Telemedicine Companies Accused of Fraud
The owners of two Georgia-based telemedicine companies have been charged with defrauding Medicare to the tune of $56M. Advantage Choice Care and Tele Medcare allegedly solicited bribes and kickbacks from medical device suppliers, the U.S. Department of Justice says. The husband and wife owners were both charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and receiving kickbacks.
The High Price of Kickbacks
Telemedicine offers new and exciting opportunities for patient care. Unfortunately, though, there is an increased risk of healthcare fraud among these companies. In this case, the owners paid kickbacks and bribes to healthcare providers who ordered medically unnecessary orthotic back braces. Now, the couple faces serious legal trouble. While an indictment is not proof that the fraud occurred, the Department of Justice doesn’t levy these kinds of allegations without serious evidence.
Fighting Medicare Fraud
Fraudulent Medicare claims drive up the price of healthcare and taxes for all Americans. Though not always easy to spot, fraud is incredibly common. Between three and 10 percent of all annual healthcare expenditures are estimated to be fraudulent. This is hardly a victimless crime – every dollar misspent outright stolen comes at the expense of our society’s most vulnerable citizens. One of the only ways to hold unethical providers responsible for this kind of fraud is to alert authorities when it is suspected. Whistleblowers are one of the only forms of defense we have against healthcare fraud, which is why the government has enacted protections and rewards for those who speak up.
Healthcare Fraud Whistleblower Attorney Cindra Dowd
We are experienced in whistleblower protections and litigation. We are here to help you through the legal process of being a whistleblower. Having a dedicated and experienced litigator on your side can help you gain back what you have lost through retaliation. If you have uncovered improper actions taking place in your company, do not hesitate to contact us so we can assist you in receiving the protection you deserve.