Whistleblower Award For Qui Tam Case: Ambulance Fraud

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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