Ambulance The Trump administration has said that only allowing Medicare to pay for patients to be taken by ambulance to an emergency room “hinders creation of a value-based system.” (Photo: Shutterstock)

The department of Health and Human Services is planning a test—allowing ambulances to take patients to destinations other than hospitals to try to cut down on unnecessary hospital trips.

Modern Healthcare reports that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation plans to let patients be taken to urgent care centers or doctors’ offices by ambulance suppliers and providers—or even to allow the use of telemedicine—and still get paid by Medicare. According to the report, the model would apply to Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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