Got Behind on the Witholding
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration has shut down an EMS provider in the Fort Smith – Van Buren area for failing to pay its tax bill for employee witholding collections. CareOne EMS was ordered locked up Friday and its two offices have large, yellow signs in the windows announcing the shutdown order.
KFSM-TV Ch. 5 filed this video report:
This follows reports late last year when the employees of CareOne went several weeks without getting paid at all, a situation that the owner blamed on failing to get reimbursements by Medicare for services. Several former employees are owed as much as $7,000 in unpaid wages.
Read the KFSM-TV report from December 20 HERE.
But apparently this is not the only problem facing the owners, Wes McCabe and his wife. KHBS-TV is reporting:
We also learned Care One EMS is being investigated by the Arkansas Department of Health, which provides licenses for ambulance services to operate.
According to the health department, a hearing is set to determine if the company's operators license should be permanently revoked. The document lists complaints from employees and state health inspectors as far back as 2011.
In the report, health inspectors found problems with the company's ambulance equipment, expired medications and level of staff training.
In one report, an inspector with the health department said one of Care One's ambulance emergency radios was not working and had empty bottles of oxygen. The document shows another inspection revealed an ambulance would not start and the sirens didn't work.
KHBS-TV also has a video report HERE.
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