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Quit tam and whistleblower lawyers battling Medicare and Medicaid fraud in Carson, California

Medicare and Medicaid fraud cost California taxpayers billions of dollars annually. While many medical service providers and drug companies are ethical and work within the legal channels, there are those who do not. When scams are perpetrated, everyone can lose. Medicaid and Medicare whistleblower attorneys can help healthcare professionals to submit claims on behalf of the federal or state government to report this sort of fraud.

The federal and state government put a great deal of trust in pharmaceutical and medical companies. When that trust is ill-placed, it counts on private citizens in California to come forward to report fraud. People like you.

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Experienced Medicaid and Medicare whistleblower attorneys; representing healthcare employees in Carson, California

At Khurana Law Firm, P.C., as skilled Medicare and Medicaid whistleblower lawyers, we support your heroic decision to come forward to report abuse and scams in the industry. We know that coming forward is not easy and many things may be at stake. When you come to us, your case is kept in the strictest confidence .

With our extensive experience representing whistleblowers nationwide, we thoroughly examine your claim, diligently prepare your case, for court, and work relentlessly with both you and the federal or state government to assist in bringing fraudulent Medicaid or Medicare activity to justice.

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Whistleblower Laws in Carson, California

Medicaid fraud cost taxpayers millions of dollars every year in California. The California False Claims Act permits people who know of Medicaid fraud the ability to file a civil complaint on behalf of the state, county, municipality, public school, or any government agency that has been defrauded.

 

In addition, California is among just 2 states in the country with a qui tam statute that deals with scams executed against private insurance companies. The California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act (“IFPA”) permits people to file private qui tam suits against anyone who carries out insurance fraud in the State.

 

Under both laws, it is a civil offense for any individual, business, or insurance provider to submit deceitful claims, misuse public property, deceptively prevent monetary obligations, or returns of funds to the government. Whistleblowers who know of such activity can submit a qui tam claim to recover the damage done to the government and, in addition, collect a potential financial incentive for doing so.

 

If there is a financial recovery by the State or other subdivision of government under the California False Claims Act, the whistleblower might be entitled to rewards of in between 15-33% of the recovery. If the suit was litigated individually, the whistleblower’s reward potential increases to 25-50% of the funds recovered.

 

If there is a recovery by the state under the IFPA, the whistleblower may be entitled to incentives of in between 30-40% of the recovery if the government intervenes and 40-50% of the recovery if the government does not intervene.

Liability of the Defendant in Carson, California

Under the California False Claims Act, the accused may be mandated to pay up to 3 times the amount of damage to the government along with fines of $5,500 to $11,000 per infraction.

Statute of Limitations in Carson, California

In California, individuals filing a whistleblower lawsuit under the California False Claims Act must normally submit their problem within six years of the violation, but, there may be extensions in some instances.

Working With an Experienced Whistleblower Attorney

If you have become aware of fraudulent Medicaid activity against the state of California or deceptive activity against a private insurance business, you need to get the legal advice and assistance of a skilled whistleblower lawyer. At Khurana Law Firm, P.C., we have dedicated our practice to whistleblowers and combating scams. Contact us for a confidential, no-cost assessment to discuss your case.

What is

Medicare Advantage Fraud

Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are privately run healthcare options offering Medicare-eligible individuals additional services that are not included in traditional Medicare. These organizations receive payment from Medicare for each of their members that vary according to their risk adjustment. Some Medicare Advantage organizations overestimate and exaggerate a member’s risk or a patient’s diagnoses to get higher payments from Medicare. They do this by:

Upcoding

The MA provider increases the severity of the patient’s condition, submitting a more serious diagnosis code to get paid by Medicare at a higher rate.

Chart reviews

The MA provider reviews charts to add additional diagnosis codes.

Chart mining

The MA provider mines patient’s charts to look for conditions that are not current but can put as current to increase their payments from Medicare.

Adding unsupported diagnosis

Coders are directed to add codes based on other information in the chart.

Not removing old diagnosis codes

The MA provider increases the severity of the patient’s condition, submitting a more serious diagnosis code to get paid by Medicare at a higher rate.

Sham RADV audits

The MA provider reviews charts to add additional diagnosis codes.

Incentivizing doctors

The MA provider mines patient’s charts to look for conditions that are not current but can put as current to increase their payments from Medicare.

Pre-filling charts

Coders are directed to add codes based on other information in the chart.

If you suspect Medicare Advantage Fraud, you are a healthcare worker in Carson, California, get in touch with us here.

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Medicare Fraud is a Serious Problem

While there are no exact figures concerning Medicare fraud, we do know it is a huge problem. In the fiscal year 2020, the government recovered over $1.8 billion in civil and fraud claims relating to the healthcare industry. 

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YOU, the healthcare worker, provide the most vital role in combating Medicare abuse and fraud.

Watching for fraud and abuse within your organization, practice, or provider’s office helps protect everyone from this taxpayer drain and holds abusers accountable.

So what is Medicare Fraud?

Fraud, as it relates to Medicare, is when individuals or entities make false statements or representations to benefit themselves at the expense of the Medicare program. 

Who defrauds Medicare?

Medicare fraud can involve numerous individuals, organizations, and entities, including physicians and nurses, physician-owned groups, drug companies, home health providers, medical device providers, nursing homes, and others.

How do people and companies commit Medicare fraud?

Fraud and abuse come in many different forms from coding abuses, to kickbacks, to altering records, to organized crime infiltration. Each method benefits the abuser while costing taxpayers billions. 

What laws protect Medicare from fraudulent activity?

The False Claims Act, Anti-kickback Statute, Stark Law, and Federal Criminal Healthcare Fraud Statute hold abusers accountable for their fraudulent activity. 

What government agencies protect against Medicare fraud?

Many government agencies strive to protect and promote the integrity of Medicare. These include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Program Integrity, US Department of Health and Human Services, and US Department of Justice, all attempting to keep Medicare fraud at bay. But they rely on people like YOU to be their eyes and ears.

How can I help?

If you see abuse and fraudulent activity you should report it. In some cases, you may even be entitled to a reward. If you are a healthcare worker in Carson, California,  you can report Medicare fraud when you contact the experienced whistleblower lawyers at Khurana Law Firm, P.C. for a confidential consultation. 

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Work With A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED WHISTLEBLOWER ATTORNEY; We are proud to represent healthcare workers in Carson, California

When you become aware of fraudulent activity that may involve Medicaid or Medicare in Carson, California, you need the advice of an experienced whistleblower attorney, someone who can ensure that your claim is totally examined and filed accurately and quickly. By dealing with a knowledgeable attorney you are increasing the chance that the government will intervene, thus increasing the opportunity for a reward. Reporting Medicaid and Medicare scams is an intricate matter –  don’t attempt to do this alone, we are here to help.

At Khurana Law Firm, P.C., we have years of experience as national qui tam lawyers to assist in your fight against Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Our attorneys will examine your case on a confidential, no-obligation basis. If we believe that you may have a legitimate claim, we can represent you in a qui tam suit to report the fraud and enable you to collect a reward. Because all whistleblower cases are on contingency, you pay nothing until there is a settlement. Get in touch with us today to to schedule a confidential consultation.

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