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Air ambulance industry counts on Congress to boost Medicare pay
Modern Healthcare

Legislation that would significantly raise Medicare rates for emergency air medical providers is working its way through both chambers of Congress. The nation’s largest air ambulance company expects passage soon.Bills in the House and Senate would increase Medicare payments for air-ambulance services and establish a data-reporting program for all companies that provide emergency air medical transportation. The House version would raise Medicare rates by 20% starting Jan. 1, 2016, and an additional 5% from 2017 through 2019.