Medicare payments to decrease in 2016

2016 brings more bad news for the ambulance industry as the Ambulance Inflation Factor (AIF) has caused a 1% decrease in Medicare payments. We at EMERGICON understand that this is extremely frustrating. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act should have helped increase revenue, yet the reality is patients are facing higher deductibles and it is becoming harder to recoup revenue. As a result, even though the cost to operate is rising, money is being taken out of the system.

On a positive note, the bonus payments originating in July 2008 have been extended until December 31, 2017. The regulations state that the ground ambulance fee schedule will be increased 2% for services originating in urban areas, 3% for services originating in rural areas and 22.6% for services originating in super- rural areas. Although the areas affected are few and far between, every dollar helps.

Robin Smith, CAC
Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement