OIG Sounds Alarm Over Medicare Ambulance Payments

Law360, New York (September 26, 2013, 6:57 PM EDT) -- Medicare spending on ambulance transportation rose far faster than other expenses as a whole over the past decade, according to an inspector general’s report Wednesday that could herald further crackdowns on the troubled sector.

The report said that use of ambulances cost Medicare $4.5 billion in 2011, up from $2 billion in 2002. That was a jump of about 130 percent, dwarfing the increase of roughly 75 percent in overall Medicare Part B expenditures, the report found.

Also, the number of patients receiving ambulance rides leaped...
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