The federal Health and Human Services (HHS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) unveiled their Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) model program on Valentines Day, 2019. ET3 is a voluntary, five-year payment model that will provide greater flexibility to ambulance care teams to address emergency health care needs of Medicare beneficiaries following a 911 call. From the start it has been hailed as a game changer, and rightfully so. The newly introduced ET3 program opens the door to aligning financial incentives for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) industry. More specifically, payment/reimbursement for emergency care provided without requiring transport to the hospital for appropriate cases. This finally puts some teeth behind enabling healthcare to where it needs to do. Namely- Right Care, and the Right Place and Time. EMS Agencies enrolled and accepted into the five-year ET3 program will be able to bill for treatment and transport to alternate destinations (other than the hospital emergency department) as well as treatment in place on-scene. This is with the provision that EMS is connected via telehealth (telemedicine) with a qualified healthcare professional (QHP) or a QHP on scene.
This eBook will show how (mobile) telehealth enables ET3 to work or you and your patients as a tool for better patient care.