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Feds crack down on Philly Medicare fraud

Medicare officials temporarily blocked any new Philadelphia-area ambulance companies from becoming eligible for Medicare payments

The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Federal prosecutors have been cracking down for the last three years on the ambulance fraud that has flourished in Philadelphia-area neighborhoods that are rich with seniors on Medicare.

Despite the gains in court against fly-by-night ambulance operators, Medicare regulators were still convinced earlier this year that "significant potential for fraud, waste, and abuse" remained in Philadelphia.

That is why Medicare officials in February temporarily blocked any new Philadelphia-area ambulance companies from becoming eligible for Medicare payments.

Read full story: U.S. cracks down on ambulance overcharging in Phila. area

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Don Lyng Don Lyng Wednesday, June 18, 2014 6:00:14 AM Now they need to start heading West in PA because THAT is what the Russians are doing...I mean those people accused of Medicare Fraud..... This is a small area so when a new one pops up it is big news in the EMS community here (unless it is 100% Russian, owned and operated by Russians, then sometimes they go unnoticed until they are all arrested i.e. Penn Choice). However where is the scrutiny in the initial application process for the licensure? It is great and all that Medicare is the ones blocking them from service but where is the action on the local level? We have 'Federations' that do inspections and supposed Investigations...we have the DOH and the Bureau of EMS with ONE investigator in Harrisburg. Things could be better but I guess for now they are what they are.....
Skip Kirkwood Skip Kirkwood Wednesday, June 18, 2014 7:28:52 AM These are not the kind of investigations that are done by OEMS or its non-profit contractors. These are the kind that are done by folks with badges, guns, and warrants. The violations are of federal law, not of state law (but you may see the Medicaid police showing up too). Good for them.

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