Medicare cut to ambulance pay threatens dialysis patients' access

Modern Healthcare: Patient transportation providers are worried that a looming cut to ambulance reimbursement could cause some dialysis patients to lose access to care, as the new rate reimburses companies below their cost to provide rides.

The CMS has started sending notices to Medicare administrative contractors telling them to reduce reimbursement for regular, non-emergency ambulance transportation for dialysis appointments by 13% starting Oct. 1. Congress called for the cut in its February continuing resolution, known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

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