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  • 11/18/2020

    TLPF to Support NEMTAC’s Development of New National NEMT Standards

    New Standards Will Address Patchwork of Service Guidelines for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

    (ATLANTA, Ga.)—The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Foundation (TLPF) is pleased to announce its financial support of the Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) to accelerate the development of new national standards certifying drivers and accrediting companies involved in non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT).

    In 2018, NEMTAC was named the exclusive developer of NEMT national standards through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In addition to developing standards, NEMTAC certifies drivers for two years, distinguishing themselves among their peers. NEMTAC also accredits companies for three years, serving as a market differentiator with higher standards of best practices.

    There is broad support from key stakeholders—including regulators, insurance payers, NEMT brokers and transportation providers—for standards that will ultimately benefit the most important constituency: the passengers and patients of NEMT.

    “A framework for national standards is critical in improving access to care, reducing barriers to transportation and improving individuals’ lives. In addition to financial support, TLPF gives us access to tremendous institutional knowledge from some of the best experts in safety and best practices in the industry,” said Michael Shabkie, founder of NEMTAC, which was developed as a neutral, third-party accreditation body.

    TLPF formalized its funding support of NEMTAC’s initiatives in Atlanta, Georgia, at Mobilize 2020, the 102nd annual convention and expo of The Transportation Alliance, the nation’s oldest and largest trade association of the for-hire transportation industry.

    “This is a first-ever, real opportunity to establish national standards that raise the level of service for NEMT. This is increasingly important as the NEMT industry is only expected to grow as America’s population ages. The real beneficiaries of this effort will be passengers, who will have access to a new national standard of NEMT service,” said Alfred LaGasse, CEO of TLPF.

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