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Ambulance Providers: Costs and Medicare Margins Varied Widely; Transports of Beneficiaries Have Increased
James C. Cosgrove (au)
Since 2004, Congress has authorized supplemental temporary payments, called šůžadd-onšůĚ payments, to augment Medicare fee schedule payments to ambulance providers. The add-on payments increased payments for transports in urban, rural, and super-rural (the least densely populated) areas by $175 million in calendar year 2011, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Comm. In 2007, GAO reported a decline in transports by beneficiaries in super-rural areas and recommended that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) monitor beneficiary use of ambulance transports to ensure access to services, particularly in super-rural areas. This report examined, for 2010 (the most recent year complete data were available when this study was begun), (1) ground ambulance provider costs for transports, (2) the relationship between Medicare payments and provider costs, and (3) beneficiary use of ground ambulance transports. Tables and figures, This is a print on demand report.
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