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False Claims Act

False Claims Act Notice and Acknowledgement

The False Claims Act is a federal statute that prohibits any person or company from submitting a false or fraudulent claim for payment by the federal government.  Because Heartland bills based on your Progress Notes, time sheets, and other documentation that you are required to submit, if you do not fill your paperwork out truthfully and accurately, Heartland may be accused of violating this law and in turn, you may find yourself in serious legal trouble.  Penalties for a violation of this law can range anywhere from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 plus three times the amount of damages caused because of the false claim.  For this reason, it is extremely important that you complete all documentation and records truthfully and accurately.  Violation of this policy will result in your immediate termination for cause.  Just as you are expected to report any suspected or actual violation of client rights, you are also expected to report any suspected or actual violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, and record keeping or documentation irregularities.  Just as with client rights, you are expected to immediately report any such issues to your supervisor or, if that individual is involved in some way, to his or her supervisor.  When you make such a report, you are protected under both the Federal False Claims Act and the Indiana Medicaid False Claims and Whistleblower Protection Act, and may not be retaliated against in any way.  This means that you may not be discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed or in any other manner discriminated against in your terms and conditions of employment.  Additionally, for those claims not involving Medicaid, you are protected under a second Indiana statute.”