Medicare To Allow Ambulances To Take Patients To Urgent Care, Doctors’ Offices Instead Of Emergency Room
This may draw some concern from people but remember its just a pilot program and will actually affect people that have Fee-For-Service Medicare only.
read the Article from Kaiser Health News…
“A payment system that only pays first responders to take people to the hospital creates the wrong incentive,” said Adam Boehler, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. For now, the change is just part of a pilot program, but if it’s expanded nationwide it could save Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will conduct an experiment on a new payment model for Medicare to create new incentives on emergency transport and care. The model would apply to Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. Currently Medicare pays for ambulance services to take patients to an emergency room, which Trump administration officials say hinders creation of a value-based system. “A payment system that only pays first responders to take people to the hospital creates the wrong incentive,” said Adam Boehler, director of CMMI, at an event at a Washington, D.C., fire station on Thursday. “That leads to unnecessary ER visits and hospitalizations and ultimately that harms patients.” (King, 2/14)