Wednesday - July 24 - 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Earlier this year, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation created quite a stir with its announcement of the Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) program. After decades of efforts by the EMS community, ET3 marks a potentially transformational shift in how Medicare reimburses EMS. The five-year pilot program will reimburse a small number of agencies for transports to an urgent care or primary care office, rather than only an emergency department. It will also pay for treatment on scene without a transport as well as nurse triage in the 911 center. But the select few services chosen to participate will also be required to perform intensive data collection and monitoring, and reimbursement will depend to some extent on meeting certain quality metrics. What ET3 truly means for EMS and the patients we serve will become clearer this summer when CMS releases the request for applications and provides more details about how the program will work. In this session, hear from two leaders who have been leaders in the effort to transform EMS. Brenda Staffan is chief operating officer for integrated services with the Regional EMS Authority in Reno, Nevada, where she oversees the community health programs that served as the initial CMS pilot program on alternative payment models for EMS. Vince Robbins serves as chair of the National EMS Advisory Council and is president and CEO of Monoc in New Jersey.