Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model
The Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model is a voluntary, 5-year payment model that will provide greater flexibility to ambulance care teams to address emergency healthcare needs of Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) beneficiaries following a 911 call. The model is designed to correct misaligned incentives and has the potential to improve the quality of care and lower costs to Medicare by reducing avoidable transports to the hospital ED and potentially reducing avoidable inpatient admissions.
The ET3 Model will test 2 new Medicare payments to participants:
- Payment for ambulance transport of Medicare FFS beneficiaries to alternative destinations not currently covered by Medicare
- Payment for treatment in place where appropriate, rendered by a qualified healthcare practitioner at the scene of a 911 emergency response or via telehealth
Additional ET3 funding is available to state and local governments and other eligible entities through the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model – Medical Triage Line program.
Model participants will be Medicare-enrolled ambulance suppliers and hospital-based ambulance providers that meet the criteria described in the application instructions.
An illustration of possible ET3 payment scenarios is provided in Table 2 of the application instructions.
The ET3 model will have a 5-year performance period with an anticipated start date in January 2020.
For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.