Remember That HIPAA NPP Thing?

Remember that HIPAA NPP Thing?

Remember that HIPAA NPP Thing? Out of Sight, Out of Mind EMS, like all other healthcare disciplines, has its fair share of paperwork. Unfortunately, where most healthcare providers work in an office with administrative staff, you’re expected to be clinicians AND administrators tasked with completing paperwork, distributing forms and even...

AIF Announced For Calendar Year 2020

AIF Announced for Calendar Year 2020

AIF Announced for Calendar Year 2020 R4407CP What is R4407CP? The identifier number on the tail section of an aircraft, perhaps? Good guess…but no! R4407CP is the Change Request Transmittal Number released just a few days ago announcing the Ambulance Inflation Factor (AIF) for 2020. The AIF is an important...

CMS Cost Data Collection Picture Becomes Clearer

CMS Cost Data Collection Picture Becomes Clearer

CMS Cost Data Collection Picture Becomes Clearer Puzzle Pieces Line Up! After several weeks of dissecting the upcoming Federal Cost Data Collection mandate, the puzzle pieces of this new requirement are starting to line up to create a picture of what’s to come. We continue to monitor the clarifications as...

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,...