Audit: Midwood Ambulance Service overbilled federal government by $19 million
The Midwood Ambulance Service overbilled the federal government by more than $19 million for transporting Medicare patients, an audit released Friday said.
The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services examined 100 of the service’s bills from 2014-2015 and rejected 89 as noncompliant, according to the New York Post.
For 82 claims, Midwood billed for services for beneficiaries who did not require ambulance service for doctors’ visits; and for 49 claims, Midwood failed to obtain doctors’ written certification in a timely manner, the audit said.
The ambulance service challenged the government’s ruling on statistical-sampling grounds, the Post said. “Midwood is not convinced a $19 million overpayment refund is warranted,” Midwood President Al Rapisarda said.
Rapisarda added that Midwood was sold in September and is basically broke, the Post reported.
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