Illinois ambulance company settles improper billing allegations

A Marion, Ill.-based ambulance company agreed to pay more than $300,000 to settle allegations that it improperly billed Medicare for scheduled, nonemergency ambulance transportation.

The Justice Department alleged that MedicOne Medical Response routinely billed Medicare for regularly scheduled dialysis treatments when the services did not meet Medicare requirements, according to a Nov. 23 news release from the agency.

The Justice Department alleged the services did not meet Medicare requirements, particularly when the patients safely rode in other forms of transportation — such as personal vehicles, medical transport cars and wheelchair vans — to medical appointments and social outings. 

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