New bill seeks to raise Medicaid reimbursement for Pa. EMS agencies

By: EMS1 Staff

Officials said the future of the EMS agencies in Pennsylvania is uncertain if the bill does not pass and the reimbursement rates are not increased.  HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new bill aims to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rates for the EMS agencies in Pennsylvania.

Local 21 News reported that Rep. Martin Causer is sponsoring House bill 699, which would raise the current basic and advanced life support reimbursement rates from $120 and $200 to $180 and $300. “House bill 699 is really a critical lifeline for our EMS agencies across the commonwealth,” Causer said.

Cornerstone Adminisystems Client Services Supervisor Daniel Morris, who oversees the billing for more than 150 EMS agencies, said they are getting paid “pennies on the dollar” for their services.

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