As EMS Assumes a More Diversified Role in Health Care Delivery, Ambulance Service Compliance Takes Center Stage
The time is ripe for the EMS services sector to be more fully recognized for the essential role they can play on the continuum of care, with its combined emergency medical, transport, communications, and in-home service capabilities. For ambulance service providers, this value may translate into opportunities for expansion and diversification, investment, or sale.
Ambulance service providers are subject to numerous federal and state regulatory requirements. At the same time, enforcement agencies recently have placed intensive focus on both ambulance companies, and the providers that have potential referral relationships with them, in a spate of criminal and civil fraud actions. As a result, the compliance programs for ambulance service providers, and the health care entities that work with them, should incorporate EMS-specific compliance elements.
To capitalize on emerging strategic opportunities, ambulance service providers will need to demonstrate that they have implemented effective legal and regulatory compliance programs. Conversely, those considering an investment, venture, or acquisition in or with an ambulance service provider should ensure that due diligence adequately examines these compliance considerations.
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