The Prior Authorization Demonstration for South Carolina began on December 1, 2014, and expanded to North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia on January 1, 2016. This applied to ambulance suppliers that were not institutionally (hospital) based that provided Part B Medicare covered ambulance services and were enrolled as an independent ambulance supplier. Prior authorization is a process through which a request for affirmation of coverage is submitted for review before a service is rendered to a beneficiary and before a claim is submitted for payment. Prior authorization helps ensure that applicable coverage, payment and coding rules are met before services are rendered.
General Facts About the Program
Ambulance service providers that bill Medicare Part B and render Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transportation can receive provisional prior authorization.
Providers can receive prior authorization for up to 40 non-emergency scheduled round trips (HCPCS codes A0426, A0428) in 60 days. For scheduled trips beyond the prior authorized number, a second prior authorization request is required.
Providers with ambulances garaged in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia should submit prior authorization requests for transports in those states to Palmetto GBA.
The process tests Medicare prior authorization procedures, which are designed to improve quality of service and reduce costs.
Submit the prior authorization request. Attach the required documentation. Decision notifications will be issued within 10 business days of receipt of submission.