ATTENTION ALL EMS PROVIDERS:
As some of you may have heard the Medicare add-on payments of 2 percent urban, 3 percent rural, and the 22 percent super rural expired as of December 31st 2017.
There is still a chance that these additional payments can be reinstated, but your help is needed. Please contact your federal legislators and let them know the importance of these payments. Congress needs to hear our support for this vital funding. Please take time to do so using the link(s) below. This process should only take a few minutes and is desperately needed.
For background regarding the history of the add-on’s:
To ensure access to ambulances for patients in rural areas, the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act increased payments by 2 percent for rural ground ambulance services and also included a super rural payment for counties in the lowest 25 percent in population density. Congress, in the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, raised this adjustment to 3 percent for rural ambulance providers. Congress appropriately decided that these additional rural payments were necessary and important because rural ambulance providers incur higher per-trip costs because of longer travel distances and fewer transports of patients. These provisions ensure that ambulance services are more appropriately reimbursed and that beneficiaries in rural and super rural areas will have access to emergency transport services.
Here are two helpful links on the matter from the AAA and NAEMT that include more background on the situation and some easy ways to reach out to your legislator: