Georgia Law Protects Whistleblowers Reporting Dangerous Nursing Homes
A new study shows that $5.1 billion of taxpayer money was spent by our government to fund care at nursing homes that failed to meet basic federal requirements. The Associated Press reports that one out of every three patients who required care at a skilled nursing facility ended up in a place that did not meet federal standards of care.
When someone requires daily help from a therapist or nurse, they can pursue financial support for their needs from Medicare. This new study from the Department of Health and Human Services clearly shows that many vulnerable elderly patients are not receiving the basic care they need. Facilities that are receiving funding from Medicare or Medicaid need to write up care plans that are specifically tailored for each resident. Unfortunately, many facilities are finding ways to get funding for procedures and services they are not even providing. Others are requiring patients to go through therapy that is not needed just so that the facility can continue to receive funding.
If you have knowledge of a Georgia facility that is wrongfully billing Medicare or Medicaid, you may become a whistleblower in a qui tam lawsuit. Fraudulent Medicare billing is a violation of the False Claims Act and there are generous rewards for whistleblowers that help successful qui tam actions. These rewards are financial compensation for helping the government recover funds that were lost to abuse and fraud.
The experienced Georgia nursing home abuse lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., fight to ensure that Georgia nursing home residents receive the care they need. We provide free case evaluations at (404) 995-3955 to anyone who has information about a fraudulent Georgia nursing home. We will work diligently to protect your rights under the whistleblower protection provisions of the False Claims Act. Please contact us today to find out how we can help.
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