A former Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) and employee of an Ohio nursing home owned by Olympia Therapy has been awarded nearly $3 million dollars for notifying the government of his employer’s Medicare fraud scheme.
The PTA, Vladimir Trakhter, alerted authorities that Olympia, in conjunction with its management group, Provider Services, were ordering medically unnecessary physical therapy services between 2008-2012 that resulted in millions in false billings under Medicare. Trakhter’s lawsuit also said that in many cases, the therapy was so excessive that it caused extreme injury and suffering to the patient. Trakhter was awarded $2.9 million, while his former employer must pay $19.5 million in restitution to the government.
Nursing Home Whistleblower Protection
Industry experts know that in instances of Medicare and Medicaid fraud or nursing home neglect, the employees often feel at the mercy of their employer. Employees also have the strongest voice when speaking out against unfavorable care environments and practices, as well as against illegal, fraudulent billing. You are in a unique and powerful position to be able to help put an end to corporate greed that puts the lives and wellbeing of our most vulnerable citizens in jeopardy. While it may seem easier to stay silent, it is this silence and fear that allows yet another innocent person to become a victim.
As an employee of a nursing home, you have power and you have legal rights. As a whistleblower, both the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act & the Illinois Whistleblower Act protect you from any consequence of reporting instances of abuse, neglect, or fraud of any kind. The Chicago nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys of Levin & Perconti have represented many nursing home employees who have chosen to bravely come forward and report their employer. With a combined 130 years legal experience, our attorneys have spoken to countless good people who have been forced into bad circumstances by the nursing home that employs them.
If you would like to come forward to report abuse, neglect, or fraud at a nursing home, please call our Nursing Home Whistleblower Hotline at 312-332-2872 to speak with one of our attorneys, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us through our website contact form. All calls and consultations are confidential.