Make no mistake, reform is coming to EMS! Federal health care reform is one factor driving changes in EMS, but there are many other factors affecting the future of emergency health care delivery that aren’t getting as much press attention even though their impact is at least as important. This post is an attempt not to repeat what others have said but to place it all in context with references to some of the best articles I have found on the topic.
A recent meeting sponsored by the DHHS, the ASPR, the EMS industry, and attended by other key industry players including the FDA and drug manufacturers/suppliers showed that the problems are due to a diverse manufacturing demand on a production capacity incapable of meeting those demands. The important thing is where we go next.
I have read the positions stating that calls for emergency services are completely randomÂ (justifying the reason they are often called â€œaccidentsâ€)Â and therefore not able to be predicted. But bothÂ academic literatureÂ andÂ practical experienceÂ show that demand prediction can be an effective tool in helping to balance scarce resourcesÂ (ambulances and their trained crews)Â with public demandÂ (requests for emergency responses even […]
A recent article at JEMS.com onÂ EMS System AbuseÂ told of examples of â€œfrequent flyersâ€ (that is non-emergency patients requesting multiple transports by EMS agencies on a fairly regular basis) many of which would be amusing if they werenâ€™t so sad. The author offered up that while it is a serious practice of abuse by the public, […]
The world of the EMS provider is changing. Whether you call it EMS 2.0 or Next Generation 911, it is no longer enough to simply do a good job resulting in positive clinical outcomes for patients. Increasing budget pressures require that these quality services be maintained while providing them within a context of higher economic […]