Journalism in the Public Interest

Ambulances for Dialysis Patients on Rise

New Jersey leads the nation in average annual Medicare spending on ambulance services per dialysis patient, billing for unusually large numbers of non-emergency ambulance rides, according to a our analysis of Medicare payment data. Several ambulance providers said they’ve heard of providers who sign up patients who don't need the service — a form of fraud. The charts below show spending by state from 2001 to 2011, compared to national averages. Sort by the most-recent year or by state. Related story: Medicare Taken For a Ride By Ambulance Companies in New Jersey.


Source: U.S. Renal Data System

Note: National averages include Puerto Rico and U.S. territories.