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Why Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Matters

Did you know that according to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study, over three million Americans end up missing vital medical appointments due to factors such as a lack of proper patient transportation? Perhaps even more concerning, that number is expected to increase over time. Furthermore, a separate University of Wisconsin study shows that among other things, a lack of transportation is a contributor to poor health outcomes.

Obtaining a Handicap Placard

Are you in need of a placard for your vehicle indicating that you are handicapped? If so, you’ll need to deal with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to obtain the placard. Depending on what your condition is and what a doctor jots down, your placard may be issued permanently or temporarily. Despite its name, a permanent placard will only remain valid for a period of four years.

How Does Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Differ from an Ambulance?

What’s the primary difference between an ambulance and a non-emergency medical transportation vehicle (NEMT)? At its simplest, it’s the urgency. As most people know, ambulances are intended to arrive and pick someone up as quickly as possible during an emergency when someone calls 911. NEMT, on the other hand, is not meant for emergencies, just like its name implies. Generally speaking, NEMT is booked and reserved prior to the date a person is picked up.

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Remains Vital

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made headlines earlier this year when it made an important rule change to Medicaid beneficiaries regarding non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT). With the rule change, states would have the option of opting out of the stipulation which requires them to provide NEMT to these beneficiaries. The changes could result in higher care costs while also causing issues such as limited access for potentially millions of people.

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