NEMT Patient Care Access Cuts $40K in Medicaid Patient Costs
Non-emergency medical transportation yields a considerable return on investment (ROI) as it helps with patient care access in chronic disease management, according to new data from the Medical Transportation Access Coalition (MTAC).
On the whole, non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) saves Medicaid about $40 million per month for every 30,000 patients receiving treatment for one of three high-cost chronic conditions including end-stage renal disease, diabetic wound care, and treatment for substance abuse disorders.
With access to NEMT, patients attend five or six maintenance appointments, resulting in nearly $800 in monthly cost savings per patient, or just over $9,000 in yearly cost savings per patient.
These results should inform further healthcare policymaking, especially at the state Medicaid level, according to Jeff Felton, CEO of NEMT broker provider LogistiCare.