Many Americans are still exposed to the potential for a surprise medical bill from an out-of-network ambulance ride, a research report published in Health Affairs found, writes Healthcare Dive. An analysis of commercial insurance claims between 2014 and 2017 found about 28% of emergency trips in a ground ambulance resulted in a potential surprise bill. About 85% of emergency transports were deemed out of network. But two-thirds of those trips are paid in full by insurers, eliminating the risk of a surprise bill. The report shows the difference in pricing by ground ambulance ownership and how that affects patients’ financial exposure.
- Ground Ambulance Billing And Prices Differ By Ownership Structure. Health Affairs. January 18 2023
- Healthcare Dive: https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/ground-ambulance-surprise-bills-public-private/640736/