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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.
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.
Reviewing past employment & background checks are critical.
Document provides a framework for developing a strategy that proactively informs the entire practice of EMS within an agency.
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.
The strategy for a new EMS culture of safety will encompass all aspects of EMS.
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.
Comments are due by March 14.
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?
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.
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.
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.
New NFPA 1917 ambulance standards draw both support and criticism.
Three of the grants awarded had an EMS component, and each involve a version of the community paramedic.
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.
Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool is now available.
Controversy continues regarding whether paramedics should practice prehospital endotracheal intubation.
Peter Lawrence, a national authority on ambulance billing, predicts outcome of divisive debate.
National Labor Relations Board issues new report on unlawful practices for social media sites.
It's important to discover the truth behind disinfectants before you use them.