Hospital at Home — some interesting things happening this month related to medical transportation
Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model (Fierce Healthcare): Under the ET3 model Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will pay participating ambulance suppliers and providers for non-emergency room transports. Payments will be provided if treatment is provided in place (can be through telehealth) or transport is provided to an alternate destination (primary care doctor or urgent care clinic). The model aims to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and reduce the cost of avoidable hospitalizations. Check out the fact sheet here.
Lyft will provide non-emergency medical transport, NEMT (Business Insider): Some BCBS and Humana memebers enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans will now be able to use Lyft for NEMT. Why? Transport is a barrier of care for older men and women and results in 36 million missed medical appointments in the US alone. Read more on transportation as a barrier in this research review.