Kansas City Lawyers for Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Protection

Whistleblowers play an important role in fighting fraud in the healthcare industry. Critically, whistleblowers are afforded significant legal safeguards for reporting medical fraud — and they may also be entitled to receive a substantial monetary award. At Brady & Associates, we are committed to assisting whistleblowers with Medicare fraud matters and ensuring their interests are protected.

The Stark Amendment for Medicare Whistleblowers

There are many ways Medicare fraud can occur. Significantly, an amendment to the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989, known as the Stark Amendment, makes it unlawful for any physician to refer a patient for medical care at a facility in which the doctor has a financial interest. The same is true in a clinical laboratory setting, in that a doctor may not make a referral to that laboratory for services if he or she has a financial interest in that laboratory. The definition of financial interest includes ownership, investment, or compensation.

The Stark Amendment was further clarified in December 2007 to specifically provide that a physician “stands in the shoes” of his or her group practice in determining whether Stark covers the doctor’s relationship with another entity. Thus, an agreement with a physicians’ group creates a direct compensation agreement with each physician for purposes of Stark violations. If you report a Stark Law violation, a knowledgeable whistleblower attorney can help you navigate the legal process and skillfully represent your interests in court.

Contact Our Experienced Kansas City Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawyers

If you are a Medicare fraud whistleblower, it’s vital to have experienced legal counsel by your side every step of the way. Based in Leawood, Kansas, Brady & Associates represents whistleblowers in Kansas, Missouri, and throughout the United States. To set up a phone consultation to learn how we can help, call us at (913) 696-0925, or contact us online.