Healthcare Fraud Page
Healthcare fraud hurts everyone, especially the poor and elderly who are denied critical care. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, healthcare fraud is a serious problem that is being proactively addressed. A report from that department from 2013 revealed the following.
The government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered a record-breaking $4.3 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, up from $4.2 billion in FY 2012, from individuals and companies who attempted to defraud federal health programs serving seniors or who sought payments from taxpayers to which they were not entitled. Over the last five years, the administration’s enforcement efforts have recovered $19.2 billion, up from $9.4 billion over the prior five-year period. Since the inception of the program in 1997, the HCFAC Program has returned more than $25.9 billion to the Medicare Trust Funds and treasury.
At Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, our law firm is experienced at working with clients who are the victims of healthcare fraud. Our twenty plus years of experience in the Baton Rouge area have taught us how rampant this kind of fraud is. We understand the consequences that victims suffer, and we are experienced in providing the legal council necessary to fight healthcare fraud clams, including monetary rewards. Successful healthcare fraud claims can garner substantial rewards.
Here are some of the most common methods used by criminals to fraudulently obtain patient insurance information, according to the FBI:
♣ Providing an inducement, such as money or a gift, to beneficiaries to visit a location (normally a medical clinic), where identifying information is obtained when the patient signs in.
♣ Obtaining patient information when patients obtain a free screening, a method frequently used at health fairs.
♣ Inducing medical personnel with access to patient insurance information to copy the information and provide it to those involved in fraud schemes.
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