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CAAS Announces Accreditation Seminar

CAAS Accreditation Seminar
Don't Gamble with Quality and Performance
November 26, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Caesars Palace Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Learn How To:

  • Plan and budget for accreditation
  • Recognize and maximize the value of accreditation in an uncertain economy
  • Motivate staff for accreditation
  • Understand and apply CAAS standards to your organization
  • Prepare your application
  • Develop application documentation
  • Learn how to use the paperless submission process
  • Review the updates to the new CAAS v3.0 standards

Course Description
This full-day seminar held in conjunction with the AAA Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV  is the ideal forum to assist you in planning for your accreditation or re-accreditation using the CAAS Gold Standards. It will provide a detailed overview of the application process and clearly define what can be expected throughout. Faculty will address the benefits and value of accreditation and identify ways in which you can increase operational and clinical performance, reduce risk and liability, and maximize your market potential as a result.  The version 3.0 standards will be explained in detail, and the new paperless submission process will be clearly explained.  The interactive format provides an opportunity to share ideas and best practices and receive expert answers to all your most important accreditation questions.  Course books and materials are provided as part of the registration fee.

Registered attendees will also receive $350 worth of free bonus materials, including sample documents, the CAAS Standards Guide (a $25 value), the CAAS

Application Package (a $100 value) and access to the online Accreditation On Demand Seminar Series, so you can share your learning experince with your employees when you return (a $225 value.)

Who Should Attend
CAAS accreditation is open to all types of EMS agencies providing ground medical transport. The practical information provided in this course will save hours of preparation time, answer questions, and assist managers, QI supervisors, or other designated accreditation coordinators to plan and execute an effective accreditation program within their own agency.

Course Agenda

  1. Section 1- Introduction/ Course Objectives/ CAAS Overview/ History/ CAAS Organizational Structure/ Reasons Why an Ambulance Service Should be Accredited/ Accredited Agencies/ Value of Accreditation/ CAAS Accreditation Beyond the EMS Community/ Questions and Answers
  2. Section 2- Why Seek Accreditation/ Internal and External Benefits of Accreditation/ Planning for Your Accreditation/ Assessing and Preparing Your Team/ Educating Your Staff, Officials and Others/ Challenges of a Union Workforce/ Policy and Procedure Development and Implementation/ Legal/ Questions and Answers
  3. Section 3- Meeting the Standards/ Organization/ Inter-Agency Relations/ Management/ Financial Management/ Community Relations and Public Affairs/ Human Resources/ Clinical Standards/ Safe Operations and Managing Risk/ Equipment and Facilities/ Communications/ Best Practices/ Questions and Answers
  4. Section 4- Completing the Application/ Agency Documentation/The Submission Process/Paperless vs Traditional Submissions/ Preparing for the Off Site Review/ Preparing for the On Site Review/ Panel of Commissioners/ Granting of Accreditation, Denials and Appeals/ Annual Updates and Reaccreditation Process/ Addressing Organizational Changes/ Celebrating Your Success/ Promoting Your Accreditation/ Questions and Answers

Registration fees are $425.00 for a single registration or $375.00 each for multiple registrations from the same company. Registration fee includes course materials (CAAS standards and application), continental breakfast, and coffee breaks. Lunch is on your own. In addition, attendees will also recieve free bonus materials, including: sample documents, the CAAS Standards Guide (a $25 value), the CAAS Application Package (a $100 value) and access to our online CAAS Accreditation Webinar series (a $225 value), so you can  review program materials after the seminar, and share your learning experience with your staff.  To assist CAAS in planning and preparation, please register by November 12, 2012 .  Prompt registration is encouraged as class size will be limited. Fill out the Seminar Registration Form.

PLEASE NOTE:  The CAAS Seminar is a separate seminar held in conjunction with the AAA Convention and is a separate registration process from the AAA. To register for the AAA National Reimbusement Workshop, please visit the AAA Convention and TradeShow Website.

Hotel Reservations
The CAAS seminar is being held in conjunction with the AAA Annual Conference and Trade Show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

A limited number of rooms have been secured at Caesars for AAA and CAAS attendees. The discounted rate of $173* is applicable on a space available basis until Friday, October 19, 2012, or until the room block is full.
*Be sure to mention you are attending the American Ambulance Association (rather than AAA) to receive the special rate for Single/Double occupancy (currently state local & occupancy taxes are 12%)

Reserve your room online now by clicking below. Group code is: SCAAA2


Or call Caesars at 866-227-5944 to reserve your room and reference American Ambulance Association Convention & Tradeshow.


Caesar's Palace is conveniently located a few minutes away from Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport.  Shuttle and Taxi service is readily available outside of the baggage claim area. 

The AAA has negotiated airfare discounts with several major airlines.  For more information, please visit the AAA Annual Convention website at http://www.the-aaa.org/default.asp?contentID=396

Seminar Presenter

Sarah McEntee is the executive director for CAAS and is responsible for overall direction and managment of the accreditation process..  Prior to her appointment, she was program director for the New England EMS Institute in Manchester, N.H.  A career paramedic since 1989, Sarah has over 23 years of clinical and leadership experience with hospital-based, commercial and municipal EMS systems. Sarah has previously served as clinical consultant and project manager for EMS providers nationwide, and served as an active CAAS site reviewer for nearly ten years prior to her appointment as executive director.  Sarah routinely presents at EMS and other healthcare conferences and continues to promote quality in the EMS industry.


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