Healthcare fraud settlement

The former owner and operator of a Houston-area ambulance company, National Care EMS, recently agreed to settle allegations that his company provided kickbacks to medical and nursing facilities in exchange for those institutions’ Medicare and Medicaid transport referrals.

The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits offering, paying, soliciting or receiving payment to induce referrals of services covered by federal healthcare programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. The case alleged that National Care EMS provided free or heavily discounted ambulance transports to various facilities to obtain other Medicare and Medicaid business.

The settlement resulted from a coordinated effort among the U.S. Attorney’s office and Texas Attorney General’s office. Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader partner Tony DeWitt represented Dan Block, the EMS executive who blew the whistle on company fraud and received a share of the settlement.