EMS Reimbursement Update January 2013
2013 Ambulance Fee Schedule
Through recent “fiscal cliff” legislation, Congress has voted to extend ambulance “add on” payments until January 1, 2014.
The current “add on” payments of 2% for urban providers, 3% for rural providers, and 22.6% for super rural providers were set to expire on December 31, 2012. In addition to the extension, the Ambulance Inflation Factor for 2013 is 0.8% .
Many Medicare Contractors have published the 2013 Medicare Ambulance Fee Schedule; however, these extensions were not taken into consideration. Any rate adjustments should be postponed until CMS publishes the official Ambulance Fee Schedule. EMSMC will provide a client-specific charge comparison once the revised Fee Schedule has been published.