New York, New York (PRWEB) June 06, 2013
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals against fraud, commends seniors for the role they played in helping the government to recover about $14.9 billion in Medicare fraud over the past four years, as reported on June 6, 2013, by USA Today. The firm also supports a proposed rule that would allow these whistleblowers to earn up to $9.9 million in reward money, according to the USA Today report.
"The 50 million Medicare beneficiaries is one of the greatest weapons that can be used to battle fraud on this front,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “We strongly support the effort to increase the incentive for potential Medicare whistleblowers to $9.9 million. Due to these efforts, I expect the government to recover an incalculable amount from those individuals and companies dedicated to stealing from Medicare.”
Last year, seniors placed between 40,000 and 50,000 phone calls to the Medicare fraud hotline, which were key to the investigations that followed, according to the USA Today report. Seniors utilized Medicare's fraud hotline to report billings by doctors whom they had never seen. And, by analyzing such data, federal health officials soon were able to focus on potential cases of fraud, including one provider that alone was the subject of up to 300 fraud hotline tips.
In addition to the hotline, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is touting the redesigned quarterly Medicare statements, which are meant to help seniors better and more easily notice fraudulent billings,
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