FAIR Health drew on its repository of billions of private healthcare claims to shed light on both emergency and nonemergency ground ambulance services across the nation in the period 2018 to 2022. The report examines utilization, cost, age and gender, diagnosis, differences across states and outcomes associated with ground ambulance transport (e.g., inpatient admission).
Among the key findings:
- Throughout the period 2018-2022, advanced life support (ALS) services, which can provide a higher level of care than basic life support (BLS) services, accounted for a slightly larger percentage of ground ambulance claim lines than BLS services. For example, in 2022, 51.1 percent of ground ambulance claim lines were associated with ALS compared to 48.9 percent associated with BLS.