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Ambulance service, advanced life support (als), non-emergency transport, no specialized als services rendered, all inclusive (mileage and supplies)

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Name of the Procedure:

Ambulance Service, Advanced Life Support (ALS), Non-Emergency Transport, No Specialized ALS Services Rendered, All-Inclusive (Mileage and Supplies) (HCPCS Code: A0304)


This procedure involves non-emergency transportation by an ambulance equipped for Advanced Life Support (ALS) but without the need for specialized ALS services. It includes all related costs such as mileage and medical supplies.


This service is designed to safely transport patients who require monitoring or moderate medical support en route but do not need specialized ALS interventions. The goal is to reach the destination facility seamlessly, ensuring the patient's stability throughout the journey.


This service is suitable for patients:

  • Who are medically stable but still require ALS-level oversight.
  • Who are transferring between medical facilities, such as from a hospital to a rehabilitation center.
  • Who have chronic conditions needing regular monitoring during transport.
  • With mobility issues that preclude standard medical transport.


  • Patients do not typically need to make special preparations.
  • It's advisable to inform healthcare providers of any medications or symptoms beforehand.
  • Any relevant medical records or directives should be ready for review by the ambulance team.

Procedure Description

  1. The paramedical team arrives with an ALS-equipped ambulance.
  2. Patients are assessed and assisted onto a stretcher.
  3. Necessary monitoring equipment (e.g., vitals monitor) is connected to the patient.
  4. Basic medical supplies are prepared in case of minor interventions.
  5. The transport proceeds to the designated facility, with paramedics regularly checking vitals and patient comfort.
  6. Upon arrival, the patient is safely transferred into the care of the receiving medical staff.

Tools & Equipment: ALS-equipped ambulance, monitoring devices, basic medical supplies.


The duration varies based on travel distance but typically ranges from 30 minutes to a few hours.


Performed by ambulance services, which may be affiliated with hospitals, private medical transport companies, or emergency medical services.


  • Paramedics
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)

Risks and Complications

  • Minimal risks as this is a non-invasive procedure.
  • Potential for patient discomfort during transport.
  • Very rare: sudden onset of medical complications requiring immediate intervention.


  • Ensures safe and monitored transport for medically stable patients.
  • Allows for continuity of care during transfer.
  • Rapid and reliable transport between medical facilities.


  • Post-procedure, patients typically do not require specific recovery measures.
  • Any subsequent care aligns with the treatment plan at the destination facility.


  • Basic Life Support (BLS) non-emergency transport for patients not needing ALS monitoring.
  • Private vehicle or public transport for patients with no medical oversight requirements.
  • Comparison: ALS transport provides higher safety margins but is costlier than BLS or self-transport.

Patient Experience

  • Patients can expect to feel stable and well-monitored.
  • Paramedics may engage in friendly conversation for comfort.
  • Pain management protocols are in place should minor discomfort arise.

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