Transported For Higher Level Of Care

Transported for HIGHER Level of Care

Transported for HIGHER Level of Care By Katie Harrison and Chuck Humphrey, QMC Compliance Team If we had a dollar… Here in our QMC billing office, if we had a dollar for every time we have opened a patient care report (PCR) to read the documentation of an ambulance transport from one facility to another […]

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Dissecting The Certificate Of Medical Necessity

Dissecting the Certificate of Medical Necessity

Dissecting the Certificate of Medical Necessity By Chuck Humphrey, B.A., EMT-B, CAC, CADS* The Non-Emergency Transport World If you live in the non-emergency ambulance transport world, then the words “medical necessity form” or the letters “PCS” are most familiar to you. A certificate of medical necessity is required to bill a claim to Medicare for […]

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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 requested to be reported, we […]

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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 Editions (SEs) 19017 (Puerto Rico), […]

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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 ambulance industry changes were embedded […]

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