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The Perfect Storm for Increased EMS Scrutiny

How to be transparent and cost-effective.

Posted Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Tracking Medication Errors: A Systems Approach

Although statistics on the number of in-the-field medication errors are lacking, EMS providers and administrators know they exist. In this article, Teresa McCallion details the efforts of Sedgwick County EMS leaders to identify and reduce medication errors.

Posted Friday, October 4, 2013

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Establishing EMS Performance Measures

Recently, California became the first state to establish a statewide, standardized set of core performance measures that will be used to examine an EMS system and evaluate the treatment of an identified patient condition.

Posted Monday, August 26, 2013

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Recommendations for Improving Employee Hiring Practices

Reviewing past employment & background checks are critical.

Posted Friday, July 19, 2013

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Creating an EMS Culture of Safety

Document provides a framework for developing a strategy that proactively informs the entire practice of EMS within an agency.

Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rural/Metro Reduces Administrative Workforce in Company-wide Realignment

A recent realignment of nationwide field operations at Rural/Metro Corporation has led to the consolation of four zones into three. As a result of the realignment, 90 Rural/Metro administrative and corporate employees were laid off April 16.

Posted Friday, May 3, 2013

Recommendations for Creating an EMS Culture of Safety

The strategy for a new EMS culture of safety will encompass all aspects of EMS.

Posted Friday, May 3, 2013

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Using “CPIs” to Help Prevent Legal Troubles

With Medicare and Medicaid audits, investigations, overpayment recoveries and other enforcement activity reaching an all-time high, EMS managers must add a new set of metrics to their tool kit: compliance benchmarking.

Posted Monday, April 15, 2013

Food & Drug Administration Drug Shortages Task Force & Strategic Plan Requests Comments

Comments are due by March 14.

Posted Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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Clinical Benchmarks That Matter

In the face of growing evidence that response times don't matter as much as we once thought, what clinical metrics should we be using to evaluate the quality of an EMS system?

Posted Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mark Bruning Steps Down as AMR President

American Medical Response Inc. (AMR) announced the departure of president Mark Bruning, effective Jan. 14. William A. Sanger, chief executive officer (CEO) of AMR’s parent company, Emergency Medical Services Corporation, has stepped in as interim president.

Posted Saturday, February 23, 2013

Feds Make Sweeping Changes to HIPAA Privacy & Security Rules

The recent changes in the HIPAA privacy and security rules will require EMS agencies to step up compliance efforts, particularly in the areas of training and electronic security.

Posted Saturday, February 23, 2013

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How EMS Agencies Can Benefit from Healthcare Reform

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim focuses on three dimensions: the health of a defined population, the experience of an individual and the reduction in per-capita healthcare cost. This article takes a look at EMS organizations making strides in each area.

Posted Saturday, February 23, 2013

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New NFPA 1917 Ambulance Standards Released

New NFPA 1917 ambulance standards draw both support and criticism.

Posted Thursday, November 29, 2012

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CMS Innovation Grant Recipients Share Secrets

Three of the grants awarded had an EMS component, and each involve a version of the community paramedic.

Posted Thursday, October 18, 2012

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Healthcare Reform Seen as Unparalleled Opportunity for EMS

The landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) could be a watershed moment.

Posted Friday, August 17, 2012

Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool Available

Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool is now available.

Posted Monday, July 30, 2012

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Experts Discuss Innovative Approaches to Intubation

Controversy continues regarding whether paramedics should practice prehospital endotracheal intubation.

Posted Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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Expert Offers Advice on EMS Reimbursement Changes

Peter Lawrence, a national authority on ambulance billing, predicts outcome of divisive debate.

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012

National Labor Relations Board Issues New Report on Social Media

National Labor Relations Board issues new report on unlawful practices for social media sites.

Posted Monday, June 4, 2012

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