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Transport Innovations Could Drive Patients to the Doctor

Dec. 8, 2017, 4:33 PM

For some patients, the next trip to the doctor could involve Lyft-style ride-sharing services or innovative trip-tracking technologies.

These innovations could make sure patients get needed care and cut down on transportation fraud in public health programs, according to industry and legal sources contacted by Bloomberg Law.

States are required to provide nonemergency medical transportation (NEMT) services to qualified Medicaid beneficiaries who lack the ability to independently go to a medical appointment. Some Medicaid and Medicare managed care plans also provide the benefit in different forms. State Medicaid programs can choose to manage authorization of NEMT coverage, or can contract...

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