The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “We are urging a staff member or manager at a nursing home anywhere in the United States to call us anytime at 866-714-6466 if Medicare is being grossly overbilled for insufficient staff to care for the patients. This practice is called short-staffing and it happens in nursing homes in every state nationwide. Frequently nursing homes involved in short staffing also bill Medicare for medical procedures that never took place. If you have proof your employer-nursing home is significantly involved in these types of practices—there can significant rewards for this type of information as we would like to discuss—anytime.”
On Nov.16th, 2017 the Department of Justice announced a $1,250,000 settlement from the operator of a nursing home in Mississippi based nursing home for providing effectively worthless services to residents. The allegations included the nursing home managers failed to meet the nutritional needs of residents, failed to administer medications to residents as prescribed by their physicians, over-medicated residents, hired insufficient staff to care for them, and diverted Medicare and Medicaid funds to other entities affiliated with the operators and in doing so left the facility unable to pay for its basic operations, including food, heat, air conditioning, pest control, and cleaning. While the whistleblower reward has not yet been announced it is expected to be around $150,000.
In 2018 the Corporate Whistleblower Center intends to ramp up their efforts to assist legitimate healthcare whistleblower’s package their information in the hopes of increasing their potential whistleblower reward-with a focus on the following types of practices:
- Short staffed nursing homes that are billing Medicare as if they are fully staffed.
- Hospice providers billing Medicare for end of life medical treatment for people who are not dying.
- Drug companies bribing medical doctors with the intent—the physician will over prescribe pharmaceutical products.
- Hospitals admitting Medicare patients through their ER for expensive medical testing that should have never happened.
- Blood testing companies or imaging centers paying off physicians for unwarranted expensive medical tests.
According to the Corporate Whistleblower Center, “We want the potential whistleblowers who call us to understand their information could result in a significant whistleblower reward-provided it is well documented, and the wrongdoing is easy to prove. If a person in healthcare knows of a multimillion dollar scheme to overbill Medicare please call us anytime at 866-714-6466 about what the reward potential could be. Please don’t sit on a potentially winning lotto ticket without ever know what it might have been worth.”