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Ambulance Provider Settles False Claims Allegations for $9 Million

Posted in Fraud and Abuse, Litigation, Medicare and Medicaid, White Collar

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on March 28 that Medical Transport LLC, a Virginia-based ambulance service provider, agreed to pay $9 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims for ambulance transports in violation of the False Claims Act. Specifically, the government alleged that Medical Transport submitted false or fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE for medically unnecessary ambulance rides and improperly billed rides to federal healthcare programs when they should have been billed to other payers.The settlement included a five-year corporate integrity agreement (CIA) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The CIA allows the government to monitor the activities of Medical Transport to ensure its compliance with the statutes, regulations, program requirements and written directives of Medicare and all other federal healthcare programs.

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