Frohsin & Barger Achieves $5.4 Million False Claims Act Settlement in Medicare Transport Case

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U.S. Attorneys and Office of Inspector General laud settlement as Rural Metro Corporation agrees to pay $5.4 million to resolve allegations that the ambulance giant falsely billed for unqualified routine dialysis transports.

"Today's action sends a message to greedy ambulance companies that improperly bill the Medicare and Medicaid systems."

Rural Metro Corporation will pay $5.4 million to settle False Claims Act allegations filed by the law firm of Frohsin & Barger on behalf of whistleblower Carl Crawley and the United States, according to a statement of the Department of Justice. The result has been lauded by U.S. Attorneys in Alabama and Kentucky and representatives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. (U.S. ex rel. Crawley v.Rural/Metro, 2:09-cv-01810-RDP, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.)

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance explained in a statement that the settlement achieved as a result of the action brought by Frohsin & Barger "means millions of taxpayer dollars that were used to reimburse false claims by Rural Metro's ambulance service have been recovered." Vance emplored others with such useful information regarding possible medical fraud to come forward. "We encourage anyone with information about potential wrongdoing to come forward and help us stop fraud and abuse in our health care services," she said.

"This is a substantial recovery for the taxpayer," said Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Special Agent Derrick L. Jackson. "Today's action sends a message to greedy ambulance companies that improperly bill the Medicare and Medicaid systems. The Office of Inspector General will continue to ensure that federal health care programs pay for services that are proper and necessary."

According to the Department of Justice, more than $22 billion of taxpayer funds have been recovered under the False Claims Act over the past two decades, largely spawned by the efforts of whistleblowers and their attorneys. Frohsin & Barger attorneys have represented whistleblowers in many such groundbreaking cases and have also assisted corporations in self-reporting and successfully defending against meritless cases.

Frohsin & Barger combines the experience of two seasoned federal prosecutors with former members of a multi-state corporate defense firm, providing the unique and important perspective of understanding both sides of whistleblower litigation—the strategy of the successful plaintiff and defendant. The firm's Whistleblower Litigation team is headed by one of the most often cited legal scholars on qui tam and False Claims Act litigation, whose writing in some cases has actually shaped the law itself. An adjunct white collar crime professor at the University of Alabama School of Law, Jim Barger has been cited by state legislators in adopting qui tam statutes and is specifically cited in the annotations of at least one state False Claims Act. Additionally, Barger's writing is frequently cited in legal treatises, court pleadings, and journals, including Alabama Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and Columbia Law Review, among others.

The firm's team is a tight-knit group who work together on every case and heavily-scrutinizes potential allegations before agreeing to representation, investigating and litigating qui tam actions on behalf of whistleblowers in federal and state actions across the country.

Disclaimer: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

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