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Ambulance service agrees to pay $5 million over improper Medicare billing

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- What began with a whistleblower's allegations ended Wednesday with an ambulance service agreeing to pay over $5 million to settle claims it improperly billed Medicare in Louisville and elsewhere.

Mercury Ambulance Service, Inc., Rural/Metro Corporation, and Rural/Metro of Central Alabama, Inc. agreed to pay $5,426,000 in the settlement.

The federal government says from January 2008 to August 2011, Mercury made Medicare claims for patients to be transported for dialysis services.  Such transport, however, doesn't meet Medicare's regulations, since it requires the patient to be bed-ridden or the ambulance trip to be required for medical reasons.

Similar claims were made against Rural/Metro of Central Alabama and Rural Metro/Central Tennessee.

A former employee of Rural/Metro of Central Alabama, Carl Crawly, was the whistleblower who filed the lawsuit that led the feds to intervene.  Crawly will receive over $1 million of the settlement.

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