From the Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Department of
Health & Human Services
Vans often are used to take disabled beneficiaries to their doctor
appointments. This is legal as long as the beneficiary is not able to
move about on her own. It becomes illegal when the patient is
transported and doesn’t need it or the van service is used for
other types of transports.
How the Scam Works
The transport becomes fraudulent if it takes the beneficiary to
go shopping and run errands.
Sometimes the fraudulent companies will be for transports never
performed or for padding the bill with extra mileage for higher
Sometimes the patient is charged for ambulance transport when the
beneficiary only received, or only needed, a transport van.
How to Fight Back
If you receive any paperwork related to your transportation, check
it for date errors or mileage that seems excessive.
Make sure that if you are being transported by van that it is for
the qualifying criteria. This usually involves being unable to transport
yourself by other means.