Whistleblowing employees from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital — Hamilton have helped the federal government recover $6.35 million in two lawsuits filed against the hospital. News of the large settlement was recently reported here. The whistleblowers claimed that RWJ-Hamilton officials were inflating charges to Medicare patients to obtain larger reimbursements. A federal investigation found the allegations to be meritorious. Speaking for the Department of Justice, Tony West, an assistant attorney general, stated that “[t]axpayer dollars should go towards quality healthcare, not (be) wasted on fraud and abuse.”
The lawsuits were brought under the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act. This law provides a “bounty” to whistleblowers who help the government recover money from entities who have cheated it. Under the terms of the settlement, the whistleblowers will receive $1,111,250.
If you are an employee of a hospital, doctor’s office, or other health care provider and have proof that your employer is cheating Medicare or Medicaid, you should immediately consult with a knowledgeable New Jersey whistleblower attorney. It is not easy being a whistleblower. It takes courage, perserverance, and the proper legal advice and support.