Innovative models of payment and care delivery are increasingly being used to expand access, improve quality, and reduce medical costs. Although traditional fee-for-service medicine favors doing more than is necessary, newer payment models aim to realign incentives to decrease utilization and increase efficiency. However, little consideration has been given to how fee-for-service reimbursement in out-of-hospital care limits the ability of emergency medical services (EMS) to provide more patient-centered care and reduce downstream health care costs.
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