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What Hospitals Can Learn from Recent Florida Settlements over Ambulance Rides
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What Hospitals Can Learn from Recent Florida Settlements over Ambulance Rides

05.15.15

On May 8, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida announced that nine Florida hospitals have agreed to pay $6.2 million to settle allegations that they led ambulance companies to bill for medically unnecessary rides. The settlement resolved allegations that between 2009 and 2014 the hospitals provided Certificates of Medical Necessity showing the need for ambulance transportation even when ambulance services were not medically necessary.  

This settlement has been discussed widely in government circles and caught the attention of many in the industry because of its implications for hospitals across the country which often rely on ambulances to transport patients to and from their facilities, at times with insufficient attention to the cost or medical need.  In fact, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida has been in contact with three other U.S. attorney’s offices, prompting those offices to broaden separate ambulance investigations they have underway.

So, what does all of this mean? A few takeaways:



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