Rutledge Part of $28.8 Million EmCare Settlement
April 17, 2018
State to receive nearly $20,000
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas will receive thousands of dollars from Emergency Medical Services Corporation, EmCare, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates as part of a settlement following an action brought by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
The settlement reached between the United States, sixteen states including Arkansas and the company resolves allegations that EmCare conspired with Health Management Associates (HMA) hospitals to submit claims to the Medicaid program for medically unnecessary inpatient procedures and allegations that EmCare received illegal payments from HMA in exchange for emergency room doctors recommending that Medicaid patients be unnecessarily admitted to facilities.
“The State of Arkansas will not tolerate irresponsible actions by companies that hurt Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Consumers should be able to trust that doctors and medical facilities put patients’ best interests first. Unnecessary procedures and hospital stays not only cause financial hardships for patients, but also take advantage of the Medicaid program – a very important safety net for many Arkansans.”
Arkansas will receive $19,891.98 from the $28.8 million settlement, which resolves allegations that EmCare violated federal and state False Claims Acts. EmCare is a corporation that contracts to provide qualified physicians and related medical professionals to staff emergency departments and provide inpatient hospitalist services to hospitals throughout the United States.
A team from the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Unites participated in the settlement negotiations on behalf of the states and included attorneys general from Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington.