Do You Suspect Your Kansas Employer Is Submitting False Claims to Medicaid?
Kansas Medicaid is a federal/state cost-sharing program that provides quality health care services to over 420,000 low-income children, adults, disabled and elderly Kansas residents. When professionals and businesses in the health care industry take advantage of Kansas Medicaid and submit false or fraudulent claims to profit financially, Kansas residents suffer and the cost of health care increases for everyone.
Each year, corrupt health care professionals attempt to pocket millions in taxpayer dollars through fraudulent Kansas Medicaid billing practices. In 2015, the Kansas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit prosecuted 17 criminal convictions and 10 civil judgements and settlements, recovering nearly $4.6 million in stolen Medicaid funds for the State of Kansas. Medical equipment companies, doctors, dentists, physical therapists, counselors, nursing homes, clinics and pharmacies are in the unique position to detect and report Kansas Medicaid fraud.
Do you suspect your employer is attempting to profit financially from Kansas Medicaid? Federal laws provide whistleblowers with large cash awards and protections from employer retaliation for reporting information on Kansas Medicaid fraud. You may be eligible for a significant cash award. Contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline today for a free, immediate case evaluation to determine your eligibility to file a claim.
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What Laws Govern the Rights of Kansas Medicaid Fraud Whistleblowers?
The federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, allows private citizens to file a whistleblower (qui-tam) lawsuit on behalf of the federal government against individuals or entities they suspect have submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE or other government health care programs. Whistleblowers whose information leads to a successful settlement or verdict are entitled to between 10% and 30% any money recovered and may sue for damages in cases of employer retaliation in response to their actions in putting a stop to the violations.
Though Kansas does not have its own state FCA, the conduct that supports a claim under a state FCA is often also in violation of the federal FCA. The federal FCA is violated by any person who:
- Knowingly presents, or causes to be presented, a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval;
- Knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to a false or fraudulent claim;
- Conspires to commit a violation of the federal FCA
- Has possession, custody, or control of property or money used, or to be used, by the government and knowingly delivers, or causes to be delivered, less than all of that money or property;
- Is authorized to make or deliver a document certifying receipt of property used, or to be used, by the government and, intending to defraud the government, makes or delivers the receipt without completely knowing that the information on the receipt is true;
- Knowingly buys, or receives as a pledge of an obligation or debt, public property from an officer or employee of the government, or a member of the Armed Forces, who lawfully may not sell or pledge property; or
- Knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the government, or knowingly conceals or knowingly and improperly avoids or decreases an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the government.
The terms “Knowing” and “knowingly” mean that a person has actual knowledge of the information; acts in deliberate ignorance of the truth or falsity of the information; or acts in reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of the information. No proof of specific intent to defraud is required.
Individuals who violate the federal FCA are liable to the United States government for a civil penalty of between $5,000 and $10,000, plus three times the amount of damages sustained by the government and the costs of any civil action brought to recover any such penalty or damages.
Federal law provides Kansas whistleblowers with legal rights and protections. The federal False Claims Act pays significant cash awards to individuals with information leading to government recovery. Call the Medicaid Fraud Hotline now and discover your options for filing successful whistleblower claim.
Does the Law Protect Whistleblowers From Employer Retaliation After Reporting Kansas Medicaid Fraud?
Under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, no employer, contractor or agent may discharge, demote, suspend, threaten, harass or in any other manner discriminate against an employee, contractor or agent because of lawful acts done by the employee, contractor, agent or a person associated with the employee, contractor or agent in furtherance of an FCA action or other efforts to stop a violation of the FCA.
Whistleblowers Are Entitled To Remedies When Subjected to Employer Retaliation
Under the federal FCA, whistleblowers who experience workplace retaliation are entitled to remedies including:
- Reinstatement with the same seniority status the employee, contractor or agent would have had but for the discrimination
- Twice the amount of back pay
- Interest on the back pay
- Compensation for any special damages sustained as a result of the discrimination
- Litigation costs and reasonable attorneys' fees
Timing is Critical! If you have been fired, demoted or otherwise harassed by your Kansas employer for speaking out regarding Kansas Medicaid Fraud, contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline immediately and find out how to proceed with your case.
What Cash Awards Are Paid for Reporting Kansas Medicaid Fraud?
Under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, a whistleblower who files the initial complaint is entitled to the following amounts if the government prevails in the action:
- If the government choses to intervene, the whistleblower is entitled to between 15% and 25% of the proceeds of the action or settlement, plus reasonable attorneys’ fees and an amount to cover the expenses and costs of bringing the action.
- If the government opts not to intervene, the whistleblower is entitled to between 25% and 30% of the proceeds of the action or settlement, plus reasonable attorneys’ fees and an amount to cover the expenses and costs of bringing the action.
Final award amounts are determined based upon the significance of the whistleblower’s information and the extent to which the whistleblower aids in the investigation and advancing the case to litigation.
The decision to report Kansas Medicaid fraud directly influences the government’s ability to stop fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars and recover stolen funds. Federal and state governments distribute tax dollars carefully to ensure adequate funding of affordable health care programs. When these funds are used inappropriately, every Kansas resident suffers. Help put a stop to Kansas Medicaid fraud. Call now for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Are There Time Limitations on Reporting Kansas Medicaid Fraud?
Under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, a whistleblower lawsuit must be brought:
- Within 6 years after the date on which the violation is committed, or
- Within 3 years after the date when facts material to the right of action are known or reasonably should have been known, and
- No longer than 10 years after the date on which the violation is committed.
A civil action under the anti-retaliation provisions of the federal FCA must be brought within 3 years of the date the retaliation occurred.
The federal government pays cash awards ranging in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to whistleblowers whose report of Kansas Medicaid fraud leads to government recovery. If you feel you have knowledge of Kansas Medicaid fraud, don’t hesitate to contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline.
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If you have information regarding Kansas Medicaid Fraud, contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline or fill out the online report form. Remember, you must be the FIRST to report to secure your role as whistleblower and be eligible for a cash award. Statutes of limitations apply.
Government Awards Over $1 Million for Information on Kansas Medicaid Fraud