Case Name: United States et al. ex rel. Ernest Sharp v. Americare Ambulance
Case Number: 8:13-cv-1171T33-AEP
Settlement Amount: $5.5 Million
Court: Middle District of Florida
Ambulance Fraud Case Description
AmeriCare Ambulance Service, Inc. and its sister company, AmeriCare ALS, Inc. (collectively, AmeriCare), agreed to pay $5.5 Million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit. The qui tam lawsuit alleges that AmeriCare defrauded the government by billing Medicare for thousands of medically unnecessary services. AmeriCare provides ambulance transportation services and often provides these services to Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare only covers ambulance transportation services when other methods of transportation (such as a non-ambulance stretcher van or a car) would endanger a patient’s health. The firms’ client worked as a paramedic at AmeriCare, and discovered the alleged ambulance fraud during his employment. To learn more about types of healthcare fraud cases that can be brought under the False Claims Act refer to the Healthcare Qui Tam web page.
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