National Report Medicare Fraud Day is celebrated every year on September 12. Medicare is a common fraud that affects us all. Research says that approximately 10% of all Medicare funds are lost due to fraud. The American government spends nearly $650 billion a year on Medicare, of which $65 billion a year goes unutilized due to Medicare fraud! This is not just a personal inconvenience but also the reason why America is battling a national healthcare crisis. National Report Medicare Fraud Day not only makes us aware of the extent of Medicare fraud but also offers us detailed steps for reporting it.
History of National Report Medicare Fraud Day
National Report Medicare Fraud Day was founded in 2017 by The Hesch Firm, LLC. The day came to be after founding attorney, Joel D. Hesch, spent over 15 years working in the DOJ’s whistleblower reward office. He now exclusively represents whistleblowers across the country in filing for cases and reporting instances of fraud.
To help whistleblowers properly report Medicare fraud, Joel D. Hesch wrote a free e-book and created a website to ensure that everyone knows how to correctly report Medicare fraud and take the necessary steps to be eligible for a reward. You can visit www.ReportMedicareFraudDay.com to know more about the initiative.
Medicare fraud can be reported in two different ways and each way provides very different results. The first one is to blow the whistle under the Department of Justice (DOJ) reward program, which pays 15% to 25% of the amount the DOJ recovers. The average DOJ reward for reporting Medicare fraud is $690,000. While some have even claimed rewards as high as $150 million. If you report fraud under the DOJ program, the government is compelled to open an investigation and keep you updated on the progress. Presently DOJ whistleblowers constitute three-fourths of the government’s Medicare fraud reward cases. Thus, the government actually depends on whistleblowers to bring Medicare fraud cases to their notice and receive a reward in return. The second way to report Medicare fraud is directly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS runs the Medicare program. Fraud can be reported to the CMS through its website or by calling its hotline.
National Report Medicare Fraud Day timeline
Medicare begins under the Social Security Administration.
Speech, physical, and chiropractic therapy are added to Medicare.
Hospice care is made available to the elderly.
Medicare program for covering almost all self-administered prescription drugs is passed.
National Report Medicare Fraud Day FAQs
What is the reward for reporting Medicare fraud?
Individuals who bring a case under the FCA are generally entitled to between 15 and 25% of whatever funds the government is able to recover.
What constitutes Medicare fraud?
Medicare fraud occurs when someone knowingly deceives Medicare to receive payment when they should not, or to receive a higher payment than they should. Committing fraud is illegal and should be reported.
What can I do about Medicare fraud?
If you suspect Medicare fraud, do any of these:
- Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.
- Call the fraud hotline of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477).
How To Observe National Report Medicare Fraud Day
Trend it on social media
If you have ever reported a Medicare fraud you may want to share your experience using #ReportMedicareFraudDay on social media. Follow the hashtag to read more about such incidents.
Visit the website
Read Joel D. Hesch's ebook and visit www.ReportMedicareFraudDay.com to learn about Medicare fraud and how to report them. Spend some time of the day to learn more about both.
Help someone in need
Know someone who’s been duped in a Medicare case? Help them file a complaint and tell them how they can claim their reward.
5 Facts About Medicare That Will Blow Your Mind
The wealthier you are, the more it’ll cost you
While most people will pay the standard premium amount, some individuals will have a higher premium based on their income.
It doesn’t cover all medical grievances
Medicare only covers 80% of eligible medical expenses.
It doesn’t cover some essential care
The original plan is limited to the U.S. only
The original plan is limited to the U.S. only
Medicare doesn’t pay for anything while you’re traveling abroad.
Medicare gives a free treat
Medicare offers a free annual wellness exam.
Why We Love National Report Medicare Fraud Day
A day to claim your rights
The American Medicare program has a long history of helping those in need. If you have ever been a victim of a Medicare fraud, the day encourages you to seek justice and claim what is rightfully yours.
Makes us legally sound
Joel D. Hesch deserves praise for making legal knowledge free and easy for so many of us. You can observe the day as a reminder to learn about the law.
A day to help others
If you have ever filed a complaint for Medicare fraud, you could use your expertise to help someone else in need. The day teaches us to also lend a helping hand.
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