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PWW Article - The Discounting Dilemma

How much can you discount your services without getting in trouble with the law? A good question for which at this point, no one has a clear answer. This brief article attempts to put the issue in perspective and remove some of the “cloud of uncertainty” that goes with it.
Overview of the Problem
A key government weapon in the anti-fraud campaign is the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), 42 U.S.C. § 1320a - 7b(b). An...

CMS Final Rule Regarding Ambulance Signature Requirements

In November 2008, Medicare released the Final Rule that contains more changes to the beneficiary signature requirements contained in 42 CFR §424.36. The rule becomes effective on January 1, 2009.
Summary of the Final Rule
PWW's summary of the changes of the final rule are as follows: 

·        CMS did not adopt the proposed language at 42 CFR §424.36(a) that would have required...

Red Flag Rules

FTC Announces it Will Grant a Six-Month Delay of Enforcement of the “Red Flag Rules”

Ambulance Services Now Have Until May 1, 2009 to Implement Identity Theft Prevention Programs

There is good news for many ambulance services who have recently learned, or may not yet be aware of the fact that they are subject to the “Red Flag Rules” – new regulations that would require most services to implement and administer an Identity Theft...

Court Case Illustrates Importance of Following Patient Refusal Guidelines

A federal appeals court ruled that an EMS agency whose personnel allegedly failed to follow the wishes of a competent patient could be liable under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as under state tort law for transporting the patient against his will.

In Green v. City of New York (read the entire court case by ...