Congress just passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, extending the 2% urban, 3% rural and 22.6% super rural Medicare add-ons for ground ambulance services. The Medicare ground ambulance add-ons were set to expire on December 31, 2022, and now they will continue through December 31, 2024, once President Biden signs the Act.
What About Other Cuts?
The Act also delays a 4% Medicare “PAYGO” cut that was set to go into effect at the end of 2022. The PAYGO cut is delayed until 2025. However, the 2% across the board Medicare sequestration cuts – that have been in effect since 2013 (with a brief suspension during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency) – have been extended through the December 1, 2032.