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Feds put hospitals on notice with Florida settlements over ambulance rides
Modern Healthcare

Nine Florida hospitals have agreed to pay $6.2 million to settle allegations that they led ambulance companies to bill federal health programs for medically unnecessary rides, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced Friday.

It’s a case government officials say could have implications for hospitals across the country. Andrea Treese Berlin, senior counsel with the office of counsel to the HHS Inspector General, said the settlement should put hospitals on alert when it comes to making sure they’re properly signing Certificates of Medical Necessity and Physician Certification Statements.