Non-emergency medical transportation insurance is a type of insurance that helps to pay for the costs of transporting a patient for medical care when the situation is not an emergency. Some businesses may have different non-emergency medical transportation insurance requirements to have a license to operate. The non-emergency medical transportation insurance requirements may also vary based on the type of business, the patient occupancy rate and the types of conditions that the patients have. Understanding these insurance requirements could help a business manager to fulfill the requirements of the law, licensing organizations and patient care needs.
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Insurance Requirements for Nursing Facilities
Skilled nursing facilities, also referred to as SNFs, may need to use non-emergency medical transportation when a patient needs outside services that are not available at the facility. For example, a patient may need a follow-up X-ray, dental care, eye exam or vaccination. The non-emergency medical transportation service would get the patient from the SNF to the medical provider safely and on-time. SNFs may need to have a non-emergency medical transportation provider available on a 24/7 basis to maintain the state licensing requirements.
Day Program Requirements for Non-emergency Medical Transportation Insurance
Some adults with disabilities may attend an adult day program. These programs offer respite services for full-time care providers and a means of socializing for the participants. Some of the participants may even perform paid work. From time to time, non-emergency medical transportation services may be needed. This may be the case if a patient needs to leave the day program to go to an appointment. In other cases, the non-emergency medical transportation is required to get the participant from his or her residence to the day program’s facility. Day programs should have non-emergency medical transportation insurance that covers their open hours and the number of participants they serve.
Adults with disabilities may live in a residential facility that houses up to 15 residents. These facilities have employees who come into work, caring for the residents’ routine needs such as cooking, cleanup, medication administration, showering and getting dressed. When a patient has a doctor’s appointment, dentist appointment or needs to have some lab tests or an X-ray done, a non-emergency medical transport will be needed. Such facilities should maintain an adequate level of non-emergency medical transportation services based on their number of residents.