Ambulance (2022) ^NEW^
Ambulance is a 2022 American action thriller film directed and co-produced by Michael Bay and written by Chris Fedak. A co-production between New Republic Pictures, Project X Entertainment and Bay Films, it is based on the 2005 Danish film of the same name by Laurits Munch-Petersen and Lars Andreas Pedersen. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Eiza González and follows two adoptive siblings (Gyllenhaal and Abdul-Mateen) turned bank robbers who hijack an ambulance and take two first responders hostage.
Former Marine and Afghanistan veteran Will Sharp is desperately in need of $231,000 for his wife Amy's experimental cancer surgery. He reaches out to Danny, his adoptive brother and a life-long criminal, who talks him into taking part in a $32 million bank heist. Though initially hesitant, Will agrees after Danny reaffirms that he is doing this for Amy. The plan nearly succeeds until Officer Zach Parker, who goes to the bank to ask out a bank teller, discovers the situation and is held hostage by Danny. A shootout occurs between one of the heist members and Zach's partner Officer Mark. The Special Investigation Section (SIS) of the LAPD arrives, killing or arresting the whole crew except Will and Danny, who retreat towards the garage. Zach attempts to escape and during a scuffle between him and Danny, he is accidentally shot by Will. Leaving Zach to die, the brothers attempt to exit through the back of the building but find it surrounded by police. They hijack a Falck ambulance with paramedic Cam Thompson on board, who is treating the injured Zach. After a chase that leads them into an alleyway, Cam makes a desperate attempt to escape using a fire extinguisher, but is quickly recaptured by Danny as Zach starts flatlining.
SIS Captain Monroe arrives on the scene and deploys helicopters to chase after the ambulance. Cam gets Danny to help her use a defibrillator and Will to transfer some of his blood to Zach, much to his confusion and frustration. Danny calls Papi, one of his adoptive father's criminal friends, for help losing the police in exchange for $8 million. When Cam stops Danny from shooting Mark, who has been chasing them, Danny threatens to throw her off the ambulance. The police are forced to retreat when it is discovered that Monroe's dog Nitro is inside Mark's police vehicle. FBI Agent Anson Clark, a past friend of Danny's, is put on the case.
In the Los Angeles River, helicopters chase the ambulance as Danny shoots at them. Will and Danny drive on the opposite lane of the interstate, creating multiple accidents. On Papi's orders, his son Roberto drives an empty ambulance towards the police after filling it with C-4 explosives and deploys machine guns on separate cars to cause additional damage, which ends up wounding Monroe in the crossfire. Mark chases down Roberto and accidentally makes him shoot himself after a scuffle, leaving Papi angry and distraught. Will and Danny escape to Papi's hideout, where Papi demands the brothers to leave Zach and Cam with them to deal with; Will refuses to cooperate and teams up with Danny to kill Papi and his crew. In the chaos, Cam accidentally shoots Will using Zach's gun, mistaking him for one of the gang members. This also gives away the police who chase them once more as they escape.
Danny takes the ambulance to a hospital while Cam tries to save an accidentally injured Will just as police forces surround them as they enter. As Cam tries to save Will's life, Danny discovers Zach's gun and becomes enraged when Cam reveals that she was the one who shot Will. As Anson orders Danny to turn himself in or be shot, Danny vows to kill Cam along with himself on live television, before confronting Anson and the rest of the police. Will, left with no other choice, shoots Danny in the back before the police arrest him and handcuff him to the ground next to a wounded Danny while Cam is safely rescued. Danny apologizes to Will for his actions before he dies from his injuries just as Amy and her baby son arrive, having realized about her husband's actions on going on a heist so he can pay for her cancer treatment. As Will is taken inside for surgery while handcuffed, Cam secretly gives some of the heist money to Amy for her surgery, and Zach, when questioned by the police about his injuries, tells them that Will saved his life. Cam then visits Lindsey, a girl that she rescued from a car accident earlier and holds her hand as she wakes up recovered from her injuries, before leaving the hospital.
The first trailer was shown at CinemaCon on August 25, 2021, and released online on October 21, 2021. It featured a cover of the song "California Dreamin'" sung by Bobby Womack. The Hollywood Reporter compared the footage to Heat (1995) and Training Day (2001), and Deadline Hollywood noted "the rapid rhythm that Bay does best." Entertainment Weekly said the film looked like "pure chaos, thanks to a lot of quick camera cuts, loads of gunfire, a high-speed ambulance chase, and Jake Gyllehaal [sic] doing the absolute most with his bank robber character." A second trailer was released on March 24, 2022. It featured the song "Sailing" by Christopher Cross. Entertainment Weekly wrote, "The latest trailer for the chaotic heist-gone-wrong film is peak Michael Bay, with everything you could possibly want from an action flick".
The film was marketed as a counterprogramming option for older male moviegoers. Pre-sales for the film trended ahead of Lionsgate's Moonfall (2022), which had a larger budget. Shawn Robbins from Boxoffice Pro said Universal had "done a fine job reaching its target male audience with significant promotion during major sporting events over the past few months." According to iSpot, Universal spent $33 million on television spots promoting the film, which generated 819 million impressions across the United States. Commercials were generally aired during sporting events such as NFL and NBA games, men's college basketball, Super Bowl LVI and the Winter Olympics, as well as re-runs of The Big Bang Theory.
The story and performances received some criticism. TheWrap's Robert Abele said Gyllenhaal's acting was unconvincing and "over-the-top" and that Abdul-Mateen's character was a "poorly conceived good guy in over his head." He also said "Bay's addiction to confusion and pointlessness as operating visual narrative principles keeps this from being in any way pleasurable." A. O. Scott of The New York Times was positive about the performances but found the story predictable, "It all ends up pretty much where you expect it will, but the actors do a good job of seething and emoting under pressure, and Gyllenhaal does a volatile, charming sociopath thing that isn't as annoying as it might be." Tim Grierson, writing for Screen Daily, said the film "spotlights [Bay]'s visual panache alongside his considerable storytelling weaknesses." The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw said "Ambulance has everything ... except actors giving a decent performance as believable characters in a workable script." The Evening Standard's Charlotte O'Sullivan said the film picks up once the characters enter the ambulance, and that "the B-movie [Gyllenhaal] and Bay have cobbled together is genuinely diverting."
Section 4103(2) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 includes an extension of the temporary add-on payments under section 1834 (l)(13)(A) of the Social Security Act (the Act) that were set to expire on December 31, 2022. They are extended through December 31, 2024. The temporary add-on payments include: 3% increase in the base and mileage rate for ground ambulance services that originate in rural areas (as defined by the ZIP code of the point of pickup) and a 2% increase in the base and mileage rate for ground ambulance services that originate in urban areas (as defined by the ZIP code of the point of pickup).
Air ambulance services (fixed wing and rotary) and ground and air mileage have no RVUs. However, on the fee schedule and this public use file, the base rate for air ambulance services and ground and air mileage is displayed as an RVU.
Keen to make their escape, Danny and Will hijack an ambulance, taking the injured cop and an EMT hostage. What then follows is an explosive car chase across LA, as the pair make a bid for freedom while being pursued by law enforcement officers.
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Between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2020, the DHA, through its contractors, paid 1,304,761 claim line items, valued at $358,127,551, for ground ambulance transport claims (including mileage claims) with paid amounts of more than $50. From the universe of 1,304,761 ambulance claim lines, we developed and reviewed a stratified, statistically representative sample of 182 claim line items, valued at $70,635.77.
The DHA, through its contractors, made improper payments for ground ambulance transportation services. We found that the DHA improperly paid $28,516.97 on 85 of the 182 claims in our statistical sample. These improper payments occurred because DHA personnel, and their contractors, did not:
Although the Acting ASD(HA) agreed with the recommendations to reinforce requirements to obtain documentation to support medical necessity of ambulance transports and ensure samples for audits include ground ambulance transport claims, the actions planned did not meet the intent of the recommendations. Therefore, the two recommendations are unresolved. We request that the DHA Director provide additional comments for those two recommendations on the final report, along with commenting on the projected potential monetary benefits of $118.85 million. 041b061a72