Medicare Whistleblower Attorney
Our Attorneys Can Help You Blow the Whistle on Medicare Fraud
Medicare costs the federal government (and U.S. taxpayers) tens of billions of dollars each year. The latest estimates now put the annual cost of Medicare fraud above $100 billion—and this figure will likely continue increasing as the number of patients in the U.S. grows and the costs of healthcare continue to rise.
To put this into perspective, the current figure means that the federal government pays more than $250 million in fraudulent Medicare claims every single day.
These are exorbitant losses—and they are losses that whistleblowers can help the government (and taxpayers) recover. Whistleblowers play an important role in the federal government’s fight against Medicare fraud. Federal law provides clear protections to encourage whistleblowing; and, if you are aware (or believe you may be aware) of fraudulent billing practices, speaking with a Medicare whistleblower lawyer is the right thing to do.
Extensive Experience on All Sides of Medicare Whistleblower Matters
At Oberheiden P.C., we have extensive experience on all sides of Medicare whistleblower matters. Along with experience representing whistleblowers, many of our whistleblower attorneys have prior experience investigating Medicare fraud claims at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Many of our attorneys have experience defending providers during Medicare audits and investigations as well. As a result, we are thoroughly familiar with the relevant laws, billing regulations, and procedures—and we can use our experience to help you make informed decisions as you move forward.
When you speak with a Medicare whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C., you are under no obligation to move forward with filing a whistleblower complaint. Our role is to serve as your advisor, and to serve as your representative if you decide to blow the whistle. Your attorney will help you understand what it means to serve as a Medicare whistleblower and what you can expect if you decide to blow the whistle, and then you will have the opportunity to use this information to decide what you want to do next.
What to Expect When You Meet with a Medicare Whistleblower Attorney at Oberheiden P.C.
As a potential Medicare whistleblower, knowing what to expect is important. Here is what you can expect when you schedule a free and confidential consultation with a Medicare whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C.:
- Complete Confidence – From the moment you contact us, we will protect your identity, and we will maintain all information you share in complete confidence. We will continue to protect your identity throughout the process, and we will only disclose your information to the federal government if you decide to move forward as a Medicare whistleblower.
- One-on-One Representation – As a client, you will work directly with a Medicare whistleblower lawyer throughout the course of our representation. Your attorney will be available when you have questions; and, if you choose to move forward, your attorney will communicate with the federal government on your behalf.
- Senior-Level Experience – All of our attorneys have senior-level experience, including prior senior-level experience at the DOJ in many cases. In addition, our team includes several former high-ranking federal agents who used to investigate Medicare fraud for the federal government.
- Personalized Advice and Assistance – As a Medicare whistleblower, you need personalized advice and assistance, and this is what we provide. We will advise you based on your individual circumstances; and, if you decide to move forward with blowing the whistle on Medicare fraud, you will work closely with your attorney every step of the way.
- No Out-of-Pocket Fees or Costs – We do not charge our whistleblower clients any out-of-pocket fees or costs. You are doing a service to the country by blowing the whistle on Medicare fraud, and you should not have to pay to do so. If the government recovers fraudulent Medicare billings as a result of your whistleblower complaint, you may be eligible for an award; and, if we help you collect an award, we will recoup our fees and costs from the government’s recovery.
When Can (and Should) You Blow the Whistle on Medicare Fraud?
Medicare fraud can take many different forms. Sometimes it is intention and sometimes it is inadvertent—and sometimes it is made to seem inadvertent when it is intentional.
All forms of Medicare fraud violate federal law. All forms of Medicare fraud cost taxpayers, and all forms of Medicare fraud contribute to the rising costs of healthcare in the United States. As a result, all forms of Medicare fraud need to be exposed; and, more often than not, whistleblowers are in the best position to expose their employers’ (or others’) fraud, waste, and abuse.
So, when can (and should) you blow the whistle on Medicare fraud? The simple answer is that you should speak with an attorney about coming forward if you have any concerns about Medicare fraud for any reason. This includes (but is not limited to) common forms of Medicare fraud such as:
- Billing for medically unnecessary services, items, or supplies
- Double-billing Medicare and other payors
- Upcoding, unbundling, and other coding violations
- Phantom billing (billing for services, items, or supplies not provided to patients)
- Falsifying patient information and other fraudulent practices
Many potential Medicare whistleblowers have questions about the types of records and amount of information they need to blow the whistle. The short answer is, “It depends.” As a whistleblower, you need to be able to substantiate your good-faith belief that a healthcare provider or other business has improperly billed Medicare. You do not need to be able to prove it conclusively. Once you file your whistleblower complaint, the federal government will conduct an investigation—and the purpose of this investigation is to determine if enforcement action is warranted.
With our attorneys’ experience handling Medicare fraud matters from all perspectives, we can evaluate the information you have in your possession and explain whether we believe it makes sense for you to move forward with filing a whistleblower complaint. If so, and if you decide to move forward, we will prepare your information for submission to the federal government. If additional information is needed, we will work with you to assess your options, and we will continue to advise you as you choose your next steps.
FAQs: Reporting Fraud with the Help of a Medicare Whistleblower Attorney
How do I know if I have enough information to report Medicare billing fraud?
Knowing when you have enough information to blow the whistle on Medicare billing fraud isn’t always (or even often) easy. The information you need depends on the circumstances at hand; and, while you need enough information to form a good-faith belief that Medicare fraud has been committed, you do not need conclusive proof of fraud. When you meet with a Medicare whistleblower attorney at Oberheiden P.C., your attorney will be able to determine whether you have adequate information to file a whistleblower complaint.
Am I entitled to anonymity as a Medicare whistleblower?
You can remain anonymous as a Medicare whistleblower if you choose to do so. If you disclose your identity to the federal government, the government will be required to protect your identity in accordance with federal law. Your Medicare whistleblower attorney will assist with protecting your identity as well.
Can I lose my job for reporting Medicare fraud to the federal government?
Your employer cannot legally fire you for reporting Medicare fraud to the federal government. This is textbook retaliation, and it is prohibited under federal law. If your employer terminates your position illegally, your Medicare whistleblower attorney will be able to assist you with seeking appropriate remedies.
Do I need an attorney to report Medicare fraud to the federal government?
While you have the option of reporting Medicare fraud to the federal government on your own, it is best to work with an experienced Medicare whistleblower attorney. It costs nothing, and your attorney will be able to help you make informed decisions throughout the process. At Oberheiden P.C., several of our attorneys have prior experience prosecuting Medicare fraud for the federal government, and we are well-versed in all aspects of the federal Medicare whistleblower regulations and procedures.
How can a Medicare whistleblower attorney help me?
From determining whether you have enough information to come forward to communicating with federal agents and prosecutors on your behalf, there are several key ways a Medicare whistleblower attorney can help you. If you are thinking about blowing the whistle on Medicare fraud, we strongly encourage you to speak with an attorney before you do anything else. Your attorney will help you make informed decisions with your best interests in mind; and, if you decide to come forward, your attorney will help ensure that the process is as smooth as possible.
Speak with a Medicare Whistleblower Attorney in Confidence
If you would like to know more about working with a Medicare whistleblower lawyer, we invite you to get in touch. We represent Medicare whistleblowers nationwide. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a senior attorney at Oberheiden P.C., please call 888-680-1745 or contact us confidentially online today.