An ambulance company the city of Baltimore hired last year, despite objections that it was the subject of a federal investigation, has agreed to pay $1.25 million to resolve allegations it defrauded Medicare thousands of times, federal authorities said.
Hart to Heart was first accused in 2013 by a former employee of billing for unnecessary ambulance rides.
The settlement resolves a whistleblower lawsuit brought by the employee and joined by the federal government. It doesn’t require Hart to Heart to admit liability.
If Hart to Heart doesn’t pay the settlement, authorities could bar it from doing business with federal health programs.