September 12th represents the National Report Medicare Fraud Day. Medicare fraud affects us all. Ten percent of all Medicare funds are lost due to fraud. Because the government spends $650 billion a year on Medicare, $65 billion a year is lost to Medicare fraud. It’s no wonder why we have a national health care crisis!
Two quite different ways of reporting Medicare fraud exist, each with two very different results. One is to blow the whistle under the Department of Justice (DOJ) reward program, which pays 15% to 25% of the amount DOJ recovers. The average DOJ reward for reporting Medicare fraud is $690,000. Some rewards have been as high as $150 million!
In addition, if you report fraud under the DOJ program, the government must open an investigation and inform you of the results. Today, over three-fourths of the government’s Medicare fraud cases are DOJ whistleblower reward cases. Thus, the government is counting on whistleblowers to bring Medicare fraud cases to DOJ and receive a reward in the process.
The other way to report fraud directly is to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the Medicare program. You can report fraud to CMS through its website or by calling its hotline.
The National Report Medicare Fraud Day not only brings awareness to the amount of Medicare fraud but provides the public with detailed steps for reporting it.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ReportMedicareFraudDay
It’s time to put an end to fraudulent Medicare claims! Become a part of the solution. Simply visit the National Report Medicare Fraud Day website (www.ReportMedicareFraudDay.com). You can download a free e-book with step-by-step instructions for reporting Medicare fraud. It is your one resource for all you need to know about reporting Medicare fraud.
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NATIONAL REPORT MEDICARE FRAUD DAY HISTORY
The National Report Medicare Fraud Day started in 2017. It was formed by The Hesch Firm, LLC after founding attorney, Joel D. Hesch, spent over 15 years working in DOJ’s whistleblower reward office. Mr. Hesch now exclusively represents whistleblowers nationwide in filing for rewards for reporting fraud.
To help whistleblowers properly report Medicare fraud, he authored a free e-book and created a website to ensure that the public knows how to properly report Medicare fraud and follow the steps necessary to be eligible for a reward. Visit the website:www.ReportMedicareFraudDay.com
In 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on September 12th, annually.