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Bill to force direct pay for ambulance rides advances in Mass.

Insurers would be forced to pay ambulance providers directly for their services

State House News Service

BOSTON — A tactic employed by insurance companies to cajole ambulance providers to sign long-term contracts would be blocked under a bill that won the backing of a key legislative committee Friday.

The proposal, the latest iteration of a bill that has started and stopped on Beacon Hill for nearly two years, would force insurers to pay ambulance providers directly for their services. Some insurers, attempting to pressure out-of-network ambulance companies to sign contracts locking them into set rates, have begun paying patients for the cost of rides, forcing the ambulance companies to pursue them to get paid.

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Thomas Horne Thomas Horne Wednesday, March 14, 2012 9:06:28 AM Just another attempt by the insurance industry to put profitability before patient welfare. One of their favorite tactics is to deny payment for care mandated by protocol on the excuse that it ultimately didn't turn out to be essential care. So the patient is supposed to somehow determine what is considered essential care while they are in route to a hospital following a traffic collision. Since the X-rays of the spinal column come back negative it is clear that the ambulance transportation was not necessary so the insurance company should not have to pay. Right!

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