CMS Releases Updated ET3 Details

Earlier this week, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) released updated details on their much anticipated model policy – the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) program. The IAFC is excited for the ET3 program to launch in 2020 and for the new reimbursement opportunities that it will provide for fire/EMS agencies which either treat patients on-scene or transport them to alternative destinations such as an urgent care clinic. In addition to funding these new treatment options, the ET3 program also will provide funding to assist up to 40 jurisdictions in establishing a nurse triage line in their 911 call center.

In general, the ET3 program is open to any enrolled Medicare ambulance supplier or provider. While there will be some constraints how patients must be treated, participating agencies will generally be allowed to develop their own programs and approaches. IAFC members are encouraged to review the frequently asked questions (FAQ) document which CMMI has released.

In addition to the FAQ document, CMMI also released their Request for Applications (pdf). This document details what information will be needed from participants and how the ET3 program will be managed. CMMI plans to accept applications this summer and notify participants of their selection by the fall. For more information on the application process, please see the newly released RFA (pdf).

Anyone interested in learning more about ET3 is encouraged to attend Fire-Rescue Med 2019 which will be held in Henderson, Nevada, June 3-7.

Evan Davis is the IAFC's government relations strategic manager and liaison to the EMS Section.

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