Is Your Nebraska Employer or other Medical Provider Guilty of Medicaid Fraud?
Nebraska Medicaid uses taxpayer dollars to care for low-income families, disabled, elderly and others in need. Healthcare fraud, waste and abuse is unfortunately widespread among Nebraska hospitals, physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals, costing the government billions in unwarranted expenses each year. In 2015, the Nebraska Medicaid Fraud Control Unit prosecuted 12 criminal convictions and 7 civil settlements, recovering over $671,000 in stolen funds for the State of Nebraska.
Those with internal information regarding Nebraska Medicaid Fraud are invaluable in helping the government reclaim stolen taxpayer dollars. The federal government has enacted whistleblower laws to encourage those with knowledge of Medicaid fraud (or suspected fraud) to come forward. These laws provide strong protection against workplace retaliation and a substantial cash reward to those who chose to report their information.
Nebraska Medicaid Fraud is not just stealing taxpayer dollars. It also puts public safety at risk when healthcare providers make decisions around financial interest rather than what is best for the patient. Every health care professional has a responsibility to report knowledge of Nebraska Medicaid Fraud. If you have information regarding Nebraska Medicaid Fraud, you may be entitled to a significant cash award. Call today for a free, immediate and confidential case evaluation.
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What Whistleblower Laws Apply to Reporting Nebraska Medicaid Fraud?
The federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, is in place to help protect government funds from corrupt, dishonest individuals and companies looking to pocket taxpayer dollars. Under the federal FCA, anyone with knowledge of a company or individual committing billing violations, certification violations, illegal kickbacks, false documentation or other forms of Medicaid, Medicare or TRICARE fraud may file a whistleblower (qui tam) lawsuit on behalf of the federal government.
No specific intent to defraud the government is required to file a whistleblower lawsuit. Reckless disregard or negligence in billing policies or other practices is enough to constitute Medicaid fraud.
If the information supplied by the whistleblower leads to a successful verdict or settlement, that whistleblower is entitled to a cash award of between 10% and 30% of the total government recovery amount for their efforts. Because the government fines those who violate the federal FCA with a civil penalty of between $5,000 and $10,000 per false claim, plus three times the amount of damages sustained by the government, whistleblower cash awards are often in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.
If you suspect Nebraska Medicaid Fraud or abuse, contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline right away.
Physicians, pharmacists, sales reps, medical device manufacturers and other health care professionals with knowledge of fraud continue to help the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Inspector General to discover and prosecute acts of Nebraska Medicaid waste, abuse and billing fraud.
Does the Law Provide Protection For Those Reporting Nebraska Medicaid Fraud?
Employers who try to intimidate their employees into keeping quiet is against the law. Under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, employer retaliation in response to reporting Nebraska Medicaid fraud is a crime. Anti-retaliation provisions are in place to protect employees who choose to come forward and report suspected fraud. Under the federal FCA, if a person who reports (or plans to report) Nebraska Medicaid fraud is discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed or in any other manner discriminated against by an employer, contractor or agent, then that individual may file a civil lawsuit against the employer for damages.
The federal FCA enables employees to sue for damages that will “make the employee whole” - as he or she was before the retaliation occurred. These damages may include:
- Job position reinstatement
- Double back pay for any lost wages
- Interest on the back pay
- Special damages compensation
- Costs and reasonable attorneys' fees
If your employer has terminated your position, denied a promotion, demoted your position to one of lesser pay or supervisory roles, threatened to do so, or acted in any other way to discriminate against you for reporting Nebraska Medicaid fraud (either internally or externally), you may have a right to remedies. Contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline now to discuss your case and learn your options.
What Cash Awards Are Available for Nebraska Medicaid Fraud Whistleblowers?
The federal government knows that inside information is the best tool for discovering fraud and reclaiming taxpayer dollars. To encourage whistleblowers to come forward with their information, the government provides big financial incentives, along with anti-retaliation protections.
Under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, anyone with information regarding Nebraska Medicaid fraud may file a whistleblower lawsuit. If the action is successful and the government recovers funds through verdict or settlement, the relator is awarded between 10% and 30% of the total recovery amount.
Whistleblowers whose knowledge of Nebraska Medicaid fraud leads to successful government recovery are also entitled to reasonable attorneys’ fees and other expenses required to bring the action. The specific cash award amount is determined based on whether the government chose to intervene in the case, the significance of the whistleblower’s information and the extent to which the whistleblower aids in the investigation, along with other criteria.
Act fast. Only the first to report an incident of fraud is eligible for a cash award. The federal government pays cash awards, often ranging in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars, to whistleblowers whose report leads to government recovery. If you feel you have knowledge of Nebraska Medicaid fraud, call the Medicaid Fraud Hotline now for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Are There Time Limits for Reporting Nebraska Medicaid Fraud?
Yes! The federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, has a 6-year statute of limitations that begins on the date the violation is committed. Alternatively, relators must file a report within 3 years after the date the violations become known or reasonably should have become known. A whistleblower lawsuit cannot be filed any longer than 10 years after the date of the violation.
Civil actions under the federal FCA anti-retaliation provision must be brought within 3 years of the date of the first retaliatory incident.
If you suspect your Nebraska employer has been involved with billing violations, illegal kickbacks, certification violations, false documentation or other forms of Nebraska Medicaid fraud, we encourage you to call the Medicaid Fraud Hotline now to discuss your rights and options for a cash reward.
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If you have information regarding Medicaid Fraud in the State of Nebraska, connect with the Medicaid Fraud Hotline or fill out the online report form. Only the first to report an incident of fraud is eligible for the whistleblower cash award. Your call locks in your role as whistleblower should you choose to proceed. Call today for a fully confidential, no obligation case evaluation.
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