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Can I Be Sued in a Qui Tam Lawsuit in Texas for Medicaid, Medicare or Healthcare Fraud?

Our Medicaid fraud defense attorneys fight for medical professionals’ rights

The short answer to your question? Yes, you can be sued in a qui tam lawsuit in Texas for Medicaid, Medicare or healthcare fraud if you’re a doctor, surgeon or another medical professional accused of Medicaid and Medicare fraud. The answer is much more complex, however. That’s why it’s important to understand qui tam law and how it could affect you and your medical practice.

Our Medicaid fraud defense attorneys at Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC have extensive experience handling complex legal cases involving healthcare fraud. Overall, our lawyers have more than 90 years of combined legal experience. That’s why so many people turn to our law firm to handle these cases for them. We know how the legal system works, know the law and know how to get the job done right.

Understanding qui tam lawsuits and Medicaid, Medicare and healthcare fraud

Many medical professionals contact our law firm with questions about qui tam law and lawsuits and how they relate to Medicaid fraud, Medicare fraud or healthcare fraud in general. These questions include:

Knowing what to do if you have been accused of Medicaid fraud, Medicare fraud or healthcare fraud in general in Texas can be overwhelming. You often have many legal options available to you. Even knowing where to start can be confusing. That’s why it’s critical you contact Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC as soon as possible. We can guide you through all your legal options and help you decide the right approach for dealing with a qui tam lawsuit filed against you or your medical practice.

If you are represented by Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC, we won’t tell you what to do. We will listen. We want to learn about your case. We then will work with you to develop a strategy that addresses your specific Medicaid fraud claim. No two cases are ever exactly alike. The same should be true for whatever legal action you decide to take.

Having an experienced qui tam defense lawyer on your side to help you handle your Medicaid fraud claim can make all the difference. Discover what we can do for you. Contact Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC today. Call 713-209-2950 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule a case evaluation today. Our attorneys will fearlessly fight for you.

What is a Medicaid fraud qui tam lawsuit?

Medicaid is the federal health insurance program which provides medical coverage for low-income Americans of all ages. If someone suspects government fraud, that person can file a qui tam lawsuit. In terms of Medicaid fraud, qui tam lawsuits can be filed by anyone who suspects fraudulent activity, including overbilling or billing for medical services not performed. These are serious allegations that demand a strong legal defense.

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What is a Medicare fraud qui tam lawsuit?

Medicare is the federal health insurance program created to provide medical coverage primarily to all Americans over 65 years old. A qui tam lawsuit can be filed by an individual who suspects Medicare fraud, which can include overbilling for medical services, double billing or billing for services not performed. If successful, the person who files a qui tam lawsuit may be eligible to receive financial compensation if money is recovered by the government.

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What is a healthcare fraud qui tam lawsuit?

If a person suspects healthcare fraud, they may be able to file a lawsuit against a doctor or another medical professional based on qui tam law. By doing so, the person who files the qui tam lawsuit is essentially acting in the public’s best interest. There are strict requirements involving who can and cannot file a qui tam lawsuit for healthcare fraud, however. That’s why it’s important to speak with an attorney if someone has filed a qui tam lawsuit against you.

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How are qui tam lawsuits different from regular lawsuits?

People can file a lawsuit for a wide range of reasons. Qui tam lawsuits can only be filed for very specific legal reasons. Governed by the False Claims Act, qui tam lawsuits focus solely on allegations of government fraud. The principle behind qui tam lawsuits dates back much further than 1863, when the False Claims Act became law in the United States. People in England could take this legal action on behalf of the king dating back to the 14th century.

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Can whistleblowers be compensated for qui tam lawsuits for Medicaid fraud in Texas?

Yes. Qui tam whistleblowers can receive financial compensation for reporting Medicaid fraud in Texas. The government pays people a reward for reporting these allegations. In one recent case, a whistleblower received $15.4 million for reporting a Medicaid fraud claim which resulted in a guilty verdict against the medical practice.

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Can anyone file a healthcare fraud qui tam lawsuit?

No. There are specific requirements concerning who can and cannot file a qui tam lawsuit related to healthcare fraud. If another private party or the government has already filed a lawsuit for healthcare fraud based on the False Claims Act (which covers qui tam law), another individual cannot file a second healthcare fraud qui tam lawsuit. Other rules and regulations often apply to qui tam lawsuits. That’s why it’s important to talk with an experienced healthcare fraud defense attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your legal options.

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Who investigates qui tam lawsuits in Texas involving Medicaid fraud?

Attorneys investigate most qui tam lawsuits in Texas involving Medicaid fraud. These cases can often be very complicated and very contentious. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced, aggressive Medicaid fraud defense attorney on your side, fighting for your rights every step of the way.

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