The national report Medicare fraud week holiday is the first week of August and was first celebrated in August of 2017. The purpose of this national holiday is to bring awareness of widespread Medicare fraud and equip the public with the tools to report it. In fact, ten percent of Medicare spending is lost to fraud.

After working for 15 years in the Department of Justice whistleblower reward office in Washington, D.C., whistleblower advocate and attorney Joel D. Hesch, Esq. founded the National report Medicare fraud week. Joel created an official website for the report Medicare fraud week with an eye towards making it simple for a person to report fraud either to DOJ for a reward to directly to the agency overseeing the Medicare program. With only a few clicks, a person that has firsthand knowledge of Medicare fraud can do something about it.

Because there are two ways of reporting fraud, and the methods and results are dramatically different, Mr. Hesch also wrote a free e-book that more fully describes how to properly report fraud under both programs. It also lists the pros and cons of using each method. In fact, if you do not follow the process, you might not get the attention of the government or ensure that an investigation takes place.

What the public also does not know is that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has a whistleblower reward program that pays significant monetary rewards for reporting Medicare fraud. But there is a formula that you must follow to be eligible for a reward. You cannot simply call a hotline or even notify CMS of the fraud to get a DOJ reward. You need to use an attorney and provide detailed evidence of the Medicare fraud. But if you have the right type of information, you can get a sizable reward. The average reward is $690,000 and some rewards have exceeded $100 million. Because the reward is based on the size of the case and amount DOJ collects back, a large reward is only paid when you have direct information of widespread fraud. Typically the whistleblower worked for a large company and has inside knowledge of the fraud and specific examples.

The national report Medicare fraud week official website provides more details about the difference between applying for a reward under the DOJ program and reporting fraud directly to CMS. Simply by visiting the website you can also download a free e-book that describes the two programs.

To further equip the public, Joel Hesch formed his own law firm that exclusively represents whistleblowers file for rewards under the DOJ reward program. While at DOJ, Mr. Hesch helped recover $1.5 billion in whistleblower reward fraud cases. Joel has seen and combatted fraud first hand and knows what it takes for a whistleblower to successfully report Medicare or Medicaid fraud. Joel has also watched whistleblowers make mistake in reporting fraud that lead to no rewards or no investigation even taking place. By visiting the national report Medicare fraud week website at this link, you can ask Mr. Hesch to consider filing your DOJ reward application.

Together, we can take a bite out of Medicare fraud and help preserve precious health care resources for those who really need it.