Moratorium Targets Houston Ambulance Service Providers

The federal government on Friday announced a six-month moratorium under the Affordable Care Act to halt enrollment of Houston-area ambulance service providers in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program in a bid to combat waste.

The moratorium marks the first use of a new law created by the ACA that allows the Health and Human Services secretary to issue a moratorium to combat fraud, waste or abuse in Medicare or Medicaid. The department said in a statement that it issued the moratorium “based on data analysis and agency experience,” and cited six cases filed in Houston ...

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