The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is urging its members to take immediate action so your U.S. House Representative signs onto a “Dear Colleague” letter urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to reimburse EMS for treatment in place (TIP) and telehealth facilitation.
The deadline for House Representatives to sign on is June 24.
Historically, CMS does not provide any reimbursement to EMS when a patient is not transported to a hospital. However, TIP can be the most appropriate patient care of low acuity Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and can reduce strain on the overall healthcare system.
CMS also needs to directly reimburse EMS for facilitating emergency telehealth consultations. The current CMS interim final rule leaves it up to the individual physician to reimburse EMS for facilitation services.
Reimbursement for TIP and facilitating telehealth consultations can help mitigate some of the financial burden EMS agencies are experiencing now and into the future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saving jobs and essential emergency medical services across communities.
Correction: This article has been updated to indicate the message came from The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), not the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). JEMS regrets the error.