Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection Q&A

Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection Q&A

Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection Q&A Let’s Review We’ve shared in this space as well as our QMC EMS Board and Collar Podcast Series about the proposed rule announcing the Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection mandate which begins in 2020. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of what information will be...

Hurricane Dorian Prompts CMS Emergency Efforts

Hurricane Dorian Prompts CMS Emergency Efforts

Hurricane Dorian Prompts CMS Emergency Efforts Breaking News Literally, as we contribute to this blog space, our fellow Americans in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States are experiencing the dramatic effects of the monster Hurricane Dorian. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has just issued Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Special...

Medicare Changes Proposed Part II

Medicare Changes Proposed- Part II- Cost Data Collection Explained

Medicare Changes Proposed- Part II- Cost Data Collection Explained 2020 Proposed Rule Welcome to Part II of our blog series featuring the proposed changes to Part B Payment Policies and revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule. It’s been three weeks since CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

Medicare Changes Proposed

Medicare Changes Proposed

Medicare Changes Proposed Last Week Big news hit the ambulance industry’s electronic inboxes last week, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year 2020 Proposed Rule with revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule including Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies. Two...

Beware Of The Compliance Warning Signs

Beware of the Compliance Warning Signs!

Beware of the Compliance Warning Signs! Big Bucks! It has always been important for any ambulance billing program to follow the narrow road of compliance. But now more than ever and with big bucks on the line, it’s important that every EMS administrator heed the compliance warning signs. The headlines...

Congressional Bill Introduced To Fix Veteran Transportation Gap

Congressional Bill Introduced to “Fix” Veteran Transportation Gap

Congressional Bill Introduced to “Fix” Veteran Transportation Gap H.R. 3350 A bi-partisan supported bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that will amend title 38 of the United States Code and allow for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reimburse veterans for the cost of...

An EMS Biller's Motivation

An EMS Biller’s Motivation

An EMS Biller’s Motivation Gotta love it! EMS billing is a very unique and interesting occupation. Ya gotta love it, for sure, to do it. We love EMS billing and everything to do with EMS billing, including billing for ground and air ambulance transports, paratransit trips, mobile integrated healthcare services,...

On Drop Downs And Written Narratives

On Drop Downs and Written Narratives- Connecting the Data in our PCRs

On Drop Downs and Written Narratives- Connecting the Data in our PCRs “Paint a Picture” We read a lot of communication that point to expectations. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), State agencies and even Commercial Insurance payers bombard our billing office with all kind of communication about...

4 Important Things Ems Field Practices To Aid Billing

4 Important Things EMS Field Practices to Aid Billing

4 Important Things EMS Field Practices to Aid Billing Billing is Important! As an EMS provider in the field, if you think you can ignore what goes on in the office- especially the billing part- then you don’t see the bigger picture. Billing is important! Modern EMS is expensive. Most...

EMS Week-It’s A Brave New World Out There!

EMS Week- It’s a Brave New World Out There!

EMS Week- It’s a Brave New World Out There! 1966 It became fairly obvious in 1966 that there needed to be a system for caring ill and injured patients in an emergency using a system of urgency. Yes, 53 years ago, a document entitled Accidental Death and Disability: The Neglected...