New York Ambulance Company Agrees To Pay $2.7 Million To Resolve Allegations That It Committed Healthcare Fraud

On May 26, 2011, the U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn announced that an agreement had been reached with American Medical Response (AMR), one of the country’s largest private provider’s of ambulance services, in which the company agreed to pay $2.7 settle a lawsuit alleging that the company submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare and other Government healthcare programs in violation of the False Claims Act.  According to the lawsuit, AMR submitted claims for payment to Medicare for “advanced life support” services, when only “basic life support” services were being provided.  The qui tam lawsuit was brought on behalf of the Government by several former employees who blew the whistle on the company’s fraudulent activity.

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