Ambulance Inflation Factor Set for 2012
The 2012 ambulance inflation factor (AIF) for determining the payment limit for ambulance services is 2.4 percent.
This year’s AIF is based on the consumer price index for all urban consumers (CPI-U) 2012 rate of 3.6 percent less the multi-factor productivity (MFP) rate of 1.2 percent.
The Affordable Care Act mandates the CPI-U to be reduced by the MFP, even if this reduction results in a negative AIF update, as it did last year (the 2011 AIF was -0.1 percent).
For more information, see Transmittal 2310, Change Request 7546, issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Sept. 23.