Matt Zavadsky delivers a talk about a hot topic in EMS: advanced practice paramedics.
JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, attends the 2012 EMS Administrator's Association of California conference at the famous Queen Mary Hotel and Conference Center. Zavadsky, director of public affairs for MedStarEMS in Fort Worth, Texas, tells attendees at the 2012 conference about his system's successful use of advance practice paramedics in a formal Community Health Program (CHP).
The program has been successful in reducing EMS system abuse and overuse, hospital and ambulance volume and has brought a new revenue stream to the MedStar system. Watch for a special update in about this and other CHPs in operation in the U.S.