Medicare Ambulance Fee Schedule to increase by 8.7% for 2023, setting new record

Before mulling your "raise," Page, Wolfberg & Wirth says to recall that a bill to "renew the ambulance fee schedule bonus payments" may pass

By Leila Merrill
EMS1 Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2023 ambulance inflation factor is 8.7%, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced earlier this month. The increase is set to be applied to Medicare claims starting on Jan. 1.

That is the largest percentage increase in the AIF in the history of the Medicare Ambulance Fee Schedule, dating back to 2003.  The previous highest increase was 5% in 2009, according to  Page, Wolfberg & Wirth.

“Remember when considering your 2023 ‘raise’ that we are hopefully awaiting passage of the legislation necessary to renew the ambulance fee schedule bonus payments (the 2% urban, 3% rural and 22.6% super-rural add-on payments) for 2023, and the PayGo Act could impose a cut of approximately 4% in 2023,” a news release from Page, Wolfberg & Wirth explained.

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