HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Medicare Payroll Change for Observed Ambulances

HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Medicare Payroll Change for Observed Ambulances

Ambulance companies seek a major victory as Senate Democrats consider allowing Medicare to pay them as emergency responders on the ground.

The proposed change, which could be added to the Covid-19 relief program that the Senate is expected to pass later this week, would give the Department of Health and Human Services the power to temporarily pay ambulance providers for services that they provide Medicare beneficiaries outside of a hospital. . Ambulances are generally paid for by Medicare only to deliver patients to emergency rooms now.

If a patient refuses to go to the hospital, which ambulance companies say is increasingly common as people are wary of healthcare facilities during the pandemic, ambulances that answer a call won’t recover. often no reimbursement from Medicare.

The proposed change is included in the drafts of the relief package circulating among industrial groups, according to …

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