The Corporate Whistleblower Center is a watchdog group that works to help whistleblowers make their case against organizations committing fraud and other crimes. The group recently announced a call-to-action for doctors and physician groups that included hints of million-dollar rewards for turning in Stark Law violators. The violators of interest to the Corporate Whistleblower Center include pharmaceutical companies providing illegal kickbacks to medical providers and those committing Medicare fraud.
Exposing Medical Fraud
The group is asking doctors and others in the medical field to notify them if they should witness any violations. Most doctors and their staff know that Stark violations can be costly. Not only can kickbacks become costly for a practice, but there are also costs to the reputation of the practice as well. In addition, serious cases can result in restricting a physician and pharmaceutical firms from participating in Medicaid or Medicare programs.
The Corporate Whistleblower Center described one instance where a pharmaceutical firm booked conventions consisting of their sales staff inviting doctors to speak for thousands of dollars at the events. The same company provided meals to doctors who promoted their brand, and had a production-based rebate scheme with a physician-owned pharmacy. These were just a few of the instances in which the company and physicians allegedly engaged.
Corporate Whistleblower Center Rules
Rules provided by the Corporate Whistleblower Center guide prospective whistleblowers so that they do not accidentally forfeit their reward. The most vital rules are to avoid going directly to the government or news media. Once information becomes public knowledge, there is a reduced potential for a reward. They also stress to not attempt to contact or interact with the perpetrator. The Corporate Whistleblower Center advises to contact them first and they will determine if there is enough information to warrant action. They will then inform doctors on finding the right law firm to represent their interests following the action.
Philadelphia Stark Law Compliance Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Help Corporate Whistleblower Doctors
When a doctor or medical practice group discovers an outside firm engaging in Stark Law violations, there will be a thorough investigation. Having the right law firm representing your interests is very important. The Philadelphia Stark Law compliance lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. have a reputation for helping doctors before, during, and after allegations of Stark Law violations. Contact us online or call us now at 215-569-1999. We are centrally located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and proudly serve clients throughout the state and New Jersey.