As the U.S. population ages, the need for home healthcare is expanding annually. In fact, while there is an increasing demand for homecare services, the jobs are notoriously low-paying. Worse, the industry seems to be fraught with fraud.
The U.S. federal government, in the past several years, has been keeping a close eye on the industry at large, paying particular attention to the billing practices of home healthcare agencies. In fact, the government has been forced to slow the licensing approval of new agencies in various parts of the country while it attempts to cut down on fraudulent claims. The crackdown has been widespread, using technology to uncover fraud.
The U.S. Justice Department investigates healthcare fraud allegations. At present, more than half its cases involve home healthcare agencies. Statistics reveal some success in the form of a new indictment or conviction weekly.
There are many ways home health companies commit fraud. The most popular schemes involve overbilling for home care services, medical equipment and psychological services.
If you work for a home health care company, or are the beneficiary of their services, and you find out about fraudulent billing or other illegal activity on the part of the agency, contact a lawyer who can tell you if you may be able to collect money for “blowing the whistle” on the person or agency committing the alleged crime.
Speak to the experienced qui tam attorneys at Begelman & Orlow, P. C.. We have been representing whistleblowers in cases against government agencies for many years. We will protect your rights and do our best to get you compensated for your willingness to come forward and shine a light on fraud.