NEW LAW EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1 REQUIRES HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS TO REPORT FRAUD

Most of the nation’s hospital and nursing homes will have to teach their employees how to find fraud and report it to the government under a new federal law. Companies which do at least $5 million a year in Medicaid business must educate all employees and officers on how to detect fraud, waste, and abuse. Moreover, healthcare providers must tell all employees that if they report fraud, they will be protected against retaliation and may be entitled to a share of money recovered by the government.

Congress imposed the new requirement as part of a cost-cutting law, the Deficit Reduction Act, signed by President Bush in February. The administration did not issue any guidance until Dec. 13, and many health care executives are just becoming aware of their obligations.

Read the New York Times article on this new law.

Dan Frith

Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.