If you are a whistle blower, you can be entitled to up to 25% of the recovered funds...although you will lose friends and business associates in the process...and be prepared to find another job...BD 

Taxpayers have Tami Ramsey to thank for St. Joseph's Hospital's agreement to pay $26 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the hospital fraudulently overbilled Medicare.image

For her trouble — and it caused the former Atlanta hospital employee plenty of trouble — Ramsey will receive $4.9 million, according to the settlement announced Friday.

The Atlanta wife and mother led a one-woman crusade to change what she saw as the hospital's bogus billing to the federal program, risking her livelihood and career security.

The hospital was regularly filing claims for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient or observation services, Ramsey said. The hospital netted millions of extra dollars by billing for the more expensive services.

Under the federal False Claims Act, the whistle-blower is entitled to up to 25 percent of the recovered amount.   "It's comforting for me to know that had I not come forward, St. Joseph's and possibly many other hospitals would continue to defraud the American taxpayers."

St. Joseph's to pay $26M in nurse whistleblower suit | ajc.com


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