Public Act 095-0501

SB1350 Enrolled LRB095 10902 DRJ 31188 b
AN ACT concerning public aid.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly:
Section 5. The Illinois Public Aid Code is amended by changing Section 5-4.2 as follows:
(305 ILCS 5/5-4.2) (from Ch. 23, par. 5-4.2)
Sec. 5-4.2. Ambulance services payments. For ambulance services provided to a recipient of aid under this Article on or after January 1, 1993, the Illinois Department shall reimburse ambulance service providers at rates calculated in accordance with this Section. It is the intent of the General Assembly to provide adequate reimbursement for ambulance services so as to ensure adequate access to services for recipients of aid under this Article and to provide appropriate incentives to ambulance service providers to provide services in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Thus, it is the intent of the General Assembly that the Illinois Department implement a reimbursement system for ambulance services that, to the extent practicable and subject to the availability of funds appropriated by the General Assembly for this purpose, is consistent with the payment principles of Medicare. To ensure uniformity between the payment principles of Medicare and Medicaid, the Illinois Department shall follow, to the extent necessary and practicable and subject to the availability of funds appropriated by the General Assembly for this purpose, the statutes, laws, regulations, policies, procedures, principles, definitions, guidelines, and manuals used to determine the amounts paid to ambulance service providers under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (Medicare).

For ambulance services provided to a recipient of aid under this Article on or after January 1, 1996, the Illinois Department shall reimburse ambulance service providers based upon the actual distance traveled if a natural disaster, weather conditions, road repairs, or traffic congestion
necessitates the use of a route other than the most direct route.
For purposes of this Section, "ambulance services" includes medical transportation services provided by means of an ambulance, medi-car, service car, or taxi.

This Section does not prohibit separate billing by ambulance service providers for oxygen furnished while providing advanced life support services.

Beginning with services rendered on or after July 1, 2008, all providers of non-emergency medi-car and service car transportation must certify that the driver and employee attendant, as applicable, have completed a safety program approved by the Department to protect both the patient and the driver, prior to transporting a patient. The provider must maintain this certification in its records. The provider shall produce such documentation upon demand by the Department or its representative. Failure to produce documentation of such training shall result in recovery of any payments made by the Department for services rendered by a non-certified driver or employee attendant. Medi-car and service car providers must maintain legible documentation in their records of the driver and, as applicable, employee attendant that actually transported the patient. Providers must recertify all drivers and employee attendants every 3 years.

Notwithstanding the requirements above, any public transportation provider of medi-car and service car transportation that receives federal funding under 49 U.S.C. 5307 and 5311 need not certify its drivers and employee attendants under this Section, since safety training is already federally mandated.
(Source: P.A. 88-104; 89-43, eff. 1-1-96.)

Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
Effective Date: 8/28/2007

Public Act 095-0501 Explained

How the new law affects non emergency transportation providers in the State of Illinois.

Beginning, on or after July 1st, 2008 all providers of transportation services involving transportation service to person(s) requiring medi-car or service car transportation needs that are billable under the State of Illinois Public Aid transportation code shall be required to provide proof of the following:

• Proof of certification of safety training for their drivers operating in their respective fleet services.
• Proof of certification of safety training for their driver attendant personnel in their respective fleet services.
• Required safety training program must be approved by the Illinois Department of Health & Family Services.
• Transportation Service Provider must maintain proof of required safety training certification in its company records.

Failure to comply with State Department representative(s) demand for proof of such proper certification training records shall result in recovery of any payments made by the Department for services rendered by a non-certified driver or employee attendant.