Ambulance service defends patient care on Staten Island
By DANIEL BERGMAN
NEW YORK – The Staten Island Healthcare Corporation is fighting back against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s recent complaint alleging it illegally contracted with medical care compan우리카지노ies under false pretenses to provide free care to more than 9,000 individuals.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court on Monday and expected to be resolved within days, alleged that the Staten Island Healthcare Corporation “has defrauded and deceived” more than 900 Staten Island individuals since its inception.
“We believe it’s important to say upfront that we are committed to defending the allegations in our lawsuit, and are prepared to meet or prevail at trial if needed,” said Michael DeCarlo, chairman and CEO of the Staten Island Healthcare Corp., which is in the midst of a $1 billion deal with the State Health Department to serve over 40,000 residents. “The Staten Island Health Department and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have been incredibly supportive of our investigation, and we are confident that with the right resources available, and바카라사이트 with the expertise of our experienced lawyers, we will prevail in these challenging litigation times.”
Sometime between 2005 and 2011, the state Medicaid agency contracted with the Staten Island Healthcare Corporation, which was part of the largest health insurer in the nation, to provide health services for over 40,000 Staten Islanders without charge.
According to the lawsuit, the clinics were run with the help of misleading billing practices, an insufficient number of volunteers who attended the appointments and no way to quickly and easily verify that those patients had not been diverted to non-starters, and then had a few medical appointments. In addition, the clinics provided no information about whether those patients w바카라ere eligible for free care. In addition, the lawsuit said, many of the patients were sent to unnecessary services for which there was no money available, such as surgeries. In addition, over 70 percent of the patients did not have sufficient information or proof of their medical need to enroll at the clinic, the suit alleged.
The lawsuits claim the clinics defrauded the plaintiffs out of more than $200 million, and they are seeking damages as high as $50 million to recover medical care damages and “mental anguish and distress” arising from their patient care.
“The lawsuit comes at a difficult time for Staten Island. Our communities need a solution that is fair and helps all of our residents, not only those who fall short on eligibility, but those that have financial circumstance