Federal officials are renewing their efforts to stem fraud committed by ambulance companies in Philadelphia, a city that is among the worst when it comes to bilking Medicare.
Earlier this year, federal officials temporarily blocked any new Philadelphia-area ambulance companies from becoming eligible for Medicare payments, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported today.
The government has taken the step because companies that were put out of business simply reorganized and came back as a new ambulance company and received Medicare payments.
Philadelphia joins Houston as the only two cities in which such a moratorium has been instituted because of fraud.
The Inquirer reports that the reason for the clampdown was based on statistics showing that in 2012 Medicare paid Philadelphia ambulance companies $1,314 on average for each Medicare patient they transported -- 64 percent more than the $803 average in comparable counties nationwide.
And there were extreme examples. In Southeastern Pennsylvania, there were 33 ambulance companies that collected at least $13,000 per Medicare patient for services in 2012 - or 10 times the $1,314 average. At the top of the local list was Midlantic Medical Transport Inc. in the Olney section of the city, which collected an average of $39,366 for each of the 44 Medicare beneficiaries it served, the Inquirer reported.
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