“Medicare implemented the new rule in South Carolina almost a year ago. It requires patients to obtain prior authorization before the government pays for routine, non-emergency ambulance transportation. In theory, the rule makes sure only the sickest patients who can’t transport themselves qualify for the expensive service.

But ambulance owners have complained that the company designated to administer Medicare in South Carolina seems to approve and deny transportation requests at whim.”

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