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National Report Long Term Acute Care Hospital Fraud Day – October 2, 2023

National Report Long Term Acute Care Hospital Fraud Day has been observed on October 2 since 2017, when The Hesch Firm, L.L.C. established it. This holiday raises public awareness about the extent of Medicare fraud and provides specific instructions for reporting Long-Term Care Fraud (L.T.C.H. fraud). Medicare fraud impacts every American, and with approximately 10% of the Medicare budget being lost to this crime, it’s necessary for us all to know about and stop L.T.C.H fraud.

History of National Report Long Term Acute Care Hospital Fraud Day

Medicare fraud occurs when a person claims a Medicare health-care reimbursement they are not authorized for. There are numerous types of Medicare fraud, all with the same goal: illegally taking funds from the Medicare program.

According to the Office of Management and Budget, Medicare “improper payments” totaled $6.7 billion for evaluation and management in 2010. In 2006, healthcare entrepreneur Adam Resnick sued Omnicare, a major supplier of nursing home medications, and others involved in the company’s illegal kickback operations under the False Claims Act. Omnicare agreed to pay the federal government $98 million in November 2009 to settle five False Claims Act ‘qui tam’ (whistleblower) cases.

National Report Long Term Acute Care Hospital Fraud Day was created in 2017 by The Hesch Firm, L.L.C., founded by Joel D. Hesch, a former member of the Department of Justice’s whistleblower reward office. Hesch helped the government collect $1.5 billion from Medicare fraudsters and was instrumental in the government paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives to whistleblowers. After 15 years in government practice, he began helping fraud whistleblowers file their cases. Eventually, he founded his firm, The Hesch Firm, L.L.C., which exclusively files reports of government fraud, such as L.T.C.H. fraud, on behalf of whistleblowers across the country.

National Report Long Term Acute Care Hospital Fraud Day timeline

2006
The Hesch Firm

Hesch leaves his government position and starts The Hesch Firm to advocate for whistleblowers of government fraud.

2009
Omnicare Act Qui Tam Case Settlement

In November, Omnicare agrees to pay the federal government to settle five False Claims Act qui tam cases.

2010
False Claims Act Lawsuit

Omnicare settles its False Claims Act lawsuit.

2017
The Holiday

National Report Long Term Acute Care Hospital Fraud Day is created.

National Report Long Term Acute Care Hospital Fraud Day FAQs

What was Purdue Pharma accused of?

Purdue Pharma was accused of selling a highly addictive drug.

Who paid the largest health-care fraud in U.S. history?

GlaxoSmithKline paid $3 billion for various counts of healthcare fraud in 2012.

Why did Pfizer have to pay a penalty?

Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, agreed to pay a $2.3 billion fine to resolve civil and criminal charges for improperly advertising its painkiller.

How to Observe National Report Long Term Acute Care Hospital Fraud Day

  1. Visit Hesch’s website

    Visit Hesch’s website or download his free Medicare fraud e-book. These are important resources to learn about L.T.C.H. fraud, other Medicare fraud schemes, and the Department of Justice’s whistleblower program.

  2. Report Medicare fraud

    It’s good to learn about the benefits and hazards of reporting fraud and the numerous methods for reporting it. We encourage you to report L.T.C.H. Medicare fraud if you have relevant information.

  3. Share information online

    Sharing is caring! Tell your friends or family how to identify Medicare fraud so that you can help others. After all, Medicare fraud affects everyone.

5 Interesting Facts About Health-Care Fraud

  1. It’s expensive

    According to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, healthcare fraud costs the U.S. roughly $68 billion yearly.

  2. Health-care fraud is a crime

    Under Michigan’s Medicaid False Claims Act, healthcare fraud is a punishable crime.

  3. There’s a whistleblowing reward

    The government rewards whistleblowers in the healthcare industry.

  4. It’s a leading source of illicit revenue

    According to the 2018 National Money Laundering Risk Assessment, healthcare fraud is the leading source of illicit revenues in the U.S.

  5. Health-care providers are the culprits

    Health-care provider corporations commit the majority of Medicare fraud.

Why National Report Long Term Acute Care Hospital Fraud Day is Important

  1. It’s a way to fight fraud

    Medicare fraud is a severe problem that costs taxpayers billions of dollars and jeopardizes beneficiaries' health. Teaching the public how to report healthcare fraud is an excellent approach to fraud and abuse.

  2. It safeguards medical practice

    Reporting Medicare fraud helps safeguard and sustain integrity in medical practice. It pushes medical institutions to sit up and flag rogue doctors.

  3. It raises awareness

    Many people immediately think of tax avoidance when ‘fraud’ is mentioned. This day raises awareness about the nationwide impact of hospital and healthcare fraud, a prevalent problem in the country.

National Report Long Term Acute Care Hospital Fraud Day dates

YearDateDay
2023October 2Monday
2024October 2Wednesday
2025October 2Thursday
2026October 2Friday
2027October 2Saturday

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