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Congress Passes 3-Month Ambulance Relief Extension

Dec 19, 2013

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a two-year federal budget agreement which contained a three-month extension of the current temporary 2% urban, 3% rural and super rural increases in payments under the Medicare ambulance fee schedule. The increases were scheduled to expire on December 31 of this year and would now expire on March 31, 2014. The House had passed the agreement on December 12. The agreement now goes to the President who has stated he will sign the legislation into law.

The three-month extension of the temporary fix to the physician fee schedule and ambulance increases is intended to provide Congress more time to address a permanent repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and the long-term extension of the increases in payments for ambulance services.

The House and Senate have adjourned for the year and will return in January to continue discussions on the SGR repeal and ambulance relief.