Prior Auth Expansion to MD, DE, DC, NC, VA, WV

CMS Announces Expansion of Prior Authorization Program for Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transports October 26, 2015 CMS has announced that consistent with the requirements of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), it will expand the current prior authorization demonstration program for repetitive scheduled non-emergent ambulance transports beginning on January 1, 2016,…

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Preliminary Calculation of 2016 Ambulance Inflation Update

Section 1834(l)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act mandates that the Medicare Ambulance Fee Schedule be updated each year to reflect inflation. This update is referred to as the “Ambulance Inflation Factor” or “AIF”. The AIF is calculated by measuring the increase in the consumer price index for all urban consumers (CPI-U) for the 12-month period…

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Member Advisory: CMS Releases the ICD-10 Crosswalk

By Kathy Lester, JD, MPH | AAA Healthcare Regulatory Consultant | October 9, 2015 At the end of last week, CMS posted the ICD-10 crosswalks for medical conditions for ambulance services. The documents can be found here, under the Other Guidance section at the bottom of the webpage. In creating the crosswalk files, CMS relied…

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Member Advisory: Follow Up Regarding Recent OIG Report on Questionable Billing Practices for Ambulance Suppliers

HHS OIG Analysis Part 2 of 2 – Read Part One of the Analysis October 1, 2015 Yesterday, the American Ambulance Association summarized a report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on certain questionable billing practices by ambulance suppliers. In this report, the OIG indicated that 1…

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Member Advisory: OIG Issues Report on Questionable Billing Practices for Ambulance Suppliers

HHS OIG Analysis Part 1 of 2 – Read Part Two of the Analysis On September 29, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report titled “Inappropriate Payments and Questionable Billing for Medicare Part B Ambulance Transports” (OEI-09-12-00351).  The report, conducted by the Office of Evaluation…

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Member Advisory: OIG Issues Report on Questionable Billing Practices for Ambulance Suppliers

HHS OIG Analysis Part 1 of 2 – Read Part Two of the Analysis On September 29, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report titled “Inappropriate Payments and Questionable Billing for Medicare Part B Ambulance Transports” (OEI-09-12-00351).  The report, conducted by the Office of Evaluation…

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Redeterminations/Reconsiderations: Scope of Review Limited

CMS published MLN Matters article number SE1521, which states: “For redeterminations and reconsiderations of claims denied following a post-payment review or audit, CMS has instructed MACs and QICs to limit their review to the reason(s) the claim or line item at issue was initially denied.” What this means is that if you have an audit…

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Novitas Issues Guidance for Ambulance Providers, Facilities and Beneficiaries Regarding Expansion of Prior Authorization Project for Repetitive Patients

September 17, 2015 Novitas Solutions, Inc. (Novitas) recently issued a series of guidance documents on the expansion of the prior authorization demonstration project for repetitive scheduled non-emergency ambulance transports. This demonstration project is currently operating in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Pub….

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Submit Comments on Proposed Rule to CY2016 Fee Schedule Changes

  On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a copy of its proposed rule for changes to the Medicare ambulance fee schedule for 2016.  The AAA has drafted a comment letter requesting that CMS make several modifications to improve the methodology and data used for determining urban and rural…

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Learn & Save: Your Guide to Credit Card Processing Agreements

AAA understands that ambulance services sometimes operate on razor-thin margins. One relatively painless way to reduce operating expenses is to ensure that you are getting the best possible deal on credit card processing. While card processing may seem like a commodity service, it’s not—taking a few moments to become educated on the basic elements of your processor contract may save your service thousands annually.

AAA Guide Tailored to Ambulance Services

AAA worked with industry expert and CardPaymentOptions.com CEO Phillip Parker to develop a card processing guide for ambulance services. We invite you to read it now in the AAA Member Center. Go Now►

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AAA has teamed up with Payline Data, LLC to bring members ultra-low rates and overnight funding on card transactions. Learn more.

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule for Calendar Year 2016

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a display copy of a proposed rule titled “Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2016”.  The proposed rule makes a number of changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  It…

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CAAS Vehicle Standards Webcast

June 22, 2015 Member Webcast The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America’s medical transportation system. CAAS accreditation signifies that your service has met the “gold standard” determined by the ambulance industry to be essential in a modern emergency medical services provider. These standards…

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Zip Code Delay Comment Letter

On December 30, 2014, AAA submitted a comment letter to CMS asking the Agency to delay implementation of the changes in zip codes losing their rural status starting in 2015. In its comment letter, the AAA based the one-year delay on the lack of proper notice of the changes in the geographical delineations of zip…

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Comment Letter on Proposed Fee Schedule Changes

On August 29, 2014, the AAA sent a Proposed Rule Comment Letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the CY2015 Fee Schedule Changes.  The AAA determined the recently published proposed rule on updates to the Medicare ambulance fee scheduled for CY 2015 likely significantly underestimated the number of zip codes that…

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CMS Proposed Rule on CY2015 Fee Schedule Changes

The AAA determined the recently published proposed rule on updates to the Medicare ambulance fee scheduled for CY 2015 likely significantly underestimated the number of zip codes that would change geographic area designation. In the proposed rule, CMS stated 120 zip codes would change from rural to urban and 100 zip codes would change from…

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