016.29.22 Ark. Code R. § 005 - Non-emergency ambulance transport payments (r158)

Section II Transportation
241.200 Emergency Medical Transportation Access Payment

Qualifying medical transportation providers within the State of Arkansas, except for volunteer ambulance services, ambulance services owned by the state, county, or political subdivision, air ambulance services, specialty hospital-based ambulance services, and ambulance services subject to the state's assessment on the revenue of hospitals shall be eligible to receive emergency medical transportation access payments. All emergency medical transportation providers that meet this definition will be referred to as Qualified Emergency Medical Transportation (QEMT) providers.

The emergency medical transportation access payment to each QEMT shall be calculated on an annual basis and paid out quarterly. The access payment shall be comprehensive and will be eighty percent (80%) of the difference between Medicaid payments otherwise made to QEMTs for the provision of emergency medical transportation services and the average amount that would have been paid at the equivalent community rate (hereinafter, average commercial rate or ACR). Emergency Medical Transportation Access Payments shall be made on a quarterly basis. View the Administrative Procedures for the Emergency Medical TransportationAssessment Fee and Access Payment.

View or print form DMS-0600, Initial Medical Transportation Access Payment Revenue Survey.

View or print form DMS-0601, Emergency Medicaid Transportation Access Payment Application.

STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

STATE ARKANSAS

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METHODS AND STANDARDS FOR ESTABLISHING PAYMENT RATES - OTHER TYPES OF CARE

23. Any other medical care and any other type of remedial care recognized under State law, specified by the Secretary.
a. Transportation (Continued)
(2) Air Ambulance (continued)

Pediatric Hospitals

1. Helicopter Ambulance: Effective for dates of service occurring August 15, 2001 and after, helicopter ambulance services provided by instate pediatric hospitals will be reimbursed based on reasonable costs with interim payments and year-end cost settlement. Interim payments are made at the lesser of the amount billed or the Title XIX (Medicaid) charge allowed. Arkansas Medicaid will use the lesser of the reasonable costs or customary charges as determined from the hospital's submitted cost report to establish cost settlements. The cost settlements will be calculated using the methods and standards used by the Medicare Program. Methods and standards refer to the allocation of costs on the cost report and do not include any current or future Medicare reimbursement limits for this particular service.
(3) Emergency Medical Transportation Access Payment
1. Effective for dates of service on or after April 1, 2020, qualifying medical transportation providers within the State of Arkansas; except for volunteer ambulance services, ambulance services owned by the state or county and political subdivisions, air ambulance services, specialty hospital based ambulance services, and ambulance services subject to the state's assessment on the revenue of hospitals; shall be eligible to receive emergency medical transportation access payments. All emergency medical transportation providers that meet this definition will be referred to as Qualified Emergency Medical Transportation (QEMT) providers for purpose of this section.
2. Payment Methodology
(A) The emergency medical transportation access payment to each QEMT shall be calculated on an annual basis and paid out quarterly. The access payment will be eighty percent (80%) of the difference between Medicaid payments otherwise made to QEMTs for the provision of emergency medical transportation services and the average amount that would have been paid at the equivalent community rate (hereinafter, average commercial rate or ACR).
(1) The Division shall align the paid Medicaid claims for each QEMT with the Medicare fees (Medicare Fee Schedule - Urban) for each healthcare common procedure coding system (HCPCS) or current procedure terminology (CPT) code and calculate the Medicare payment for those claims.

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016.29.22 Ark. Code R. § 005
Adopted by Arkansas Register Volume 47 Number 06, Effective 6/4/2022

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