Fla. ambulance company to pay $650K to settle Medicare fraud lawsuit

ORLANDO — The Central Florida branch of a national ambulance company accused of submitting fraudulent Medicare claims for patient transports will pay $650,000 in restitution to the United States in a settlement reached in late February, records show.

According to the settlement agreement, U.S. investigators allege Rural/Metro Corporation submitted claims to Medicare for services that were not medically necessary, and did not meet Medicare reimbursement requirements, over a nearly seven-year period ending in December 2016.

“[The U.S. alleges] the patients who were transported either did not qualify for such services or did not require ambulance transport … The United States also contends that the reasons for these transports was improperly documented,” William Daniels, a spokesman for the DOJ’s Middle District of Florida, said in a press release.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, suspended payments to Rural/Metro on September 6, 2016, after federal investigators found the company may have been engaging in fraud, according to the settlement agreement.

Source: Fla. ambulance company to pay $650K to settle Medicare fraud lawsuit / EMS1

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