Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC
5010 E. Trindle Road, Suite 202
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Phone (717) 691-0100
Toll-free (877) EMS-LAW1 (877-367-5291)
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FAA Final Rule Creates Stricter Safety and Equipment Regulations for Helicopter Air Ambulance Operations
New rules from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will have a significant impact on helicopter air ambulance services. These regulations implement new operational procedures and require additional equipment for helicopter air ambulances in response to an increase in fatal helicopter air ambulance accidents. The new rules identify four common factors in those accidents- inadvertent flight into Instrument Meteorological Conditions, loss of control, controlled flight into terrain, and...
All Medicare Contractors Must Soon Process Codes for Non-Covered Services
Starting January 1, 2012, Medicare contractors will have to accept and process claims for services such as wheelchair van transports, treatment without transport, and other ambulance services that are not covered by Medicare. Please note that this does not require Medicare to pay for these non-covered services, it merely requires that they process claims with non-covered service codes to facilitate coordination of benefits or payments by secondary insurers. Ambulance...
Retroactive Payment for Ambulance Services
CMS Announces Plan for Retroactive Bonus Payments
Ambulance services should have received the long awaited retroactive “bonus” payments that were implemented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in March 2010. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will begin to reprocess affected claims from the first half of 2010. ...
CMS Publishes Final Rule on Fractional Mileage
CMS Changes Stance Regarding Coverage of Transportation Services Under Certain State Medicaid Plans
Ambulance services have a reason to breathe a little easier today because CMS has backed off on a Final Rule that would have allowed states to amend their “benchmark” and “benchmark equivalent” Medicaid plans to exclude coverage of non-emergency transportation. A revised Final Rule, issued April 30, 2010, now expressly requires states to assure necessary transportation to and from providers for all beneficiaries enrolled in benchmark or benchmark-equivalent Medicaid plans. ...
CMS Final Rule Regarding Ambulance Signature Requirements
· 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...