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TIP Legislation Introduced in Senate

Feb 04, 2021

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D- NV) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced legislation (S. 149) to allow for Medicare reimbursement under certain circumstances of treatment in place by ground ambulance service organizations during the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

S. 149 would provide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with the authority to waive the requirement that a patient be transported to a medical facility in order for the ground ambulance service provider or supplier to receive Medicare reimbursement. The waiver would apply to 9-1-1 emergency ambulance services in which the transport did not occur as a result of “community-wide EMS protocols” due to the public health emergency.

NAEMT, along with AAA, IAFC, and IAFF have spearheaded efforts with Congress to provide CMS with waiver authority for treatment in place. NAEMT will post the bill language as soon as it becomes available.