The United Medical Transportation Providers Group is dedicated to filling various voids that exist within the assisted medical transportation industry. Thus, our purpose is simple – to further promote and enhance the interests of our industry while educating and empowering our member-providers.
The general perception of our industry is that assisted medical transportation requires ambulance or emergency services. However, in most instances, patients do NOT require emergency services when being discharged, transferred to nursing or rehabilitation centers, transported to medical appointments, or attending various treatments. The vast majority of transports are quite literally non-emergency and, thus, only require the assistance of non-emergency vehicles; often referred to as ambulettes or “medi-vans.”
Because of this gross misconception, much of the infrastructure, policies, and reimbursements are directed towards emergency (ambulance) services. As a result, cost of services dramatically increases causing a financial burden to patients, hospitals and facilities, insurance companies, HMO’s, Managed Care Organizations, government agencies, and more.
Using ALS (Advanced Life Support) or BLS (Basic Life Support) vehicles for non-emergency transportation is excessive in cost, resources, and time. It is like using a saw when only a scalpel is required. Ambulettes are considerably more cost effective for patients, providers, and third party payers.
At a time when individual patients, insurance companies, Medicaid, Medicare, and organizations are experiencing budgetary financial strain, it is imperative that the United Medical Transportation Providers Group continues to raise awareness and industry standards to encourage the use of suitably applied solutions versus excessive and costly services.
As the elderly population and the medical industry continue to grow and expand, so too will the demand for assisted medical transportation. People are living longer which requires various forms of extended care, support, and procedures. Hospitals and facilities continue to increase the amount of ambulatory procedures which further increases the demand for same-day assisted transportation. In addition to general discharges and in-service transportation, the increase in ambulatory procedures is leading to an increase in demand for cost effective assisted transportation.
The United Medical Transportation Providers Group is committed to leading the assisted medical transportation industry during a period of extensive growth and expansion. By expanding and empowering the use of non-emergency transportation, the UMTPG is committed to reducing overall cost to individuals and providers.
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