NJ ambulance companies facing cash crunch after Medicare crackdown

Under new federal guidelines services in N.J., Penn, and S.C. need pre-approval for non-emergency transports, but many requests are being denied, leading to reduced revenue and cash flow problems


NUTLEY, N.J. — Ambulance companies in New Jersey, which were targeted last year by the federal government for overbilling Medicare for non-emergency transports, have been reeling in recent weeks as administrators have clamped down on approvals to carry patients.

“We’re fighting for everything,” said Russell Stuart, director of operations for AmbuTrust Medical Transportation in Nutley.

Ambulance companies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina on Dec. 1 fell under new regulations for non-emergency transports, such as those for dialysis patients. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services imposed the stricter regulations because those states had exceptionally high growth in ambulance use and excessive improper payments, it said. 

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