Congress approves ambulance Medicare add-ons
A five-year extension was added as part of a two-year budget deal, including a requirement of obtaining data while not burdening EMS agencies
By EMS1 Staff
WASHINGTON —Congress passed a five-year extension of Medicare ambulance add-ons as part of a two-year budget deal.
According to Ambulance.org, the provisions in the final deal passed by Congress differ from the provisions passed earlier in the week – they now include the collection of ambulance cost data.
The final package includes:
- A cost data collection process that gives the Secretary of HHS flexibility in developing the system and requires industry consultation so that a balance is struck between obtaining data and not causing the EMS agencies to be burdened.
- The extension, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018, is effective through Dec. 31, 2022
- If the required data is not reported, a payment reduction of up to 10 percent will be issued for the following year, unless there is a hardship case.
- A “pay-for” for the extension with a 13 percent cut to non-emergent dialysis transport
#EMS is deeply grateful for the support of our Congressional champions! @AcadianNews thanks Senator @BillCassidy for his support of the renewal of the #ambulance Medicare add-ons! #SupportEMS pic.twitter.com/RvtaTSgT3Q— AmericanAmbulanceAsn (@amerambassoc) February 9, 2018