Medicare fraud crackdown closes 11 NJ ambulance providers
The state reported 11 ambulance providers have given up their licenses since the beginning of the year, but local operators say the number is closer to 25
ROSELLE, N.J. — The federal government's four-month crackdown on ambulance companies that fraudulently bill Medicare to take patients to non-emergency dialysis, chemotherapy and wound care is continuing to have a dual impact: reducing the number of ambulance carriers and confounding patients and their families.
The New Jersey Department of Health this week reported that 11 ambulance providers have given up their licenses since the beginning of the year, although surviving operators say the actual number of shuttered businesses may be twice that or more.
"What I keep hearing is it's 20 to 25 that are closed," said John Bush, owner of On Time Ambulance in Roselle. "I think there's a few more that are on their heels right now."