Ground Ambulance Services: Waiver for Treatment in Place

Effective March 1, 2020, where the following criteria are satisfied, Medicare pays for ground ambulance services without a transport during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE):

  • The ground ambulance service was furnished in response to a 911 call (or the equivalent in areas without a 911 call system); and
  • The patient would have been transported to a destination permitted under Medicare regulations, but the transport did not occur as a result of community-wide emergency medical service protocols due to the COVID-19 PHE; and
  • The patient’s condition required the level of service provided and would normally require transport by ambulance, absent the community-wide EMS protocols (in other words, any other means of transportation would have been contraindicated).



Last Updated Mon, 31 Oct 2022 19:29:10 +0000