Kentuckians have a new tool for reporting suspected Medicaid fraud and patient abuse to the Office of the Attorney General. They can now electronically report abuse, neglect, and exploitation by completing an online complaint form located at ag.ky.gov/medicaidfraud.
“Providers who fraudulently bill Medicaid for healthcare goods and services steal taxpayers dollars and can endanger the health and welfare of beneficiaries,” Attorney General Daniel Cameron said in a news release. “We want to ensure our seniors are treated with dignity and respect by making it easier for Kentuckians to report suspected fraud and abuse.”
The new form allows Kentuckians to submit complaints from electronic devices, including smart phones, computers, and tablets. It allows users to mark their complaint as related to Medicaid fraud, patient abuse, or both, and prompts them to provide information such as the facility, the health-care provider’s information, the patient’s name, and the suspected abuser’s name.
“While Kentuckians are encouraged to report as many details as possible when completing a complaint, the Medicaid fraud and abuse form allows the reporting party to choose to include their name or to remain anonymous,” the release said.
“In addition to the newly developed online form, Kentuckians may also report suspected Medicaid fraud and abuse by calling the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Hotline at 1-877-ABUSE TIP (1-877-228-7384). Kentucky law requires any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that Medicaid fraud or abuse is being committed to report it to the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Hotline. Any person who reports the offenses of another in good faith is given immunity from civil or criminal action. Moreover, any person who makes a good-faith report is protected from discharge, discrimination, or retaliation in the workplace.”