A Virginia Beach ambulance company will pay $9 million to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act. Medical Transport LLC, a company based in Virginia Beach, reportedly submitted false claims for ambulance transports, the Justice Department says.
The company allegedly submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE for ambulance transports that were not considered to be medically necessary. Some rides were even billed improperly to federal health programs rather than to the appropriate payers. Medical Transport LLC will pay $9 million for their misdeeds and be subject to five years of oversight from the federal government. Officials say the outcome sends a message to “providers invoicing government health programs…Fraudulently billing for services is bad business.”
False Claims Violations
The False Claims Act prevents companies and individuals from defrauding the federal government. Any time an entity knowingly makes a false statement or claim to the government for monetary gain, they risk violating the False Claims Act. Whistleblowers within the company are often the first to sound the alarm about fraud. While details were not given about how Medical Transport’s fraud was revealed, it’s possible that a whistleblower could have been the one to sound the alarm.
Qui Tam Lawsuits
Designed to protect whistleblowers and encourage individuals to come forward with knowledge of fraud, Qui tam lawsuits reward those willing to stick their neck out for the greater good. The government saves millions of dollars a year because of such whistleblowers, an qui tam suits are often the only way to motivate people to take such risks. While we don’t know how Medical Transport’s fraudulent behavior became exposed, we can thank qui tam lawsuits for a number of cases of fraud being revealed.
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