Following on the heels of the US settling false claim allegations against a Florida sleep clinic, consumer advocacy group Corporate Whistleblower Center issued a press release urging employees of sleep clinics to contact the Corporate Whistleblower Center if they have proof a medical facility is being used to overbill Medicare. Corporate Whistleblower Center is a division of consumer advocacy group America’s Watchdog.
In a press statement, the center said, “We are urging employees who work at sleep clinics, who possess well documented proof of Medicare fraud, to call us anytime at 866-714-6466, because we are convinced these types of whistleblower cases are so easy to prove, and because the reward potential can be so significant.”
On September 9, the Justice Department announced it has settled part of, and joined in part of, a lawsuit brought by a whistleblower that alleges a Northeast Florida-based sleep clinic intentionally billed the government for millions of dollars of services that were not medically necessary, and, in some instances, were never actually performed. In this instance, the whistleblower will receive more than $60,000 as part of the settlement.
The Corporate Whistleblower Center continued, “If you are an employee in healthcare, and you have seen these types of practices, please call us at 866-714-6466. We are especially interested in talking to employees at healthcare facilities, who have significant proof of overbilling Medicare at a sleep clinic, at a hospice provider, at a radiology center, at a skilled nursing facility, or a dialysis center, or at a hospital ER. You are not supposed to bill Medicare for services that were never performed, or should have never been performed.”