Of all the kinds of government fraud that a whistleblower can call attention to, hospice fraud —making money by using dying patients to scam Medicare and Medicaid—can feel especially odious. Sometimes hospice providers even claim people are closer to death than they actually are in order to swindle us all out of our tax dollars. Caris Healthcare, headquartered in Knoxville, TN, and which has seven SC locations, including ...
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring July 30, 2016, to be National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. On this day, all federal agencies are encouraged to tell all “employees, contractors working on behalf of United States taxpayers, and members of the public about the legal rights of citizens of the United States to ‘blow the whistle’ by honest and good faith reporting of misconduct, fraud, misdemeanors...
In June, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its second-largest award since its whistleblower program began five years ago. A former employee provided a “detailed tip that substantially advanced” the SEC’s investigation and its enforcement action. Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, stated in a release, “The information and assistance provided by this whistleblower...
You think you may be having a heart attack. Or you can’t breathe. Or a loved one becomes unconscious. What do you do? You call for an ambulance, as these are often life-threatening situations. Ambulance rides that are medically necessary are a benefit on many health insurance plans, including Medicare. In 2012, the total that Medicare paid to ambulance providers was nearly $6 billion. For perspective, that’s more money th...

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