EMS Insider

Welcome, subscribers and fans of the EMS Insider -- the newsletter that reaches top-level EMS decision-makers and provides strategic information on the EMS profession.

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Latest Activity: Nov 6, 2015

New Editor, Same Standards

We recently said goodbye to Editor Jennifer Doyle, who took over as editor of the EMS Insider when founding editor Mannie Garza retired after 21 amazing years of service to EMS in journalism and the EMS community.

We are pleased to introduce Teresa McCallion, EMT-B to the Insider team. Teresa lives in Bonney Lake, Wash., where she works as a freelance journalist and serves as a volunteer EMT for East Pierce Fire and Rescue. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, working as a newspaper reporter and weekly automotive newspaper columnist. Teresa has extensive experience in fire/EMS media and community relations, and has written about public safety issues for a variety of magazines and journals. She earned a BA in communication from Gonzaga University.

Teresa and the rest of the Insider team will post news and tips here. We'll also start discussion threads on controversies and priority issues that matter to you -- the manager/supervisor. Join in!

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EMS Discussion Forum

Have you heard about ACOs? 1 Reply

I'm not hearing much discussion about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in EMS land, but this new, mandated, integrated health care delivery model is going rock our world. The Federal government…Continue

Last reply by Todd Brumfield Aug 22, 2011.

EMS Agenda for the Future: 4 Components of a Thriving Workforce

The EMS Agenda for the Future has been released, and it says there are four key components for a thriving workforce. These include health, safety and wellness; education and certification;  data and…Continue

Tags: Future, the, for, Agenda, EMS

Started by Jennifer Berry Aug 19, 2011.

Changes in Ambulance Billing & Reimbursements

If you thought the federal government was underfunding ambulance transport services in the past, brace yourself to receive even less. A new way of calculating the Ambulance Inflation Factor (AIF)…Continue

Tags: Medicare reimbursement, Medicare fee schedule, ambulance inflation factor, AIR, medicare

Started by Jennifer Berry Jun 27, 2011.

Is the move to private equity firms a bad thing for U.S. ambulance companies? 2 Replies

In the May issue of EMS Insider, Editor Teresa McCallion's article "Changing Hands" discussed how…Continue

Tags: LifeStar, Ambulance, Care, AMR, Rural/Metro

Last reply by Gary Walter May 19, 2011.

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Comment by Erich M. Weldon on August 22, 2011 at 11:58pm

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Comment by Jennifer Berry on August 19, 2011 at 6:42pm

Can Tulsa Fire Department save Tulsa money if awarded the city's EMS contract? EMSA says "no."

Comment by Jennifer Doyle on February 17, 2011 at 12:58pm

A Lead Federal Agency for EMS? Read the story at...

Comment by Jennifer Doyle on December 6, 2010 at 9:23pm
Looking for Your Best Cost-Saving Tips!

With the new year upon us and the economy still in a slump, I thought it would be great to share in the January EMS Insider some of the cost-saving measures EMS agencies have initiated that have proven effective. I would love to share with our readers your best cost-saving solutions. They need not be complicated and could involve any aspect of your operation: utilities/facilities, communications, admin/office expenses, supply/disposables, fuel/fleet, billing, health care premiums, scheduling/overtime, training, insurance/risk management, DME/maintenance, etc.

A short description (paragraph or two) would suffice; however, any specific data you can provide would be great (i.e., putting XX out to bid saved our organization $X or X% over the course of the year, etc.) Please include your name, title, organization and city/state.

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, so please don't be shy! I will of course credit you and your organization and will make sure you receive a copy of the issue. If you're interested in contributing, I'll need all input by Monday, December 13. Please send all responses to me off-list at

Best regards,
Jennifer Doyle
Editor, EMS Insider
Comment by Jennifer Berry on November 19, 2010 at 2:31pm
Check out "Feds Focus on Helicopter EMS Growth & Safety" from the November issue at
Comment by Jennifer Doyle on October 12, 2010 at 5:26pm
'Dire outcomes predicted for municipal pension systems'

In a new report issued today by the Kellogg School, economists estimate an additional $574 billion in unfunded liabilities from pension plans at the city and county levels.

The paper, “The Crisis in Local Government Pensions in the United States,” is co-authored by Joshua Rauh of the Kellogg School and Robert Novy-Marx of the University of Rochester. In this latest study, Rauh and Novy-Marx calculate the aggregate unfunded liabilities and forecast the number of years assets will last for 77 defined pension plans sponsored by 50 major U.S. cities and counties. The sample represented all non-state municipal entities with more than $1 billion in pension assets, covering 2.04 million local public employees and retirees. Rauh will present the paper at the Brookings Institution on Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C. ...

Read the press release at:

Read the report at:
Comment by Jennifer Doyle on October 7, 2010 at 2:14pm
FAA Proposes Comprehensive New Helicopter Safety Rules

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today proposed broad new rules for helicopter operators, including air ambulances, which, if finalized, would require stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications and training, and additional on-board safety equipment. ...

Read the press release at

I will cover this in the November issue of EMS Insider.
Comment by Jim Cole on September 16, 2010 at 7:05pm
THE organization for those who are in EMS management and leadership! A life and career changing conference. I hope you can make it. I'll be attending.
Comment by Jennifer Doyle on August 9, 2010 at 11:22am
Lifeline and ReviveR AED Battery Packs Recalled

Defibtech is recalling certain battery packs used in Lifeline and ReviveR automatic external defibrillators (AED). These battery packs may cause the AED to inappropriately cancel the charge and be unable to deliver therapy. The company has received four malfunction reports from AED users.

This recall affects DBP-2800 battery packs shipped before June 4, 2007. The affected packs have serial numbers between 202001005 and 202005916 or between 206001001 and 206009871.

Anyone who has a Lifeline or ReviveR AED should check the battery pack's serial number and contact the company if it is affected by the recall. Defibtech will be sending corrective software to users who have affected battery packs.

In the meantime, the company says the AED can be kept in service until the software update card is received. But make sure there is a backup battery pack or a backup AED available. If your AED cancels a shock during a rescue and shuts down with service code 1003, replace the battery pack and continue with the rescue. Read the FDA Safety Alert at
Comment by Jennifer Doyle on June 23, 2010 at 11:13am
Watch National EMS Memorial Service Live Online this Saturday

According to NEMSMS, the webcast will begin at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Saturday June, 26, 2010. View it at

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