Ambulance company pays $300K to resolve false billing probe

Providence, R.I.-based Professional Ambulance agreed to pay $300,000 to settle allegations it billed Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary ambulance runs between 2012 and 2015, according to the Department of Justice.

The government alleged Professional Ambulance billed government payers for the cost of transporting patients who were sufficiently mobile and not eligible to travel by ambulance. The government investigation specifically focused on the transport of dialysis patients.

Settlement proceeds will be split between the Medicare and Medicaid programs, with the federal government receiving $250,000 and the State of Rhode Island receiving $50,000.

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