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Convicted Murderer Drives Colorado NEMT Patients

By Aaron Marks |

Ronald Vashone-Caruso, a convicted murderer out on supervised release, transported Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) patients until an allegedly harassed patient complained to the Colorado Department of Corrections. Mr. Vashone-Caruso was not terminated for his behavior or criminal history, but rather his insurance had lapsed, making him ineligible under Colorado law. NEMT is the transportation of elderly, sick or disabled… Read More »

Georgia’s Bill of Rights for Nursing Home Residents

By Aaron Marks |

Recently the law firm Brownstein & Nguyen LLC posted an article concerning Georgia’s Bill of Rights for Nursing Home Residents. I’ve read it and found it to contain very helpful information for families and individuals dealing with nursing home questions in Georgia and throughout the United States. The blog post can be found here:  

New Jersey Patients Stranded by Logisticare

By Aaron Marks |

New Jersey residents are increasingly stranded due to Logisticare’s erratic pickup and drop-off scheduling. Residents in Camden and Trenton, New Jersey, have been left “for hours at their doctor’s offices, or never picked up at all.” The problem is so bad New Jersey invited public comments on requirements for the next medical transportation contract, a step not… Read More »

Patient Dies in North Georgia NEMT Accident

By Aaron Marks |

A patient died when her Coweta ambulance, heading westbound on East Highway 34 near Chatsworth Place, in Coweta, Georgia, apparently traveled onto the north shoulder of the road and hit a ditch with its front, became airborne, rotated clockwise and struck a power pole with its left side, eventually overturning. It is unclear whether the patient, who had been admitted… Read More »

Police Probe Woman’s Death From Minor NEMT Collision

By Aaron Marks |

An 85-year-old woman died  after a non-emergency medical transport van was involved in a minor collision, according to the Indio, California Police Department. It is unknown at this time whether the woman was properly strapped into her seat, or what, if any, precautions the Non-Emergency Medical Transport (NEMT) company took to safely transport her…. Read More »

Texas NEMT Lacked Criminal Background and Drug Tests – Results in $31Million of Improper Payments

By Aaron Marks |

The Office of Inspector General (OIG)  recommended Texas return $31 million in improper reimbursements related to its non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) program. Texas, like all states that administer Medicaid, applied for reimbursement from the federal government for providing eligible Medicaid beneficiaries transportation if they have no other options and a medical reason for the transportation exists. Unfortunately… Read More »

Woman Killed By Sleeping NEMT Driver

By Aaron Marks |

On Saturday, Mar 9, 2013, NEMT provider SCR Medical Transportation picked up  Ella Mae Williams, 58, an insulin dependent diabetic who required a wheelchair, to take her to Malcom X College, where she was working toward a degree in Business Administration. Tragically, the driver of the van fell asleep while transporting Ms. Williams and hit a pole,… Read More »

Non-Emergency Medical Transport Business Denied

By Aaron Marks |

Recently  the  Mobile City Council denied TLT Transport LLC a license to operate Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services in the city of Mobile, Alabama. The stated reason was lack of a written partnership agreement between TLT and the local ambulance service, and failure to have a physical presence in the city itself. While these requirements may seem like unnecessary, bureaucratic paperwork,… Read More »

Medical Transportation Business Ripe for Fraud

By Aaron Marks |

Another Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) company has been charged with Medicaid fraud. The company, Carewell Ambulette, Inc., has been accused of altering transportation requests from taxi services to ambulette services, which pays a reimbursement rate at four times the taxi service. According to New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Carewell Ambulette stole more than $200,000 from the Medicaid… Read More »

SouthEastTrans Driver Assaults Pregnant Woman

By Aaron Marks |

According to WVLT Volunteer TV, a SouthEastTrans driver allegedly removed, and then dragged, a pregnant woman he was transporting. The driver’s actions constitute criminal behavior, and he was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. It is unknown whether the driver had a criminal history, or any training on how to transport patients. When contacted,  SouthEastTrans, claimed… Read More »

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