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Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US
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Appreciate anyone who can add to the list of nominees for the largest 5 EMS programs in the U.S. that have "ambulance subscription" programs.  Thanks in advance for your contributions.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Waller Jun 11, 2010.

Treat and No-Transport Charges
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What has been your experience and results in charging for non-transport services (i.e. Treat-and-Release" charges for service?) Specifically, what are your current rates? What is your collection rate…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chance Gearheart Dec 4, 2009.

Study: Uninsured Trauma Patients More Likely to Die than the Insured
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Haven't read it - don't know the science, the limitations, or the level of significance - but AP is running with this. FYI"Uninsured patients with traumatic injuries, such as car crashes, falls and…Continue

Tags: Care, Health, insurance, Health, Trauma

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Carlson, PhD Nov 17, 2009.

 

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Living in the ACA World - Community Paramedicine and other Darwinian Thoughts

The questions come on a daily basis – “Do I reposition my EMS business in the face of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and if so, how?” One of my favorite truisms is ‘the practical function of conventional wisdom is to save one from original thought.’ The banks of the river of conventional wisdom are currently overflowing with the ‘opportunities’ and ‘solutions’ presented by community paramedicine as a response to the post-ACA world. For the record, I am not a nay-sayer, or against community…See More
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Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US

Appreciate anyone who can add to the list of nominees for the largest 5 EMS programs in the U.S. that have "ambulance subscription" programs.  Thanks in advance for your contributions.See More
Jun 16, 2010
Ben Waller replied to Chris Carlson, PhD's discussion Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US
"Savannah MedStar is a hospital based metro (city/county) EMS system operated by Savannah University Memorial Hospital. They are the primary EMS system for Savannah and Chatham County except for the area served by Southside Fire Department EMS. They…"
Jun 11, 2010
Lenny Cunningham replied to Chris Carlson, PhD's discussion Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US
"As an employee of Acadian Ambulance and AirMed services. I think I can shed a little light. We offer a membership that provides a discount on services if rendered. We provide service over 3 states operating almost 300 units a day, 6 rotor craft, 4…"
Jun 10, 2010
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Jun 8, 2010
John Gaines replied to Chris Carlson, PhD's discussion Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US
"Neil, Well, here in the States we don't offer free healthcare to everyone, as I'm sure you know. So basically, not only do you not get a fat hospital bill, but a fat EMS bill also. And with everything going on, those prices are sky…"
Jun 7, 2010
Neil White replied to Chris Carlson, PhD's discussion Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US
"This is of interest to me simply because in the UK EMS system, emergency care (the ambulance, its care, and ride to hospital) is free to one and all, citizen or non citizen. One thing I'd like to understand is how does the membership thing…"
Jun 7, 2010
Marvin McLellan replied to Chris Carlson, PhD's discussion Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US
"Chris, I would add Paramedics Plus/ DBA EMSA in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa OK. They, I believe are first to link subscription to utility companies and everyone is a subscriber unless you "opt out" which nobody takes time to do. I would…"
Jun 7, 2010
Ben Waller replied to Chris Carlson, PhD's discussion Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US
"I believe Acadian Ambulance (Louisiana) is one of, if not the largest subscription EMS systems in the U.S."
Jun 5, 2010
Patrick Nance replied to Chris Carlson, PhD's discussion Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US
"Hall Ambulance in Kern County, California has offered this type program for a number of years. I don't know if they are still signing up subscribers but anyone who signed up int eh past can continue to pay the annual fee of $100. I think…"
Jun 5, 2010
John Gaines replied to Chris Carlson, PhD's discussion Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US
"I think Medstar is technically still in their beta testing stage for Invisible Bracelet. Of if they're officially using it, they just started. I remember seeing it on the news last week. (And yes, this is that same John Gaines... sent you a…"
Jun 5, 2010
Patrick Nance replied to Chris Carlson, PhD's discussion Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US
"Is this the same John Gaines that worked at Guardian? "
Jun 5, 2010
Patrick Nance replied to Chris Carlson, PhD's discussion Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US
"I checked the InvisibleBracelet.org website yesterday and they do not list MedStar as a client, however, the websie may need refreshing as InvisibleBracelet.org is expanding... "
Jun 5, 2010
John Gaines replied to Chris Carlson, PhD's discussion Looking to ID the largest Ambulance "subscription" programs in the US
"Yes you are correct in that, but I have been under the impression that it is a service offered by Medstar when you join their subscription program, thus making it a valid addition to the subscription question. "
Jun 5, 2010

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Employer/Affiliation
Civilian
Primary Agency/Department Type
None
Primary Department/Agency Name
The Carlson Group
Department/Agency Web Site
http://www.carlsonmed.com
Years in EMS/Public Safety
32
Other Past or Current Departments
Fire Chief - City of La Mesa (CA), Fire Chief - City of Turlock (CA)
About Me
President/CEO of The Carlson Group. Primary architect of the majority of public/private partnership EMS systems in the Country. Management consulting focuses on health care/EMS but also includes client base including Disney, NASA, United Airlines and US Airways. MBA University of Redlands.

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Living in the ACA World - Community Paramedicine and other Darwinian Thoughts

The questions come on a daily basis – “Do I reposition my EMS business in the face of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and if so, how?” One of my favorite truisms is ‘the practical function of conventional wisdom is to save one from original thought.’ The banks of the river of conventional wisdom are currently overflowing with the ‘opportunities’ and ‘solutions’ presented by community paramedicine as a response to the post-ACA…

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Posted on February 3, 2014 at 1:42pm

The Disagreeable Absence of a Free Lunch

While doing a project for a large county on the west coast a few years ago, I was told my job was to solicit input from all the stakeholders and design an EMS system the incorporated everybody’s wants. “After all,” the elected officials said, “it’ll just go on the ambulance bill, and everybody wins.” Despite my objections, I went forth and undertook the task, put the system together and readied myself for my presentation to the Board.



“Congratulations,” I muttered, “based on your… Continue

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 2:57pm

Lessons in Leadership from a Cold War Warrior

Back in the day – I had the opportunity to do a fellowship that took me to the Ames Research Center of NASA. There, tucked in a small corner office, off of a typically bureaucratic hall was the cluttered office of an aging gentle man, who toiled in near obscurity, surrounded by small mementos of his life – autographed pictures of he and President Johnson, personalized memorabilia from Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and memorial tokens of Gus Grissom – who was a personal friend, lost in the… Continue

Posted on November 20, 2009 at 1:08pm

One Paramedic or Two?... and the crash of United 173

I’ve been in EMS now for 32 years (it doesn’t seem possible) – and for 30 of those years there has been an argument about the efficacy of one-paramedic vs. two-paramedic systems. I’ve had the ability to witness this debacle from all four corners of the continent and even weighed in on the discussion in systems on foreign shores.



I’ve also had the blessing of being able to work in and with other industries and work environments which allows me, perhaps, to provide a little different… Continue

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 5:17pm — 3 Comments

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