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Ambulette company overbilled Medicaid by more than $2.48 million

Reliance Ambulette, a Flushing, New York -based provider of medical transportation services, overbilled the Medicaid program by $2,487,129 during a two-year period, according to a recent audit (#08-1781) completed by the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) in conjunction with the New York City Human Resources Administration. The audit cites the company for lack of compliance with standards required by the Medicaid program. The audit was conducted under the auspices of the County Demonstration Program, a joint state and local partnership, overseen by OMIG.

Reliance was cited for several issues. These included:

  • failure to ensure that all drivers were duly licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (T&LC) and 19-A certified by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • failure to prepare and maintain contemporaneous records demonstrating its right to receive payment, and
  • missing or inaccurate information on the Medicaid claims submitted for payment.

The audit can be seen here.