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Pa. woman gets 8 years in jail for Medicare fraud

- 07/29/2014

By Harold Brubaker The Philadelphia Inquirer HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. — Anna Mudrova, 41, of Huntingdon Valley, received an eight-year prison term for her role in a Medicare fraud involving ...


10 ways to better respond to special needs patients

- 07/09/2014

Paramedics and first responders tasks are becoming increasingly challenging with the growing number of special needs patients. According to the 2010 census, 2.8 million school age children were ...


Without federal action, states move on long-term care

- 07/08/2014

By Michael Ollove Stateline.org WASHINGTON — Three years after the demise of the long-term care piece of the Affordable Care Act, some states are retooling their Medicaid programs to ...


Report: U.S. health care among worst in world

- 06/18/2014

By Amanda Cuda Connecticut Post BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The United States health care system is among the most expensive in the world, but that doesn't mean it's good. A study ...


Report: U.S. health care among worst in world

- 06/17/2014

A study released this week shows the U.S. ranked dead last compared to 11 countries; the United Kingdom was first


Staffing problems will be solved when EMS finds its identity

- 06/17/2014

In a somewhat ironic twist, two recent stories on opposite geographical ends of the EMS spectrum address failed attempts to deal with staffing issues. In rural Minnesota, lawmakers have approved ...


Feds crack down on Philly Medicare fraud

- 06/17/2014

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 ...


EMS providers can't fix, but can combat Medicare fraud

- 06/12/2014

In a previous column, I talked about a release of Medicare reimbursement information that raised eyebrows about how ambulance services are compensated in our health care system. In another ...


Many N.J. ambulance companies allegedly gaming Medicare system

- 06/12/2014

NPR PATERSON, N.J. — To grasp Medicare's staggering bill for ambulance rides in New Jersey, just visit the busy parking lot of the DaVita St. Joseph's dialysis clinic in Paterson. More ...


The Dallas program shows how EMS can lead health care reform

- 06/10/2014

Six months ago we reported that the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department was initiating a community paramedic program to better service its population of frequent 911 callers. It’s no surprise ...


Uninsured man chooses death over expense of ambulance

- 06/05/2014

NORMAN, Okla. — Days before he died, an Oklahoma man told his neighbor he was having trouble breathing, but didn’t want to call 911 because he didn’t have insurance, and was ...


Tenn. ambulance service to pay $500K for false Medicaid claims

- 05/30/2014

The Lebanon Democrat NASHVILLE, Tenn. — First Call Ambulance Service will pay $500,000 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act, according to David Rivera, U.S. attorney ...


How REMSA’s Nurse Health Line is changing EMS culture

- 05/27/2014

When someone in Reno, Nevada is having a medical problem, many no longer call 911. Instead, they dial 858-1000, the number for the Nurse Health Line — open 24/7. The nurses triage patients ...


How EMS can clear community paramedicine roadblocks

- 05/27/2014

EMS may sit at the kids' table of health care, but the industry still gets to eat. "We may not be the biggest player, but we're a substantial player," Page, Wolfberg & ...


Field EMS Bill introduced in Senate

- 05/23/2014

Washington, D.C. — On March 22, 2014, S. 2400, the Field EMS Innovation Act (Field EMS Bill) was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) ...


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