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CNBC recently ran a documentary entitled Health Care Hustle regarding rampant fraud by health care providers as well as criminals holding themselves out as health care providers. Estimates are that 80 to 100 billion dollars annually are stolen from taxpayers by hucksters who fleece the health care system, including Medicare and Medicaid tax dollars with sophisticated health care and billing fraud schemes. The criminal justice system prosecutes many, but because the burden of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt” and because federal and state prosecutors have to decide where their resources are most likely to result in a conviction, these criminals often go unprosecuted. What is the cure for this unprosecuted Medicare Fraud? The federal and state “False Claims Acts“, otherwise known as “qui tam” litigation.
We have experienced False Claims Act attorneys who know how to investigate and prove health care fraud, such as Medicare and Medicaid fraud, as well as other types of fraud upon state and federal government agencies. If you are aware of government fraud, such as Medicare fraud, you may be entitled to compensation as a “whistleblower”, but you must be careful in how your report this fraud, or you lose your right to be compensated. You need an experienced False Claims Act attorney or whistleblower lawyer. Call us for a free and confidential consultation.