A new model is being launched by the Trump administration through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would pay first responders—such as ambulance crews—even if they decide not to take a person to the emergency room (ER). Instead of not paying first responders in such scenarios, the Treat and Transport (ET3) model will pay them whether they transport the individual to the hospital or they provide onsite care.
Some flexibility is given to the first responders, as they can provide their care either in-person or via telehealth services. According to Alex Azar, secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the model is to discontinue incentivizing first responders for transporting people to the ER, where costs for care is often significantly higher and it tends to take longer to deliver care. Additionally, CMS leadership states that despite ER visit copayments remaining the same, health care consumers should see savings by avoiding the trip to the ER.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. CMS administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid and other health insurance programs.
This was reported by Fierce Healthcare on February 14, 2019.
Contact Information: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244; (202) 690-6145; Website: www.cms.gov