Congress Passes the Protecting Medicare Access Act

Yesterday, Congress passed the Protecting Medicare Access Act of 2014, which reauthorizes several key portions of the Medicare program, including the Medicare Ambulance Add-On Payments, through April 1, 2015. These payments provide additional payments for EMS transports of Medicare beneficiaries originating in predetermined urban, rural and super-rural zip codes.

The current rates for additional payments are

  • Urban: 2%
  • Rural: 3%
  • Super-rural: 22.7%

These payments play an important role by helping cover unreimbursed expenses such as the cost of medications and medical procedures.

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