S.1407 - Air Ambulance Medicare Accreditation and Accountability Act

A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish accreditation requirements for suppliers and providers of air ambulance services, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish accreditation requirements for suppliers and providers of air ambulance services, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Air Ambulance Medicare Accreditation and Accountability Act as introduced.

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Air Ambulance Medicare Accreditation and Accountability Act - Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to condition Medicare payment for air ambulance services upon: (1) provision by the supplier or service provider for appropriate medical oversight by a physician, and (2) a

Official Summary

Air Ambulance Medicare Accreditation and Accountability Act - Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to condition Medicare payment for air ambulance services upon:
(1) provision by the supplier or service provider for appropriate medical oversight by a physician, and
(2) accreditation of the air ambulance as level III or higher. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to:
(1) establish a process for accrediting air ambulances according to three specified levels of accreditation, from lowest to highest;
(2) consider certain factors in designating accreditation organizations;
(3) establish criteria for use by an accreditation organization to evaluate an air ambulance; and
(4) establish certain requirements for the collection of related data. Prohibits reimbursement for air ambulance services under a state plan under SSA title XVII (Medicaid) unless the state develops licensing and regulatory requirements for such services that comply with federal guidelines. Directs the Secretary to establish a revised air ambulance rate structure under the Medicare fee schedule. Requires sole community air ambulance services originating in a rural area to be reimbursed at a higher rate than for services by a non-sole community air ambulance. Requires the Secretary to reduce the update for ambulance services for the failure of suppliers and providers to submit certain quality data to the Secretary . Authorizes the Secretary to arrange with the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies to study ground critical care transport.

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