2009 Ambulance Inflation Factor Set
Providers and suppliers of ambulance services can expect a 5 percent inflation adjustment in their 2009 Medicare reimbursements, compared to 2.7 percent in 2008.
You only have until Dec. 31, however, to collect the 25 percent per mile bonus payment for ground ambulance trips 51 miles or greater. Medicare has paid the 25 percent increase in addition to the existing per mile reimbursement rate since July 1, 2004, but the party ends on New Year’s Eve.
For more information about the ground ambulance base rate, go to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Web site and read transmittal R1607CP or MLN Matters article MM6113.