A routine transport is non-emergent transportation of a patient from the hospital, extended care facility or residence, to another location, including doctor’s offices, extended care facilities, and/or residences.
Susquehanna Township EMS (STEMS) offers three types of routine transports:
- Wheelchair Transports
- Basic Life Support (BLS) Transports
- Long-Distance Transports
This method of transportation is for patients who do not require ambulance transportation. A wheelchair patient should be medically stable, requiring minimal medical intervention and or expected treatment. One individual drives the van, with no attendant in the proximity of the patient to render immediate care.
Many insurance companies do not cover wheelchair charges. However, some insurance companies will pay for wheelchair transports when the person who wants to use the service:
- Needs assistance walking;
- Has a condition that requires special attention) such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, COPD, etc.) ; or
- Is wheelchair bound.
If you have insurance other than Medicare, then be sure to contact them prior to calling for an appointment to insure that your policy will reimburse for wheelchair transportation. In addition, many insurance companies require pre-certification or pre-approval before medical transportation is provided. If your insurance requires pre-certification or pre-approval, then you, your caregiver, doctor or your case manager must obtain the prior approval before making an appointment. We can also assist you in obtaining the necessary pre-certifications.
$1.00/minute in $20 increments
BLS AMBULANCE TRANSPORT
Patients who require Basic Life Support transportation should be relatively stable; not requiring any form of invasive procedures, (i.e. IV infusions, intubation, EKG monitoring, etc.) Capped IV ports are permissible for BLS transportation. Patient self-administered medication pumps are allowed, only if the patient can maintain the device.
A BLS crew will not be responsible for any pump or medication administration should the pump fail.
A BLS Transport crew will consist of a minimum of two Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), allowing one EMT to be present with the patient.
Most insurances will pay for BLS Ambulance transports when the person who wants to use the service meets the following guidelines as certified by the PMNC:
- unable to get up from bed without assistance;
- unable to ambulate; AND
- unable to sit in a chair or wheelchair.
Most insurance companies require pre-certification or pre-approval before medical transportation is provided. If your insurance requires pre-certification or pre-approval, then you, your caregiver, doctor or your case manager must obtain the prior approval before making an appointment. We can also assist you in obtaining the necessary pre-certifications.
While we make every effort to obtain preauthorizations, pre-approvals, or a completed PMNC, there is no guarantee of payment by the insurance company.
- $550 each way in the event your insurance company will not cover the cost.
- Wait time: $1.00/minute in $20 increments
- Oxygen usage: $65
These are either wheelchair or ambulance transports of over 40 miles from the point of departure or out-of-state. We generally need 48 hours advance notice. Please call the STEMS office at 717-545-0842 during normal business hours for details.
NOTE: A fully completed and signed PMNC form MUST accompany all requests for BLS routine transports.