Advancing the EMS profession

Becoming a Community Paramedic: Exploring the Core Clinical Requirements  

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Hilton Crystal City, Washington Room, Arlington, Virginia

 8:00 am 

Registration Open
Coffee Service Bar sponsored by OnStar and Stryker

10:00 am  Welcome and Overview of Session Objectives

Dan Swayze, DrPH, MBA, MEMS, AVP Clinical Affairs, Community Support Services, UPMC Health Plan

10:05 am

The Framework of Community Paramedicine
Presentation sponsored by JEMS

  • Dan Swayze, DrPH, MBA, MEMS;
  • Anne Jensen, Special Projects Manager at San Diego Fire-Rescue Department; and
  • Michael Wilcox, MD, Medical Director at ImageTrend

The main presenters for the day will describe their MIH-CP programs to demonstrate the variety of populations served.

10:35 am Expanded Assessment for Community Paramedics

Anne Jensen and Dan Swayze, DrPH, MBA, MEMS

This session will introduce the role of community paramedics within the broader context of the healthcare and other systems of care and provide the foundational assessment and intervention skills for community paramedics. The facilitators will introduce a new patient-centered, expanded assessment mnemonic and triage algorithm for guiding care based on their combined years of experience as community paramedic pioneers.

11:15 am 

Frequent Utilizer Management and Crisis Intervention
Anne Jensen 

Frequent utilizer management and crisis intervention involve skills that go hand in hand. This session will introduce intervention models such as identifying, assessing, and triaging individuals in crisis that help stabilize patients to prepare them for other community paramedic efforts.

12:00 pm

EMS 3.0 Workshops Luncheon
Sponsored by Medic Ambulance

12:30 pm Special Luncheon Presentation:
The Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) Model

Dawn Alley, Ph.D., Director, Prevention and Population Health Group, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and ET3 Project Lead

 1:00 pm  Chronic Disease Management

Dan Swayze, DrPH, MBA, MEMS

Helping patients manage chronic disease conditions requires more than an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology and pharmacology of the disease. In this session Dr. Swayze will introduce other factors that influence the patients’ adherence to their treatment plans and the role of community paramedics in helping these complex patients.

 1:45 pm  Medical Direction and Oversight

Michael Wilcox, MD

EMS Medical Directors provide oversight for the medical aspects related to planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the EMS system, including protocols used by EMTs and paramedics to care for patients. Primary care physicians are responsible for the long-term health and medical care of their patients.  How do you strike the balance between EMS medical oversight, and medical care coordination with your patient’s primary care provider? Dr. Wilcox is the medical director over teams of community paramedics in various service models, and the medical director for ImageTrend – an ePCR developer that as a very robust MIH documentation platform.  He will discuss the unique approach to care coordination with multiple physicians, and proper documentation for community paramedic interventions.

 2:15 pm Refreshment Break
 2:30 pm

Core Competencies and Custom Skills

  • Dan Swayze, DrPH, MBA, MEMS;
  • Anne Jensen, EMT-P, BS; and
  • Michael Wilcox, MD

In this session the panel will discuss core content that all three programs include in their training programs outside of the assessment and intervention activities. Core knowledge topics such as cultural competency, professional boundaries and self-care will be discussed. Additionally, panelists will describe the custom content, selection criteria and training experiences they have added to their programs based on the unique needs of their patient populations.

 3:15 pm 

Overview of the IBSC Community Paramedic-Certification Exam
Speaker sponsored by IBSC
John Clark, Chief Operating Officer at International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC)

The Community Paramedic – Certified (CP-C) exam was first introduced in 2015. Nearly 150 paramedics have taken the CP-C exam and attained certification. This session will provide an overview of the certification exam, including requirements to take the exam, and discuss future plans regarding recertification and continuing education for community paramedics.

 3:45 pm  Q&A with Presenters

 3:55 pm  Wrap-up  

 4:00 pm  Adjourn