CMS Explains Some Medicare Changes in Fiscal Cliff Law

Section 604 - Extension of Ambulance Add-On Payments - Section 604 extends the following three Job Creation Act ambulance payment provisions: (1) the 3 percent increase in the ambulance fee schedule amounts for covered ground ambulance transports that originate in rural areas and the 2 percent increase for covered ground ambulance transports that originate in urban areas is extended through December 31, 2013; (2) the provision relating to air ambulance services that continues to treat as rural any area that was designated as rural on December 31, 2006, for purposes of payment under the ambulance fee schedule, is extended through June 30, 2013; and (3) the provision relating to payment for ground ambulance services that increases the base rate for transports originating in an area that is within the lowest 25th percentile of all rural areas arrayed by population density (known as the “super rural” bonus) is extended through December 31, 2013.

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