Potential Policy Changes Loom as Ground Ambulance Costs Rise

The cost of emergency ground ambulance trips has risen considerably in recent years, according to recent research, and experts tell AIS Health that payers have limited power to push back. Nevertheless, the issue has caught the eye of policymakers amid a larger push to increase health care cost transparency and eliminate surprise medical billing, signaling that change may be on the horizon.

From 2017 to 2020, average charges and allowed amounts for both basic life support (BLS) and advanced life support (ALS) emergency ground ambulance transport increased, according to a new white paper from the nonprofit claims-data research organization FAIR Health.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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