Trailblazer/CMS Notices: Certification of Coverage for Ambulance Transportation – September 2, 2010

Trailblazer has published this notice in September, 2010: This article is primarily intended for physicians who certify Medicare coverage for ambulance transportation, though the underlying message is applicable to all physicians who order and certify other services for Medicare payment. Understanding Medicare requirements for payment and certification of ambulance transportation is ...

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HFD: Let the Layoffs Begin? 2011 edition

First, the HPFFA needs to get professional media managers - some of the things that came out of firefighters mouths were just plain dumb - things you should never say in a negotiation (which is what this situation really is at the moment).  And letting those guys speak was not the best idea - really ...

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Medicare Ambulance Open Door Forum – April 2011

The following is a "less than live" blog post regarding the CMS Medicare Ambulance Open Door Forum held April 6, 2011.  This is by no means a transcript of the presentation (far from it!) and I am not going to address many of the Q&A questions. The Use of Mapquest to determine mileage: Apparently, some one ...

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When the Press Doesn’t Understand EMS: Issue Identification 101

This article is either a completely clueless reporter reporting on something they know nothing about, or an excellent job of hide the ball . . . The issue here, if you look closely, is not response time - the crew made the location within 3 minutes of the call, BOTH times; nor is it any delays ...

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Houston Settles with Black Firefighters in Promotional Claim

I haven't been following this closely, so I don't have a personal opinion regarding this settlement.  I know a few of the players involved, none well.  But I think this settlement is to make this go away rather than any admission of fault by the city and possibly an admission that the city legal department ...

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FBI raids Rural Metro in Louisville KY

The FBI confirmed they raided an ambulance service in Louisville, KY yesterday.  No comments and the search warrant is sealed.  Interesting - the story is after the jump: Posted by Heather Smith - email LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Over the weekend WAVE 3 received a mobile tip about a possible FBI raid at Rural Metro Ambulance ...

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Webinar Announcement: PPACA or Obamacare: Change Ambulance Providers Need to Know, March 24 @ 11:00AM

Marc Meyer will be presenting a webinar on the Affordable Care Act of 2010 entitled "PPACA or Obamacare: Changes Ambulance Providers Need to Know."  Marc will discuss how the Affordable Care Act is changing the face of Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement and altering other facets of healthcare policy that apply ...

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Suburban Fire Departments Struggle with Funding, Volunteer Staffing Issues

I missed this Houston Chronicle story when it came out.  But the points it makes have been issues since I was a volunteer/part-time paid staff for a combination department (full disclosure: it is one of the named departments in this story).  Back then, the Emergency Services Districts ("ESD") were just coming into vogue ...

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Medicare Program Integrity Contractor Seminar this Friday

Montgomery Healthcare Consultants, LLC and the Law Office of Marc Meyer, PLLC invite you to join Marc Meyer for a Webinar, “Medicare Program Integrity Initiatives 2011: MAC’s, QIC’s, RAC’s and ZPIC’s Spell Trouble for Ambulance ...

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No Surprises Here: Lack of Trauma Care in Rural, Poor Areas

In the Archives of Surgery, published online January 17th.  The story, reprinted after the jump, is from the Reuters report published January 19th.  And this is not a situation that I believe will be changing in the near future based on the current political and economic climate. Marc Source:  Possible Geographical Barriers to ...

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