Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announces emergency transportation model

On February 14, 2019, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model that aims to transform the ambulance system.  Medicare-enrolled ambulance service suppliers and hospital-owned ambulance providers will participate in the model.   CMMI believes this model will improve quality and lower costs by reducing hospitalizations and avoidable transports. Currently, Medicare provides payment for emergency ground ambulance services when a beneficiary is transported to a hospital, critical access hospital, skilled nursing facility, and dialysis center.  As a result, CMS believes that Medicare beneficiaries that call 911 are often taken to one of these facilities, even in circumstances where lower acuity care would be appropriate. The ET3 model would offer flexibility to ambulance providers after receiving a 911 call for lower acuity calls.  Participating ambulance suppliers and providers…

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