Attorneys in California and Nevada Protect Healthcare Fraud Whistleblowers
Helping clients fight fraud in the healthcare industry
Healthcare fraud is so widespread, unfortunately, that fraudulent claims make up approximately ten percent of all healthcare expenses nationwide. According to the FBI, healthcare fraud costs $80 million annually. At The Drakulich Firm, A Professional Law Corporation, our attorneys have years of experience representing whistleblowers who uncover and report fraud on the part of healthcare providers, hospitals, surgical centers, rehabilitation centers and other medical facilities. Acts of healthcare fraud include:
- Misrepresenting Medicare and Medicaid claims
- Performing medically unnecessary procedures for the purpose of increasing billings
- Modifying patient records
- Fraudulent representations by a hospital or other healthcare facility
- Accepting kickbacks for patient referrals to a healthcare facility
- Misleading product and device claims by a drug company or medical device manufacturer
Healthcare fraud can be difficult to stop because federal law requires that insurance companies pay provider claims within 30 days, which doesn’t give investigators of fraudulent claims much time.
Blowing the whistle on healthcare fraud
There are ways that the average citizen can help reduce healthcare fraud. The FBI recommends that you check the “explanation of benefits” statements your insurance provider sends you, to make sure the services listed there have actually been provided by your doctor or healthcare facility. As a savvy consumer, you should question anything that doesn’t make sense.
If you work in a healthcare facility or medical office and observe or are asked to perform fraudulent acts, such as those listed above, meet with a whistleblower attorney immediately to discuss your options. You may want to pursue a suit or report the incident to a law enforcement agency such as the FBI. You may also need representation to protect yourself from any liability and from possible retaliation by your employer.
At The Drakulich Firm, our healthcare fraud attorneys can help you determine the best course of action. Some healthcare fraud actions may actually constitute tax fraud or government fraud. Our experienced attorneys can help make that determination. Just as importantly, we can help protect your legal rights.
Discuss your healthcare fraud whistleblowing concerns with an experienced attorney
To learn more about how The Drakulich Firm, A Professional Law Corporation can represent you in a healthcare fraud whistleblowing lawsuit, call us at 858-755-5887 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation today. Our appointment schedule is flexible for your convenience. Our offices are located in San Diego, CA and Reno, NV.