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Learn more about Medicare coverage of ambulance services.

Posted on May 19, 2013

Original Medicare and Medicare private health plans, also known as Medicare Advantage plans, must cover emergency services even if your condition didn’t turn out to be an emergency. You can appeal if your plan refuses to pay for your ambulance ride. You can also go to any hospital or use any ambulance company in an emergency situation, whether or not they’re in your plan’s network. Medicare Part B covers emergency ambulance transportation from your home (or another place where the need arose) to a hospital. Medicare will also cover ambulance... Read More

How do I prevent Medicare fraud?

Posted on May 16, 2013

Medicare fraud is when providers mislead Medicare into paying for services it shouldn’t pay for or paying more than it should pay. There are many ways you can prevent fraud: Protect your Medicare number the same way you would protect your credit card number. Be careful about who you give your Medicare number to. Be especially wary of someone who promises to give you a free service in exchange for your Medicare number. Know what Medicare covers and what Medicare does not cover. That way, you can question a provider... Read More

Does Medicare cover non-emergency transportation?

Posted on May 16, 2013

Medicare coverage of ambulance transportation is usually limited if it’s not an emergency situation. Medicare may cover non-emergency ambulance trips if: They’re medically necessary You’re taken to or from certain places The ambulance company meets Medicare requirements In this instance, transportation is medically necessary if: You’re confined to a bed, or If you aren’t bed-confined, you need vital medical services during the trip that you can only get in an ambulance; and The reason for the trip is to get a service or return from a service you need that... Read More