Long-Term Care

Complicated ride: The ins and outs of billing for ambulance services

Billing Alert for Long-Term Care, February 1, 2010

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The fact that ambulance services are occasionally considered part of consolidated billing and at other times are not can cause confusion and further complicate the biller’s task of reducing facility costs.

And unfortunately for billers, recognizing which ambulance services fall under consolidated billing isn’t the only difficult part of the process. Billers also must understand the premise of medical necessity and should routinely communicate with the SNF clinical staff regarding ambulance transportation. In addition, billers should be in contact with the ambulance companies themselves, a practice that will likely increase in importance due to the 2009 investigation by the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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