Kentucky county to pay $253K over claims of false billing

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BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky county has agreed to pay nearly $254,000 to the federal government to settle a lawsuit alleging its ambulance service submitted more than 1,000 fake reimbursement claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Thursday that the federal government sued Lee County and related agencies last year. It said the county-owned ambulance service forged reports to make patients seem sicker than they were so ambulance runs would qualify for federal reimbursement.

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Together with earlier settlements reached with an official from the ambulance service and the company that handled its billing, U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan Jr. says the government will recoup a total of $515,000 from the scheme.