Center to explain federal whistleblower programs to workers with proof of fraudulent Medicare claims

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 5, 2014 at 6:31 a.m.



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Hospice Workers Witnessing Medicare Over-Billing Eligible for

Corporate Whistleblower Center Rewards Program

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Corporate

Whistleblower Center, "Hospice programs are designed to provide

much-needed care and services to those who are terminally ill and have

just weeks or months to live. For a hospice center to abuse this

tax-payer funded program like Medicare for their own gain is not only

a crime, it is also morally reprehensible. If an employee who works

for a company providing hospice services has specific proof of major

overbilling Medicare we definitely want them to call us at

866-714-6466, so we can carefully explain whistleblower programs to

them." http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com

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One recent example of this occurred in Florida, where Orlando-area

hospice Hospice of the Comforter, Inc. (HOTCI) agreed to pay $3

million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act

by allegedly submitting claims to Medicare for hospice services, even

though the patients were allegedly not eligible for hospice care.

Additionally, the lawsuit alleged that HOTCI instructed its employees

to admit all patients, whether they were eligible for hospice services

or not, in order to bill Medicare for a higher reimbursement rate. The

lawsuit also alleged that the organization falsified records in order

to make it appear that ineligible patients were eligible. The lawsuit

was filed by a former employee of HOTCI, who will receive a portion of

the $3 million settlement as a reward.

http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com

"If you work for a hospice company that is overbilling Medicare out of

hundreds of thousands, or millions of dollars each year, and you

possess well-documented proof, please call us at 866-714-6466 so we

can explain federal whistleblower programs to you," says the Corporate

Whistleblower Center. "All information is kept confidential. If your

proof is substantial enough, we will get you to the best attorneys in

the country, and we will help you package your information."

http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com

Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistleblower

Center:

-- Do not go to the government first if you are a major whistleblower.

The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "Major whistleblowers

frequently go to the federal government thinking they will help. It's

a huge mistake."

-- Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information.

Public revelation of a whistleblower's information could destroy any

prospect for a reward.

-- Do not try to force a government contractor, or corporation to come

clean to the government about their wrongdoing. The Corporate

Whistleblower Center says, "Fraud is so rampant among federal

contractors that any suggestion of exposure might result in an instant

job termination, or harassment of the whistleblower. Come to us first,

tell us what type of information you have, and if we think it's

sufficient, we will help find the right law firms to assist in

advancing your information."

-- The Corporate Whistleblower Center wants to emphasize there are

high quality whistleblowers in every state including California, New

York, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Virginia,

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia,

Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois,

Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas,

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon,

Washington, and Alaska.

Any type of insider or employee who possesses significant proof of

their employer or a government contractor defrauding the federal

government is encouraged to contact to Corporate Whistleblower Center

anytime at 866-714-6466 or via their web site

at http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com

For attribution purposes please refer to the November 2013 press

release on this topic from the Justice Department:

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/November/13-civ-1179.html

Case Number: The case is United States ex rel. Stone v. Hospice of the

Comforter Inc ., No. 6:11-cv-1498-ORL-22-DAB (M.D. Fla.).

Media Contact: M. Thomas Martin 866-714-6466

Read more news from the Corporate Whistleblower Center.

SOURCE Corporate Whistleblower Center

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