December 1, 2009

Health Care and the Future of NEMT

HEALTH CARE AND THE FUTURE OF NON-EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION - In the following video, Joel Davis author of How To Build A Million Dollar Medical Transportation Company, talks with Dr. Richard Terry about how current and proposed changes within the Health Care System will mean more reliance upon non-emergency medical transportation in the future. The segment of the population (65+) that uses NEMT the most will grow at a rate of 2.8% annually between 2010 and 2030. Plus, people are living longer in their own homes. The trend towards continued and expanded health care delivery through outpatient care means there will be an increased demand for NEMT. According to a recent U.S. Department of Health & Human Services study: "Procedures that once were performed only on an inpatient basis are increasingly performed in a variety of outpatient care settings." And finally, the cost to the Health Care System of not providing NEMT is greater than the cost of providing it. As stated in the 2005 report - Cost Benefit Analysis of Providing Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: "3.6 million Americans miss or delay non-emergency medical care each year because of transportation issues. This target population of 3.6 million persons was found to have a higher prevalence of chronic diseases and and a higher rate of multiple chronic conditions ... for all these conditions, the researchers found that providing additional NEMT is actually cost saving - additional investment in transportation leads to a net decrease in total costs when both transportation and healthcare are examined." For more information read - Medicaid's Medical Transportation Assurance: Origins, Evolution, Current Trends, & Implications for Health Reform - a 2009 policy report underscoring the need for continued use of State Medicaid NEMT for low income persons.
Other posts in the Start Your Own Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Business Series:

- Interview with Carlos Banks of The Wheelchair Taxi, North Carolina

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Find more blog posts and directory pages that deal primarily with non-emergency medical transportation on the NEMT Index.

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