Schedule of Charges for Fire Department Ambulance Transport Service
Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule
The Fire Department is increasing the amounts it charges patients and insurers for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) ambulance transport service provided through the New York City 911 System, to reflect increased costs and help defray the City’s cost of providing these services.
The charges for ambulance service were last increased five years ago, in March 2012. The new rates reflect a 10.4% increase in the salary of EMS and other Fire Department personnel. The rate increases will help the Fire Department recoup the cost of providing ambulance service and reduce the portion of such cost that is currently borne by City taxpayers.
The schedule of charges represents a single rate for BLS service, and separate rates for ALS1 and ALS2 levels of service. The definition of BLS, ALS1 and ALS2 are determined by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The charges set forth in the rule are the amounts that the Fire Department would bill for EMS ambulance treatment and transport service. The charges do not necessarily reflect the amounts accepted by the Fire Department as payment for such services from government and private health insurance plans.