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Ambulance Services – Supplier Compliance with Payment Requirements

Medicare pays for emergency and nonemergency ambulance services when a beneficiary’s medical condition at the time of transport is such that other means of transportation would endanger the beneficiary (SSA § 1861(s)(7)).  Medicare pays for different levels of ambulance service, including basic life support, advanced life support, and specialty care transport (42 CFR § 410.40(b)).  Prior OIG work found that Medicare made inappropriate payments for advanced life support emergency transports. We will determine whether Medicare payments for ambulance services were made in accordance with Medicare requirements. 

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
Nov-16 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Ambulance Services – Supplier Compliance with Payment Requirements Office of Audit Services W-00-17-35574; various reviews 2018

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