The United States Dept. of Justice and the Dept. of Health and Human Services announced that Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare Corp., three affiliated hospitals and a management company that administered ambulance operations at the three hospitals have agreed to pay the U.S. $20.3 million to settle allegations that they overcharged Medicare. The government alleged that the companies charged for non-medically necessary ambulance transports.
The two whistleblowers who brought the qui tam suits which disclosed these practices will receive approximately $2.4 million.
The Dept. of Justice released its press release on October 28, 2004.