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HHS will test paying ambulances for trips to alternative sites, telemedicine
Modern Healthcare

HHS will test allowing ambulance suppliers and providers to transport Medicare and Medicaid patients to areas besides the emergency room, such as a doctor’s office or urgent care facility, or use telemedicine, in a bid to reduce unnecessary trips to the hospital.

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.