Medicare Ambulance Payment Model to Expand Nationwide

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will expand the Medicare Prior Authorization Model for Repetitive, Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transport (RSNAT) nationwide.  This model allows for certain Medicare beneficiaries to ride in ambulances to certain medical appointments, most often for dialysis treatment, when the service is approved in advance. The evaluation found that the model reduces Medicare spending without changing quality or access to care in both rural and non-rural areas.