January 8, 2014 —Informants who blow the whistle on home health care fraud help the federal government recover millions of dollars each year that might otherwise be lost to unscrupulous Medicare scams. The qui tam language in the federal False Claims Act gives health care insiders a powerful weapon for fighting fraud in their industry. In return for bringing a claim on the government’s behalf, insiders keep part of any proceeds from a whistleblower claim.
Michigan Health Care Providers Bill $34 Million in False Claims to Medicare
Health care workers in the Detroit, Michigan area continue to be charged in a variety of health care fraud schemes with notable regularity. The Justice Department has recently announced charges against 20 defendants who allegedly submitted over $34 million in false claims to Medicare. As part of the latest sweep, charges have been unsealed in the following matters:
United States v. Elhorr, et al.