Do You Have Knowledge of Utah Medicaid Fraud?
Whistleblowers who chose to report fraud against Utah’s taxpayer-funded health care programs help preserve important medical resources and keep the costs of health care in check.
Federal whistleblower laws offer significant cash rewards to those who contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline and protect whistleblowers from employer retaliation. If you suspect your Utah health care employer may be guilty of submitting false or fraudulent claims to Utah Medicaid, you can help put a stop to the fraud, waste and abuse of valuable taxpayer dollars.
Whether you merely suspect your Utah employer of Medicaid fraud or you are certain that you have valuable evidence, you could be eligible for a cash award in exchange for your information under the federal False Claims Act.
Utah’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) relies on honest, proactive physicians, nurses, dentists, assistants, bookkeepers, pharmacists, sales representatives and other health care professionals to report any information they feel may be relevant to preventing stolen Medicaid funds.
If you feel you have knowledge of Utah Medicaid fraud, contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline by phone or using the online form for a free, immediate case evaluation. Your privacy is guaranteed. Contacting the Medicaid Fraud Hotline does not obligate you to file a claim.
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What Whistleblower Laws Apply to Reporting Utah Medicaid Fraud?
Under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, individuals who submit false claims to Medicaid programs are liable to the government for a penalty of between $10,781.40 and $21,562.80 per false claim, plus three times the amount of damages, litigation costs and other costs associated with pursuing a claim.
The federal FCA includes a whistleblower, "qui tam," provision that authorizes any individual to bring a civil action on behalf of the government to recover losses suffered from an FCA violation. If that whistleblower action is successful in recovering money for the government, the whistleblower is entitled to receive a cash award equaling 10% and 30% of the total government recovery.
Common forms of federal FCA violations include off-label drug marketing, billing fraud, fraudulent documentation, kickbacks, medical necessity fraud, Stark Law violations, false certifications and other forms of fraud, waste and abuse of government funds.
Whistleblowers who obtain knowledge of these activities, even if the activity is apparently accidental, may be eligible to file a claim and collect a cash award.
The Medicaid Fraud Hotline protects the privacy and rights of Utah health care employees and others who chose to report Medicaid Fraud. Call today and learn whether your information makes you eligible to file a claim in a free, fully confidential, no obligation case consultation.
What Protections Does Federal Law Provide For Utah Medicaid Whistleblowers?
The federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, protects individuals who report potential false claims against discharge, demotion, harassment or other discrimination in employment because of the report.
Employees who are retaliated against because of whistleblower activities may file an action for damages, including job reinstatement, double lost wages, interest on lost wages, special damages and costs of attorneys’ fees and litigation. The federal FCA protects those employees who make a report about a violation of the federal FCA and those who assist in the investigation of such a violation.
The federal FCA is the number one tool the government uses to fight corrupt pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers and health care providers who try to profit illegally from government-funded health care programs. If you suspect your Utah employer or medical provider is acting to defraud Utah Medicaid, contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline now for a no-cost, confidential case evaluation.
What Cash Awards Are Offered for Reporting Utah Medicaid Fraud?
The federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, provides whistleblowers with a cash reward of between 15% to 25% of any government recovery for cases in which the Attorney General intervenes, and from 25% to 30% for cases in which the Attorney General does not intervene. Whistleblowers are also eligible to collect amounts to cover expenses, costs and reasonable attorney fees when their information leads to successful government recovery.
As Utah Medicaid fraud becomes more widespread, federal and state governments become less equipped to discover each potential violation. Utah health care professionals with knowledge of fraud are the number one tool the government has to fight fraud and recover taxpayer dollars for the state. The federal FCA provides both financial incentives and protections for those willing to come forward and report Utah Medicaid Fraud. Learn whether your information is eligible for a cash whistleblower award by calling the Medicaid Fraud Hotline or filling out the online report form.
Are There Time Limits on Reporting Utah Medicaid Fraud?
Due to “first-to-file” bars, only the first to report an incident of Utah Medicaid fraud is eligible to collect the cash whistleblower award. In addition, the federal FCA has a 6-year statute of limitations that begins on the date of the violation or a 3-year statute of limitations that begins on the date when the facts material to the right of action become known or reasonably should have become known by the state.
Civil actions under the anti-retaliation provisions of the federal FCA must be brought within 3 years of the date the retaliation occurred.
Because of the statutes of limitations and first-to-file bar, it is critical that those with knowledge of Medicaid fraud act fast. Once you make the call, your role as whistleblower is solidified. The Medicaid Fraud Hotline will then help you learn your options and determine your next steps. Call now or fill out our online report form.
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Whether You Should Report Medicaid Fraud
Doctors, hospitals, nurses, home health care agencies, clinics, pharmacies and medical transportation agencies may attempt to steal tax dollars from Utah Medicaid by submitting false claims. If you suspect a medical provider is committing fraud against Utah Medicaid, don’t delay. Contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline to check your eligibility for a whistleblower award.
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