Medicare transport pay cuts threaten dialysis patients’ care

Medicare transport pay cuts threaten dialysis patients’ care

Transportation services are concerned that dialysis patients will lose access to care after Medicare announced they will reduce reimbursement for non-emergencies

Apr 12, 2018


By EMS1 Staff

WASHINGTON — Medical transport agencies are concerned that dialysis patients could lose access to care after it was announced that Medicare will decrease reimbursement for non-emergency ambulance transports.

ModernHealthcare.com reported that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services began advising Medicare contractors to reduce reimbursement for non-emergency dialysis patients by 13 percent beginning Oct. 1.

The cut was called for by Congress in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, and it means that reimbursement for the transports will be 23 percent less than five years ago.

 

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