Manoa Fire Co., a volunteer force in Havertown in operation since 1925, agreed to pay $36,912 to settle allegations that it improperly billed Medicare for ambulance services on at least 30 occasions between July 2007 and September 2013, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger announced. The nonprofit denied wrongdoing, the settlement agreement said.
Government officials alleged that four volunteer ambulance attendants with Manoa did not have the advanced first-aid certification that is required in order to bill Medicare for basic life support ambulance trips.
There was no allegation that Manoa provided medically unneeded services, as is typical in ambulance fraud cases.
In the year ended Oct. 31, 2013, Manoa Fire had $580,091 in revenue from ambulance services, according to its most recent tax form. - Harold Brubaker