In late April, media outlets around the nation's capital reported that problems were detected with concrete that was poured in a $2.6 billion project to extend rail service to Dulles International Airport. More recently, news reports emerged that allege that a subcontractor knowingly allowed the defective concrete panels to be installed in the project.
The growing Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha is known for its natural spring water that was long ago believed to have healing properties. More recently, the city of about 70,000 has become known for its health care businesses and commitment to its parks and library.
Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE and other government health programs often provide suppliers, clinics and healthcare facilities with reimbursements for a wide range of services. Healthcare fraud may occur anywhere throughout the spectrum of healthcare services, including allegations involving medical device suppliers, medical practitioners and treatment providers.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been beset in recent years by scandals, including here in Wisconsin at the Tomah facility about three hours northwest of Milwaukee. The scandals that have plagued VA hospitals across the nation have come to light because of the bravery of whistleblowers who will not turn a blind eye to misconduct.
Led by an aging Baby Boom generation, the graying of America is well underway. While many Milwaukee-area employers embrace the shift toward an older workforce, some are resistant to the change and even push older employees out to make way for younger hires.
Many people in the Milwaukee area rely on medical device suppliers to provide needed equipment for their ongoing care. Home oxygen supplies are often necessary for individuals with respiratory conditions, including many forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, to facilitate breathing. Medicare covers the rental costs for many patients who use stationary or portable equipment to supply oxygen.
Here's a hypothetical situation: you land a new job with a Milwaukee employer, but quickly realize that the company is defrauding the federal government. What do you do? How long will you wait to report the illegal activity? And what do you do if your employer does not agree to end the fraud?