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North Dakota Ambulance Provider Settles Case Involving False Claims

On March 4, 2016, Altru Health System (Altru), of Grand Forks, North Dakota, entered into a $300,974 settlement agreement with OIG. The settlement agreement resolves allegations that Altru submitted claims to Medicare for: (1) emergency Advanced Life Support ambulance transportation that should have been billed at the lower emergency Basic Life Support rate; (2) duplicate billings; (3) ambulance transportation services that were reimbursable by private insurance; and (4) emergency ambulance transportation services provided to destinations such as skilled nursing facilities and patient residences that should have been billed at the lower non-emergency rate. OIG's Consolidated Data Analysis Center and Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, represented by Associate Counsel Michael Torrisi and Senior Counsel Andrea Treese Berlin, collaborated to achieve this settlement.

Action Details

  • Date:March 4, 2016
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions