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I try to avoid purely political discussions on this blog, but today is different and that is because the very future of blogs just like this one at are stake. Blogs exist to further discussions and make people think about positions and question their beliefs and practices. This is the power of respectful discussion and dialog. It is literally how we grow intellectually and improve everything we do.

So what does all of this have to do with the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act – HR 3261) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act – Senate 968) legislation being considered in the US Congress? Well, in order to further discussion within the EMS industry (or any other for that matter), it is important to state positions and that may mean quoting statements or using illustrations from others. This is what Galileo once called “standing on the shoulders of giants” when asked how he was able to accomplish so much more than others before him and what the proponents of these bills want to simply call “illegal.” While I make every effort to credit sources in my posts, this legislation would mean that the accusation of impropriety in enough to shut this website down.

Knowledge is a collective endeavor, not personal property. Ideas clearly deserve credit and inventors deserve to profit from their work, but to prevent or impede the sharing and building of collective knowledge at the expense of the greater good is intellectual suicide for any society. Censorship of the web is not a cure for piracy or a solution to patent reform. The unintended consequences are just far too great!  Learn more and let your voice be heard (whatever position you take) once you have become informed.

Sources: Infojustice.org. Protect Innovation, Engine Advocacy, Center for Democracy and Technology, Whitehouse We the People Position, Congresswoman Zoe Lefgre, Wikipedia, Stop American Censorship, Avaaz

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Comments
Jeffrey Hammerstein
Stop Dissing Response Times and Start Dissecting the Argument
I think that the position someone takes on this issue depends entirely on the circumstances of the particular EMS system they have in mind when they consider the question. If we're comparing a 7 minute response time to a 70 minute response time (or infinite as mentioned above), then of course it matters. That's a…
2015-07-03 11:44:45
Dave Shrader
Stop Dissing Response Times and Start Dissecting the Argument
I had meetings recently with a client in an underserved County. They have multiple tax supported volunteer organizations, and a City FD as EMS providers. The system is totally Balkanized with each agency doing it’s own thing. One agency failed to even respond to 66% of its calls last year. So, 66% of the time,…
2015-07-03 08:08:44
Matt Zavadsky
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
This article is spot on - the rapidly changing healthcare finance environment is a game changer for us - IF, and ONLY IF, we can prove that we bring value to the payer... Does our care make a difference in the patient's experience of care, outcome and cost of care... By assessing our patient satisfaction,…
2015-06-17 08:38:01
Steven Lichtenberg
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
The biggest issue in pay scales is one you hit on directly. Payment for service rendered is solely based on transports. Refusals/DNR/DOA etc are not reimbursed. Once Medicare determines that we are in fact medical professionals and not "ambulance drivers" and pays for care rendered we have a chance. Community paramedicine is one mechanism for…
2015-06-16 21:47:53
daleloberger
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
Thank you for making the comment, Kim. I suspect you may have missed my meaning in that statement though. The passionate folks in EMS are some of the hardest working people I know. My complaint is certainly not that "we" don't put enough into our jobs to deserve better pay, it is that we must…
2015-06-16 18:13:18

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