as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 01/17/2019 03:06pm
A bill for an act
relating to human services; expanding the scope of a medical assistance rate increase
for ambulance services; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256B.0625,
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256B.0625, subdivision 17a, is amended to
(a) Medical assistance covers ambulance
services. Providers shall bill ambulance services according to Medicare criteria.
Nonemergency ambulance services shall not be paid as emergencies. Effective for services
rendered on or after July 1, 2001, medical assistance payments for ambulance services shall
be paid at the Medicare reimbursement rate or at the medical assistance payment rate in
effect on July 1, 2000, whichever is greater.
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medical assistance payment rates for ambulance services identified in this paragraph are
increased by five percent. Capitation payments made to managed care plans and county-based
purchasing plans for ambulance services provided on or after January 1, 2017, shall be
increased to reflect this rate increase. The increased rate described in this paragraph applies
to ambulance service providers whose base of operations as defined in section 144E.10 is
(1) outside the metropolitan counties listed in section 473.121, subdivision 4, and outside
the cities of Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, St. Cloud, and Rochester; or
(2) within a municipality with a population of less than 1,000.
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