A new study by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reveals that Medicare pays millions of dollars for unauthorized prescriptions each year. In 2009 alone, Medicare paid for more than 417,000 unauthorized prescriptions written by health care related professionals who lacked authority to write prescriptions under Medicare’s rules. The prescriptions were written by athletic trainers, massage therapists, dietitians, physical therapists, counselors, and veterinarians just to name a few. Estimates show that Medicare has paid more than $31 million for unauthorized prescriptions to date, leading Senator Tom Carper, Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to observe that this “cost is a threat to Medicare’s fiscal stability.”
One of the most effective ways to fight back is through whistleblower or qui tam actions brought under the False Claims Act (FCA). Individuals referred to as “whistleblowers,” who are aware of fraud being committed against the government, like submitting unauthorized prescriptions to Medicare, are encouraged to file claims under the FCA and will be entitled to a portion of the recoveries. If any of our readers are aware of this type fraud or any kind of fraud being perpetrated on the government, they are encouraged to contact our firm.
Lawyers in the Consumer Fraud Section at Beasley Allen have prosecuted this type of fraud for more than 30 years and would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about potential claims. Contact Chad Stewart, Archie Grubb or Andrew Brashier, lawyers in the section, at 1-800-898-2034 or email Chad.Stewart@beasleyallen.com, Archie.Grubb@BeasleyAllen.com or Andrew.Brashier@beasleyallen.com.
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