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A new rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that takes effect Jan. 1 substantially increases the burdens on ambulance providers to comply with the Medicare beneficiary signature requirement. The new rule treats emergency and nonemergency transports differently and also includes slightly different requirements for ambulance services reimbursed under Medicare Part A and those reimbursed under Part B.
Administration and Leadership

TACOMA, Wash. -- Last Wednesday, an elderly woman was taken to Tacoma General Hospital after a fall.Doctors didn't find any broken bones, and the woman was released from the hospital that day.While that was certainly good news for the woman and her family, her visit had broader significance.The woman was the 10,000th person treated by the Tacoma Trauma Center since the service started in June 2000.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

The call comes in about midnight. The spring air is crisp as the bay door grumbles, then lifts itself obediently out of your way. You haven't turned a wheel since supper. The Big Diesel coughs, clears its throat, growls for a moment, then roars as your ambulance glides onto the apron and makes a right turn. You're on your way to a mobile home park on„11th Ave. You recognize the space number as the residence of an elderly woman who calls about twice a month with a complaint of chest pain.
Airway & Respiratory

Review of: National Association of EMS Physicians. "The Role of EMS in the Management of Acute Stroke: Triage, Treatment and Stroke Systems." Prehospital Emergency Care. 11:312, 2007.The ScienceThis week I present to you a position paper from the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) that addresses the role of EMS in the treatment of stroke victims. The position paper is followed by two resource documents that provide the scientific foundation for the position paper. The position paper states the following;
Airway & Respiratory

Review of: National Association of EMS Physicians. "The Role of EMS in the Management of Acute Stroke: Triage, Treatment and Stroke Systems." Prehospital Emergency Care. 11:312, 2007.The ScienceThis week I present to you a position paper from the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) that addresses the role of EMS in the treatment of stroke victims. The position paper is followed by two resource documents that provide the scientific foundation for the position paper. The position paper states the following;
Cardiac & Resuscitation

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The first medical call to the city of Riverside's 911 center last week came from a person who thought he was suffering a heart attack.The dispatcher sized up the emergency, sent paramedics and then read instructions to the victim from a computer screen.Since Dec. 20, Riverside has received 104 calls to its new service that provides assistance in medical emergencies, said program coordinator John Peurifoy, who is also one of Riverside's fire engineers.
Administration and Leadership

Like most people, I do my share of complaining. When I go too far I'm reminded that I've actually been dealt a pretty good hand. I've had the good fortune to see something of the world, and to do so without being too much of an American and giving our nation a black eye.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- A fire truck heading to an emergency medical call with sirens blaring Wednesday morning crashed into a market on Wickham Avenue after swerving to avoid a sport utility vehicle in its path."The (fire) engine was on an emergency response... and all warning devices were operable," said Newport News Deputy Fire Chief Scott Liebold."The SUV approached the same intersection. Both drivers tried to avoid one another."
Administration and Leadership

Like most people, I do my share of complaining. When I go too far I'm reminded that I've actually been dealt a pretty good hand. I've had the good fortune to see something of the world, and to do so without being too much of an American and giving our nation a black eye.
Administration and Leadership

SEATTLE -- The concept of "women's work" might have gone the way of hoop skirts and petticoats, but when it comes to nursing, women are still holding down more than 90 percent of the jobs.Though men make up only about 6 percent of registered nurses, trends at the college and university level indicate that slow and steady change is happening, one enrollment slot at a time.Locally, 11 percent of undergraduate nursing students at Seattle University are men, and men make up 14 percent of the same group at the University of Washington.