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Community Emergency Medical Technician (CEMT) Services

Revised: 09-25-2017

Overview

Effective January 1, 2017, the Minnesota legislature enacted into law the new provider type community emergency medical technician (CEMT) to meet the health care needs of recipients within the first 24 to 48 hours of being discharged from a hospital or nursing home or for safe home checks due to multiple calls for assistance at their home.

Eligible Providers

Emergency medical technicians who meet the following may enroll as CEMT providers:

  • • Are currently certified as an emergency medical technician (EMT) or advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT)
  • • Have two years of service as an EMT or AEMT
  • • Successfully complete an education program that includes education in providing culturally appropriate care
  • • Complete an Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) application form
  • Currently, Hennepin Technical College is offering the CEMT program.

    Eligible Recipients

    MHCP members are eligible for CEMT services if they have:

  • • Recently been discharged from an inpatient stay in a hospital
  • • Recently been discharged from a nursing home
  • • Made repeated calls for assistance at their homes
  • Covered Services

    Post- Discharge Visit
    The recipient’s primary care provider orders the post discharge visit. The visit must be documented in the recipient’s care plan.

    Included components:

  • • Provide verbal or visual reminders of discharge orders
  • • Recording and reporting of vital signs to the patient’s primary care provider
  • • Medication access confirmation
  • • Food access confirmation
  • • Identification of home hazards
  • Safe Home Evaluation Visit
    The recipient’s primary care provider coordinates and is responsible for ordering the CEMT services. The order must be documented in the recipient’s care plan.

  • Circumstances that may trigger a safe home evaluation visit are:
  • • Repeat ambulance calls due to falls
  • • Individuals identified by primary care provider as at risk for nursing home placement
  • Included components:
  • • Medication access confirmation
  • • Food access confirmation
  • Identification of home hazards
  • Noncovered Services

    CEMT does not cover the following:

  • • Travel time
  • • Mileage
  • • Services related to hospital-acquired conditions or treatments
  • Billing

    Refer to the MN-ITS User Guide when submitting claims. The DHS-enrolled medical director of the service that employs the CEMTs will bill the CEMT services:

  • • Bill using the 837P
  • • Code T1016 with modifier U4 for a post-discharge visit, max units four
  • • Code T1016 with modifier U5 for a safe home visit, max units four
  • • In 15 minute increments (one unit = 15 minutes)
  • Legal References

    Minnesota Statutes 256B.0625, subd 60a Community Emergency Medical Technician Services
    Minnesota Statutes 144E.275, subd. 3 Medical Response Unit Registration
    Minnesota Statutes 144E.275, subd. 1 Definitions

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