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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
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.
"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."
Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistleblower
-- 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
For attribution purposes please refer to the November 2013 press
release on this topic from the Justice Department:
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.
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