Sequestration Update

Sequestration Update It Happened… Our last blog warned of the possibility that the “Sequester” was going to hit. If you missed that blog, we provided you with information about the government sequester which, at that point, was still being debated in a standoff between Congress and The White House. Well, March came in like a […]

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Sequester Could Have Negative Impact on Ambulance Medicare Payments

Sequester Could Have Negative Impact on Ambulance Medicare Payments In the News… Congress and President Obama are in the news again over another game of brinksmanship just two months after narrowly avoiding the drop over the “fiscal cliff.” This time the sequestration process threatens to cut Medicare reimbursements. What is Sequestration? For many years there […]

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MedPAC – The Ambulance Industry’s Grinch

MedPAC- A.K.A. Grinch! The ambulance industry now has a Grinch! That Grinch, MedPAC, looks to snatch a Merry Christmas from the EMS industry thanks to recommendations handed up to Congress in November. MedPAC, short for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is the independent Congressional agency that advises Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. The […]

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PCS — Who Can Sign?

PCS — Who Can Sign? Signature Focus In our last blog post we visited new rules surrounding repetitive transports and the execution of the Physicians Certification Statement (PCS). This post will primarily focus on how to insure the person signing is correct for the PCS you have obtained. Requirement… Remember Medicare requires that a PCS […]

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Medicare Revalidation – Why?

Medicare Revalidation – Why? Why? Since the first day that CMS announced the revalidation process for Medicare, we’ve been asked the same question time after time. Why do we have to do this? Well a simple question begs a not so simple answer. We’ll do our best to provide you answers as we see it […]

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Medicare Revalidation in Full Swing for Ambulance

Medicare Revalidation in Full Swing for Ambulance What is Revalidation? Just about one year ago we blogged concerning the CMS call for Medicare revalidation. CMS mandated at that time for every Medicare provider/supplier to be subject to revalidation. Basically revalidation is like hitting the reset button with Medicare. CMS is requiring that every provider/supplier provide […]

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Medicare Ambulance Relief Extension in Congressional Hands

Medicare Ambulance Relief Extension in Congressional Hands Congressional Republicans Propose Relief Extension for 2012 Congressional Republicans have included a one-year extension of Medicare ambulance relief as part of their proposed package to extend the payroll tax holiday, the physician fix and a few other provisions. The American Ambulance Association has also announced that they have […]

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