Hospice Patients Alliance: Consumer Advocates

Using the False Claims Act
To File A Qui Tam Lawsuit

If a hospice agency has enrolled elderly patients and then fails to provide needed services, equipment or medications to the patients, then the hospice agency may be engaged in Medicare fraud. If you seriously believe that a hospice agency has engaged in such fraud, you may be able to file what is known as a " qui tam " lawsuit on behalf of the federal government against the hospice. This type of lawsuit should only be filed with the expert counself of an attorney who is expert in this area of practice.

You can get more information about filing Qui Tam lawsuits from:

  • Thomas R. Grande
    Grande Law Offices
    1164 Bishop Street, Suite 124-24
    Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813
    Telephone: (808) 521-7500
    Cellular: (808) 271-7500
    Facsimile: (888) 722-5575
    Represents whistleblowers under the False Claims Act (qui tam actions) and consumers and health care professionals seeking to improve the quality of health care.
    e-mail:   tgrande@grandelawoffices.com
    www.grandelawoffices.com and www.quitamonline.com

  • False Claims Specialist

    Mark Kleiman, Esq.
    11755 Wilshire Blvd. - Suite 2150
    Los Angeles, California 90025
    Tel: 310-442-4820 ** 310-442-4830 (fax)
    E-mail: markkleiman@earthlink.net

  • Timothy J. McInnis, Esq.
    McInnis Law
    521 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1700
    New York, NY 10175-0038
    Tel: (212) 292-4573
    Fax: (212) 292-4574
    Cell: (917) 903-9424
    Web site: www.whistleblowerlegal.com

    Experienced and successful whistleblower firm: representing employees and patients in healthcare (Medicare/Medicaid) billing fraud cases and whistleblower retaliation actions and severance negotiations, including hospice matters.

    Qui tam law firm specializes in government whistleblower fraud cases including healthcare, pharmaceutical, Federal False Claims Act and Medicare fraud.
    350 E Las Olas Blvd
    Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301
    Business: (954) 779-3943 ? Fax: (954) 779-3937
    Contact Nolan Law Firm.

  • Shelley Slade, Esq
    Vogel & Slade, LLP
    1225 19th St., N.W., Suite. 300
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 223-4710 or sslade@dellnet.com.

  • Qui Tam.com

    website and

  • National Whistleblower Center

Whistleblowing is not something to be lightly considered. It can have serious repercussions on your career, your financial well-being and the well-being of your family. Your family must be fully supportive of your choice for you to weather this potentially difficult time period successfully. Although there are some legal protections for whistleblowers, many employers may choose to retaliate against someone who they view as a threat to their fraudulent scheming. Legal protections do not come fully into play until after court proceedings and judicial findings of fact, which may be a few years after suffering retaliation by an unethical employer. So, if you do consider acting under any whistleblower laws, to report fraud, always get legal counsel before doing so.

Most nurses or other employees who have followed the route of being a whistleblower have found that their lives have changed forever and that they paid a price for whistleblowing. Most would not change their minds about their decision, since they believed that they had to do "what was right" and act to protect the patients and the public. However, none had an easy time as a result of whistleblowing. Members of the public who whistleblow about an agency's fraud may not be fired since they are not employees, but nevertheless, they too should seek legal counsel before acting in a qui tam lawsuit.

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