The Martin Law Firm is a premiere health law firm that defends False Claims Act and qui tam whistleblower actions brought against health care providers, including physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, billing companies, and medical suppliers. Health care attorney Jason B. Martin has vast experience defending health care providers from claims of health care fraud and violations of the Civil False Claims Act. If you are a health care provider that is facing allegations of health care fraud, contact the Martin Law Firm today to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation.
Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuits | The False Claims Act
A provision of the federal False Claims Act known as “qui tam” encourages private citizens with alleged knowledge of fraudulent claims against the government to file a lawsuit in federal court on the government’s behalf. These legal actions are commonly known as whistleblower lawsuits.
Violations of the False Claims Act entail submitting fraudulent claims for payment to the government. In the health care industry, violations generally involve submitting false claims to government health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Health Care Fraud
Health care providers that participate in federally funded health care programs are held to strict standards of legal compliance. Any deviation from full compliance subjects a health care provider to potential liability under the False Claims Act, even without evidence of direct and intentional fraud in billing and/or reimbursement. Common types of health care fraud include Medicare fraud (including issues of medical necessity, poor or improper documentation and fraudulent billing practices) as well as violations of the Stark Statute and Anti-Kickback Law.
Liability for Violating the False Claims Act
A health care provider’s potential liability for violations of the False Claims Act is tremendous. Qui tam lawsuits are designed to reward whistleblowers for their efforts to stop and expose fraud against the government. A health care defendant in a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit is potentially liable for three (3) times the amount of damages that the government sustains as a result of the fraud and/or false claims. Each and every separate false claim (invoice, voucher, document for payment, etc.) constitutes a separate claim for which a civil penalty may be imposed.
Contact a Health Care Fraud Defense Attorney
If you are a health care provider and you have been accused of health care fraud, including Medicare fraud or violations of the federal False Claims Act, it is imperative that you contact an experienced health care fraud defense attorney as soon as possible. The Martin Law Firm is an experienced and skilled health law firm that has zealously represented health care providers for over a decade.
At the Martin Law Firm, we take the time to learn the details of your particular legal issue so that we can tailor an appropriate defense strategy to meet the needs of you and your practice. We have detailed knowledge of the complexity of the health care system, and we utilize our vast network of resources to ensure that each client receives the best legal representation possible. Have you been accused of health care fraud? Contact the Martin Law Firm today to schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced health law attorney.