AMR: ET3 payment model is a ‘great step forward’
AMR released a response to the ET3 announcement and said the model aligns with the company’s “key initiative” to provide a “better model for care delivery”
By News Staff
WASHINGTON — American Medical Response said the newly-announced Medicare transport payment model is a “great step forward for the healthcare system.”
In a released response to the announcement of the Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport model (ET3), which makes Medicare reimbursement available for treatment without transport, AMR said the new payment model aligns with the company’s approach to care delivery.
“Providing a better model for care delivery has been a key initiative for us over the past several years,” AMR President and CEO Edward Van Horne said in a statement. “This announcement fully supports our commitment to provide appropriate care in the most appropriate setting and supports many of the models we currently have in place.”
AMR currently provides nurse triage, care coordination and navigation services through Medical Command Centers that are staffed with nurses who are licensed in all 50 states to support integrated care delivery models.
“AMR looks forward to working with CMS and the EMS industry to provide new ways to innovate emergency care and provide patients with a better experience,” the statement said.
Every person in EMS should mark their calendar today. Thanks to work from individuals across the country, we are moving to payment for treatment rather than payment for transport #emsismorethanataxi @NAEMSP #ET3 pic.twitter.com/H5HbOjPFAA— Brent Myers (@bmyersmd) February 14, 2019
When patients call 911, Medicare essentially only pays for them to be taken to the hospital—even if they could get better care at another facility or right where they are. You get what you pay for, so what we get are hospital visits that are expensive and sometimes unnecessary.— Secretary Alex Azar (@SecAzar) February 14, 2019
The #ET3 payment model announced today will change these incentives, helping patients get the right care, at the right price, in the right place, from the right provider. That’s what value-based healthcare looks like, and this model will help us get there. https://t.co/DkVIXVa9Qb pic.twitter.com/OYtUJyRP8o— Secretary Alex Azar (@SecAzar) February 14, 2019