CMS Listening Session on Ambulance Data Collection

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a listening session on June 28, 2018 to discuss the ambulance data collection program, which was created by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

Ambulance coding expert Brian Werfel will discuss the program at the Texas EMS Alliance’s annual conference, EMS EVOLUTION 2018.

Click here to register for the listening session.

Per CMS:


Section 50203(b) of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018  requires the development of a data collection system (which may include use of a cost survey) to collect cost, revenue, utilization, and other information on providers and suppliers of ground ambulance services. The system must collect information:

  • Needed to evaluate the extent to which reported costs relate to payment rates
  • On the utilization of capital equipment and ambulance capacity
  • On different types of ground ambulance services furnished in different geographic locations, including rural and super rural areas

This listening session is an opportunity to provide input on the development of this system, including:

  • Recommendations on the data elements that CMS should collect
  • Identifying costs that would be difficult to define and report and why
  • Addressing       the potential that there is a variation of costs among organizations that provide ambulance services
  • Other comments on the provision that CMS should consider

Target Audience: Ground ambulance providers and suppliers, as well as ambulance stakeholders.