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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