The Transforming Reimbursement for Emergency Ambulance Transportation (TREAT) program began effective July 1, 2022. In the 2022 regular legislative session, House Bill 657 authorized the additional payments program for emergency ambulance services to be funded with a health care provider fee.
The TREAT upper payment limit program provides reimbursement for emergency ambulance services for Medicaid beneficiaries with traditional Medicaid fee-for-service coverage. The TREAT payments are in addition to regular claims payments and are based on claims volume. The payment arrangement is intended to improve access to care by providing funding needed to maintain adequate emergency services and/or attracting new ambulance service providers to serve the Medicaid population. The payment methodology was approved by CMS f through state plan amendment 22-0011.
Additionally, the TREAT directed payment arrangement will reimburse eligible emergency ambulance services providers based on actual emergency ambulance services provided to members in the MississippiCAN program. The payment arrangement is intended to improve access to care by providing funding needed to maintain adequate emergency services and/or attracting new ambulance service providers to serve the MississippiCAN membership. The payment methodology will be submitted to CMS for annual approval through a Preprint, pursuant to 42 C.F.R. section 438.6(c). Work to obtain CMS approval for the first year of the program is in process.
A health care provider fee is assessed on all ground emergency ambulance transportation providers, and all proceeds are used to fund the state share of the TREAT payments.
- Participants include all Mississippi-licensed ground emergency ambulance transport providers.
- The program was effective July 1, 2022, with the first year of the program running through June 30, 2023, and covering state fiscal year 2023.
- DOM, through its contractor Myers and Stauffer LC, and in coordination with the MS Ambulance Alliance will periodically collect a financial survey from all Mississippi-licensed 911 ground ambulance providers. The survey data and Medicaid claims data will be modeled in compliance with CMS requirements to design a program for MS. The selected model will include calculations for the assessment and the payments.
- An average commercial rate (ACR) will be calculated for each applicable ambulance service corresponding to the Medicaid-covered procedure codes listed in the State Plan. To calculate the payment limit, the ACR for each procedure code will be multiplied by the volume of Medicaid paid ambulance service units for the applicable period. To calculate the payment, the payment limit will be reduced by total Medicaid claim payments (Medicaid payments and any third-party liability payments).
- DOM has designed and implemented an upper payment limit program for fee-for-service (FFS) activity and a directed payments program through the managed care organizations.
- A mandatory assessment is used to collect funds from eligible providers to fund the non-federal share of program payments. The federal government funds a large share of the Medicaid payments. However, the State must provide matching funds.
- The State will not contribute funding for the state share of TREAT program payments. The state share of payments will be financed by ambulance companies through the provider assessment.
- MS TREAT Ambulance Provider Financial Survey Tool – July 20, 2023
- MS TREAT: Frequently Asked Questions – August 1, 2023
- MS SPA 23-0004 Ambulance Mileage approved by CMS – May 12, 2023
- Ambulance Provider Assessment Notice – May 11, 2023
- MS SPA 22-0023 Ambulance Supplemental Payment Program Approved by CMS – April 20, 2023
- MS SPA 23-0004 Ambulance Mileage submitted to CMS – March 9, 2023
- MS TREAT Ambulance Financial Survey Training – August 26, 2022
- MS TREAT: Frequently Asked Questions – August 23,2022
- MS TREAT Ambulance Provider Financial Survey Training – August 22, 24, 26, 2022
- MS TREAT Ambulance Provider Financial Survey Tool – August 22, 2022
- MAA and DOM TREAT Program Notice – sent to providers 8/15/2022
- MAA and DOM TREAT Education Notice – sent to providers 8/17/2022