Medical Transportation Business Ripe for Fraud
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 program.
Non-emergency medical transport (NEMT) companies provide transportation for disabled people, seniors, and others who need assistance getting to and from their medical providers. While volunteer groups offer some transit assistance, most NEMT is provided by private, for-profit companies.