Millions of Americans depend on Medicaid for health coverage. Benefits help eligible low-income adults, children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with disabilities. Unfortunately, the joint federal and state program is often targeted by unscrupulous operators eager for a slice of Medicaid's more than $300 billion budget.
When he filed his whistleblower lawsuit, Vladimir Trakhter was not a high-powered executive privy to inside information about former employer Olympia Therapy Inc. He was a physical therapist assistant at the Ohio health care company back in 2008 when he began noticing disturbing behavior: the company was submitting claims to Medicare for rehabilitation therapy services that patients did not need.
It is well-known that pharmaceutical companies often provide payments for consulting and promotional speaking to doctors likely to use or prescribe the company's devices or medications. Some critics of the practice consider the payments to be a form of bribery, while others defend the practice as a way for physicians to become familiar with products that can benefit patients.
People who work in accounting and billing are often chided and teased about being numbers-driven, quiet people. Breaking the mold, two women who worked in accounts receivable recently made big legal noise.
Some readers of our Milwaukee employment law blog might sleep better tonight after reading about a recent whistleblower settlement. The $2.6 million agreement resolves allegations of Medicare fraud in a False Claims Act lawsuit filed against the owners of a chain of sleep clinics.
As lives wind down, some people require assistance with everyday tasks. One of the companies that caters to the growing population needing skilled nursing assistance is Life Care Centers of America Inc.
The fight to stop wrongdoing in the workplace is ongoing. In far too many cases, sex discrimination takes place, in which one gender is preferred by an employer or manager over the other. In still other cases, an employer will retaliate against a worker courageous enough to step forward and point out problems.
Back before modern communications systems made conversations between operators of one train and operators of another as simple as picking up a phone, signals were sent back and forth with blasts on the trains' whistles. Variations in whistle patterns meant different things to nearby railroad workers, drivers of motor vehicles and engineers on other trains.
To some, the term whistleblower brings up negative connotations. If you were to compare whistleblowers to a "rat" in a mafia movie, that would be a false equivalency. Whistleblowers provide a crucial service in the world of business and employment, ensuring that companies and even individual employees don't misappropriate their power or positions for illegal or nefarious means.
It happens in Milwaukee and it happens in cities and towns across the nation as well. When people blow the whistle on improper or illegal behavior in the workplace, they are often subjected to retaliation by supervisors and employers; retaliation that is expressly prohibited by law.