Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Turning Up The Heat

by Paul F. Bohn

In an effort to curb Medicaid and Medicare abuse, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has ramped up its efforts in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Evidence of this is in the creation of the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) within the Department of Justice. A HEAT Medicare Strikeforce has recently been sent to the Detroit Metropolitan area and has identified over $120 million in Medicaid and Medicare abuse, charging hundreds of Defendants criminally.

Michigan is one of the few states that allows a private individual to sue and recover a portion of damages when others abuse the Medicaid and Medicare system. Often termed “whistleblower” suits, persons with knowledge of Medicaid and Medicare abuse and who report the same, may be eligible to share in the recovery. If you believe you have information that someone has been abusing Medicaid or Medicare, and want to discuss your options, please contact either Paul Bohn(248.380.0000, ext 243) or Mark Mandell (248.380.9976).

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