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July 20, 2016
EMS Live in Wisconsin Podcast
Using the backboard less. EMT re-licensing period concluded June 30
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During our streamed EMS Live in Wisconsin podcast on Tuesday, July 12 our guests included EMS medical director and author Dr. Keith Wesley on selective c-spine immobilization, and State of Wisconsin EMS Licensing Manager Helen Pullen with an update on the recent statewide EMT re-licensing period that concluded June 30.Don't miss a beat of the action - listen to EMS Live in Wisconsin.
July 7, 2016
EMS Live in Wisconsin Podcast
By Joe Covelli, PAAW Executive Director
most recent EMS Live in Wisconsin podcast regarded EMS regionalization,
a topic that has been discussed over the years, but may get new
traction with the recent emergence of an appointed legislative council.
The council, which was created under authority of the Wisconsin
Legislature, is charged with studying the volunteer firefighter and EMT
shortages. Their first meeting is Tuesday, July 26, with additional
meetings scheduled monthly until the end of the year. >> Click to see who's on the Study Committee.
1992, and again in 1996, a legislative council was convened to study
the EMT shortage. The Wisconsin EMS Advisory Board was tasked with
writing a report and offering recommendations. The study and report
took six months to write and was delivered on-time to the Wisconsin EMS
Bureau. The Board's recommendation centered around EMS
regionalization. Does EMS regionalization present a solution today? >> Find out by listening to this podcast.
Our podcast guests included Gold Cross Ambulance Executive Director Mark Fredrickson and Dr. Marv Birnbaum, a longtime advocate for EMS regionalization.
>> Click here to listen now.
June 29, 2016
EMT and First Responder State License Renewal Deadline is June 30
If you'll miss the June 30 deadline you can still re-certify by paying a modest late fee
The 2016 - 2018 Provider License Renewal application for the current two-year biennium is quickly coming to a close as it concludes on June 30. If you do not renew your EMT or First Responder license by then with the State of Wisconsin EMS Office, you can no longer work on an ambulance, function as an EMS provider or provide patient care.
A person acting or advertising as an EMT or First Responder without a license or certificate issued by the department or without appropriate credentialing may be subject to department action under sub ch. V or s.256.15 (11) (c), (d), or(f), Stats., as applicable."
Any application received after June 30, will be considered a late renewal under DHS 110.09(1): "An individual may renew a license or certificate that has been expired for less than 6 months by applying to the department for license or certificate renewal as specified under s.DHS 110.07 and submitting the late renewal fee ($50.00)specified under s.DHS 110.16 (1).
To listen to a podcast interview with State of Wisconsin EMS Licensing Coordinator Helen Pullen, >> click here.
For more information,contact the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Section, 1 West Wilson Street, PO Box 2659, Madison WI 53701-2659, phone 608.266.1568,or go online to http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/ems/.
June 27, 2016
Patrick Ryan elected to Secretary Position with Fire & EMS Legislative Leadership Coalition
Patrick Ryan of Madison was recently named secretary of the Wisconsin Fire & EMS Legislative Leadership Coalition.
The Coalition is made up of nine statewide public sector groups and state associations that represent all components and facets of fire and emergency medical service interests. Since 1996 the group has educated and advised policy makers on hundreds of legislative initiatives. Coalition members represent 40,000 chief officers, firefighters, EMTs, emergency services educators, fire inspectors and arson investigators.
Ryan is president and co-owner of Ryan Brothers Ambulance based in Madison, and also president of the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin.June 20, 2016
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades passes away
Secretary Rhoades was a strong advocate for EMS
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades died Saturday in Madison after falling ill last week, Governor Scott Walker announced.
Rhoades became the Department of Health Services secretary in February 2013. Before joining the health agency in January 2011 as its deputy secretary, Rhoades represented the Hudson area as its Assembly representative from 1999 until 2010. She was co-chairwoman of the powerful Joint Finance Committee is 2007 and 2008.
According to PAAW Executive Director Joe Covelli, "Secretary Rhoades was a friend and strong advocate for emergency medical services for 17 years. She could fluently discuss the issues. One of her sons is a volunteer first responder in Minnesota, and through him she felt a connection to EMS".
When serving as Assembly representative, Rhoades was credited with leading the single paramedic legislative effort in the early 2000's. The eventual law allowed municipalities the option to staff one paramedic per ambulance, not two as was required back then. "I recall our conversations about this and how she told me she wasn't giving up this fight to help rural Wisconsin residents get paramedic level care", according to Covelli. He added, "Once the single paramedic bill became law, she shared with me her Assembly counterparts gave her the nickname "bulldog", because she didn't give up on this issue. Her devotion to state government and interest in advocating for EMS will be missed". (Picture insert: Then DHS Deputy Secretary Kitty Rhoades welcomes Stars of Life honorees to the State Capitol in October 2011).
Rhoades, 65 years old and a native of Hudson leaves behind a husband and three adult sons.
June 14, 2016
EMS Live in Wisconsin Podcast
Community Paramedicine expanding at Milwaukee Fire Dept.
New partnership announced with Children's Community Health Plan
This EMS Live in Wisconsin podcast was streamed live on Tuesday, June 14.
Milwaukee Fire Department has positioned Community Paramedicine (CP) as a means to be proactive and address its high-utilizer population. They've focused on committing MFD resources and continuum of patient care, but it hasn't come without its challenges. In developing their Community Paramedicine program, they have done a remarkable job in creating partnerships in areas they needed expertise, resources and data. We learned details in how they directly included pharmacy in their care program, and announced a new initiative with Children's Community Health Plan.
Captain Michael Wright and his counter-parts at MFD have championed CP concepts, while staying in their scope of practice, and continue to lay the ground work for others to consider.
June 3, 2016
Wisconsin EMS Office announces listening sessions
The State of Wisconsin EMS Office will be offering Listening Sessions across the state beginning in June, with additional dates and locations to be announced.
According to Wisconsin EMS Director James Newlun in an email sent to providers, "We would like to get your input on what is working, what is not and suggested improvements that can help meet our mission ...to ensure that the highest quality and standards of pre-hospital emergency medical care is available to all citizens of and visitors to Wisconsin".
The first Listening Session will take place on June 20th in Shawano. It will be held in the Community Room of the Shawano City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer Street, Shawano, WI 54166. >> Click for agenda.
The next Listening Session will take place on June 27th in Fennimore. This one will be held in Rooms 492-493 Southwest Technical College (SWTC) 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809. >> Click for agenda.
Three more Listening Sessions are planned in other locations with dates to be announced.
June 3, 2016
Standby for Tones Blog
Marcy and Deanna
The officer meets us in the garage, and fills us in. It’s my partner, the medic student I’m precepting today, and myself.
The patient inside is 96 years old and fell around noon. It’s nearly 4pm now, and the officer is concerned about not just the skin tear on the elbow after the fall, he’s concerned about the heat of the house’s interior. He’s worried the patient may have dehydration issues. He tells us that the patient’s wife is a resident of a local nursing home and he always goes to see her at 12:30pm. Every day. For the entire four years since she became a resident there. Today, 12:30 came and went and he did not appear. Staff members became concerned, and went to the house. The officer got them inside, and together the three of them discovered our patient on the floor.
We enter the garage and make our way past the large four door mid 1980s sedan parked sedately inside. Winding our way past paneled walls, we climb the three stairs from the finished garage stall to the vintage kitchen. Spotless. Everything our eyes touch, from the countertops and cabinets of the kitchen, to the antiquated appliances and on into the bedspread visible through the doorway off the kitchen – every single thing is pristine, and centered. Meticulously up kept. Winding our way past more paneling to the front living room of the shotgun home, we find our patient.
And Marcy. And Deanna. >> Click to read more.
"Standby for Tones" is a monthly blog written by Crystal Wallin, a La Crosse paramedic. Her stories, written from real life events, bring to light the human experience in having an EMS career and work life. >> Click to read Crystal's blog.
May 25, 2016
HIPAA Compliance: What's changed?
During the EMS Live in Wisconsin podcast on Tuesday, May 24, our guest was Jeff Grady, Senior Director with Three Pillars Security Solutions in Madison.
>> Click to listen to this podcast.
HIPAA compliance has moved well past simply handing the patient a HIPAA brochure explaining their rights and getting a signature. HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Conducting a periodic HIPAA Security Risk Analysis is definitely a required mandate of HIPAA compliance for ambulance services as the organization and its employees and volunteers come in contact with ePHI (electronic patient health information).
The developing best practice is to complete a Security Risk Analysis on an annual basis (or after any significant change in your technology environment) due to some relatively recent pronouncements that apply to those organizations who need to comply with ‘meaningful use’ reporting requirements. As an example, a clinic in Janesville, Wisconsin received a pre-audit HIPPA letter, dated May 25, 2016, from the Department of Health and Human Services. >> Click to read the letter they received from HHS.
Some of the questions discussed, include:
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Community Paramedicine Legislation
MABAS/WI Liability Protection Statute 893.80
State Medicaid Reimbursement & MTM
Recognize Do-Not-Resuscitate Pendant
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Reducing pediatric anxiety during care and transport
UW Health, Madison
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Josh Thibault, J&B Medical
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