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Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act Does Not Meet Social Security Act Requirements

Georgia False Medicaid Claims ActIn response to a request to review the amended Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act, the U.S. Inspector General wrote to Toni Prine, interim Inspector General for the State of Georgia. In a letter dated April 3, 2013, the U.S. Inspector General determined that the amended Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act does not meet the requirements of section 1909(b) of the Social Security Act.

Some key differences between the Federal False Claims Act and the Georgia Act include the following:

1. The Federal Act “establishes liability for knowingly presenting, or causing to be presented, a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval.” The Georgia Act requires that the claim be submitted to the Georgia Medicaid Program.

2. The Federal Act establishes liability for “conspiring to commit a violation of another subsection” of the Act, but the Georgia Act does not establish liability for this conduct.

3. The Federal Act states that a qui tam action shall be dismissed “if substantially the same allegations or transactions as alleged in the action or claim were publicly disclosed in a congressional; Government Accountability Offic[e]; or other Federal report, hearing, audit, or investigation.” However, the Georgia Act does not set forth a provision that is as effective at facilitating qui tam actions.

Section 1909 of the Social Security Act provides a financial incentive to states that enact a law regarding submission of false or fraudulent claims to the state’s Medicaid program. Georgia must resubmit an amended Act by August 31, 2013.

Jeyaram & Associates Now Provides Education and IEP Legal Services

IEP Jeyaram & Associates now provides advocacy and legal assistance in education, specializing in IEPs.

As educational advocates for your child, Jeyaram & Associates help you understand your child’s legal rights and champion what’s best for your child academically. As the father of a special needs child, Attorney DJ Jeyaram has first hand experience with the intricacies of IEPs and navigating the complex education process.

At Jeyaram & Associates, we believe every child should be given the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. To achieve that potential, parents and education professionals must work together as a team.

However, sometimes this approach is not effective and additional assistance is needed. Jeyaram & Associates can help you partner with the school district to develop a plan that optimizes your child’s learning potential.

We’re committed to building positive relationships with you, your child and your child’s educators to develop an academic plan that creates a positive learning environment and experience for your child.

We’re here to help your child. At Jeyaram & Associates, we take a hands-on, positive and objective approach to helping you navigate the IEP process. In addition to legal representation and experience, the firm’s team has experienced special education advocates to help you. We’ll help you prepare for IEP meetings, during the meetings and after – including appeals if necessary.

 

Jeyaram & Associates Relaunches Web Site

Jeyaram & Associates Web SiteWe’re excited to announce the relaunch of our Web site. Tell us what you think!