As of 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a rule that would require group health plans to submit information related to air ambulance claims. Once these regulations are finalized, the submission of this data will become mandatory. However, as of the current date (February 14th, 2023), the finalization of these regulations has not yet been announced.
Air ambulance services are often used to transport patients in need of emergency medical care to hospitals or medical facilities that are not easily accessible by traditional ground transportation. Unfortunately, these services can come at a high cost, which can be a financial burden for patients and their families. Additionally, air ambulance services are often provided by out-of-network providers, which can lead to surprise medical bills.
To address these concerns, the proposed rule would require group health plans to submit data related to air ambulance claims, including information on the number of air ambulance trips, the cost of these services, and the number of patients who received surprise medical bills. The goal of this data collection is to help the HHS better understand the impact of air ambulance services on patients and the healthcare system as a whole.
While the proposed rule has not yet been finalized, it is important for group health plans to start preparing for these changes. This includes reviewing their current policies and procedures related to air ambulance services and identifying any areas that may need to be updated or revised. Group health plans should also stay up to date on any new developments related to the proposed rule and be prepared to comply with the regulations once they are finalized.
In conclusion, while the proposed rule requiring group health plans to submit information related to air ambulance claims has not yet been finalized, it is important for group health plans to start preparing for these changes. By doing so, they can help ensure compliance with the regulations and improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare services for patients.