Thursday, November 11, 2010

basic and advanced time level of ground and air transport ambulance billing

Time Needed for Ground Transport When Considering Air Transports

Differing Statewide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems determine the amount and level of basic and advanced life support ground transportation available. However, there are very limited emergency cases where ground transportation is available but the time required to transport the patient by ground as opposed to air endangers the beneficiary’s life or health. As a general guideline, when it would take a ground ambulance 30-60 minutes or more to transport a beneficiary whose medical condition at the time of pick-up required immediate and rapid transport due to the nature and/or severity of the beneficiary’s illness/injury, contractors should consider air transportation to be appropriate.

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