Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ambulance accused of false claims

A federal judge Wednesday unsealed a whistleblower lawsuit against a West Virginia ambulance service. The lawsuit accuses Jan-Care Ambulance Service of false claims against the federal government for submitting bills to Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration for ambulance runs in Kentucky, even though the service cannot legally operate in the state. The complaint, filed by an anonymous plaintiff identified only as another ambulance service, alleges that Jan-Care does not have a Kentucky certificate of need, is not licensed with the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, and is not registered with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office. The lawsuit seeks treble damages against Jan-Care for the amount of money billed to the federal government, as well as civil penalties of up to $11,000 for each violation. If the claim is successful, the plaintiffs would be entitled to payment of up to 25 percent of the recovered amount.