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‘Urgent care on wheels’: Fire departments rescuing patients from costly ER trips
The Washington Post explores a Prince George’s County EMS program to reduce nonemergency calls, plug gaps in healthcare and cut costs to taxpayers, patients and insurers.

Integrated Provider Teams Take 24/7 Approach to Preventing ER Visits
Modern Healthcare explores some new and proactive approaches to patient care being used by providers, payers and agencies

Going to the Emergency Room Without Leaving the Living Room
New York Times article explores community paramedics from Northwell Health

A New Kind of Paramedic for Less Urgent 911 Calls
Community paramedicine can drastically reduce unnecessary ER visits, according to Governing

8 Ways to Chart A Savvy Course to Integrated Care
A look at eight health systems that have followed consistent strategies particularly well to create value

Community Partnership Program Helps Maryland Seniors Age in Place
EMS, pharmacists, building managers at senior living apartments among those involved

Call 911 with no emergency? Mesa might send you a bill
Mesa, Ariz. Fire Department piloting a program to bill insurers for alternative emergency-response services

Community Paramedicine Can Improve Your Hospital's Standing, Ease ED Burden
Using EMTs and Paramedics outside of emergency response roles can alleviate ED overcrowding, Hospitals & Health Networks reports

ER Overcrowding Solution: Community Paramedicine
Fierce Healthcare article cites NAEMT MIH-CP survey

​ER Overcrowding Solution
Community Paramedicine Fierce Healthcare article cites NAEMT MIH-CP survey

Community Paramedicine Can Improve Your Hospital's Standing, Ease ED Burden
Using EMT's and paramedic outside of emergency response role can alleviate ED overcrowding, Hospitals & Health Networks reports

Santa Fe Takes "Radically Different Approach" To Cut Down on 911 calls
Less than one percent of the city’s population accounts for a stunning amount of emergency resources, KRQE reports

Modern Healthcare cites MIH-CP as a 2016 Healthcare Best Practice
EMS can help steer patients to the most appropriate care to reduce hospital emergency department use

Mesa Fire and Medical Offering Nurse Advice, Community Care Unit to Some 911 Callers
The goal is to prevent unnecessary ER trips, ABC 15 Arizona, reports

Grady EMS and Home Physician Care Partner to Offer 'Enhanced EMS'
Atlanta-area EMS launches community paramedicine service, reports

Community Paramedicine Can Improve Your Hospital's Standing, Ease ED Burden
This emerging care model uses EMTs and paramedics to provide services outside of their traditional emergency response and transport roles, Hospitals & Health Networks magazine says

Mobile Integrated Healthcare Takes Off in Southeast Michigan
Botsford Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Health System and the University of Michigan Health System partnering with EMS

Pinch Hitting: Doctor Shortages in Rural America Have Paramedics Stepping Up To the Plate When Needed
State Legislatures magazine explores community paramedicine and legislative change

Eagle County, Colo. Paramedics Expands the Role of EMS Practitioners
Denver morning show features pioneering community paramedic program

Anaheim, Calif. Pairs Paramedics with Nurse Practitioners
Pilot programs seeks to improve care, lower costs, USA Today reports

Paramedics Aren't Just for Emergencies
The Wall Street Journal explores how community paramedics work with doctors, nurses and dietitians to help keep patients out of the hospital

Coral Springs Fire Department Community Paramedic Program Targets Frequent 911 Callers

The program will expand to include wound care, sports physicals, the Sun-Sentinal reports

Turning 'Self-Preservation' Into 'Healthcare Innovation'
CBS in Fort Worth profiles MedStar's efforts to reduce unnecessary emergency department visits

Tennessee Ambulance Service Making House Calls to Prevent Hospital Visits
WATE-TV in Knoxville reports on Priority Ambulance's readmission avoidance program

Reimbursement Issues Block Paramedics From Expanded Role
Paramedics are primed to play a large role in the healthcare system, Politico article says, but face roadblocks

Reno Paramedics Work to Keep Patients Out of the E.R.
Kaiser Health News/USA Today article describes the changing role of EMS

CMS Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network’s March 25 kickoff meeting summary is available.
Network’s goal is to increase the adoption of alternative payment models that improve quality and reduce costs.

Arkansas Community Paramedic Pilot Program Seeks to Curb Unnecessary Emergency Department Use
Legislation pending to permit community paramedics to conduct post-discharge home visits, fill healthcare gaps

City of Dallas Creative Improvement on EMS and Revenue Development
Article in Government Finance Review shows program to reduce 911 utilization results in cost savings for the city

Plano Paramedics Make House Calls to Head off 911 Runs
Dallas Morning News article highlights Plano-Fire Rescue's community paramedics

Mesa, Ariz. Community Care Units Taking Patients to ED Alternatives
Instead of dispatching a four-person crew to medical calls, some are now answered by a paramedic and nurse practitioner

Life as a Community Paramedic: Lessons for Year One
Hennepin County, MN community paramedic discusses his experience

Paramedics Step Up to Cut Hospital Readmissions
US News & World Report article describes community paramedicine programs in Indiana, Minnesota

Community Paramedic Program Keeps Discharged Patients from Falling Through the Cracks
Prosser, Wash. public hospital launched program with a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation grant

Community Paramedic Visits People Before They Need 911 Again

Hospital in Snohomish County, Wash. funds fire-based community paramedicine program

Community Paramedics Part of Big Medicaid Savings in Minnesota
Data from the Integrated Health Partnerships initiative shows a $10.5 million cost reduction.

Round 2 CMS Innovation Grants Fund Three Mobile Integrated Healthcare Programs
Grants range from $7.1 to $12.5 million

New Mobile Integrated Healthcare Initiative in New York Relies on EMT-Bs
Transport Plus is a joint effort by Mount Sinai Medical Center and Transcare, Inc.

Tennessee Law Removes Roadblock for Mobile Integrated Healthcare Delivery
Legislation allows EMS practitioners to provide non-emergency care

The $500 Million Idea 
Medicare could save up to $560 million a year if CMS reimbursed EMS for taking patients to alternative destinations.

How New Hanover Regional EMS Built a Community Paramedic Program
Facing big changes from the Affordable Care Act, New Hanover Regional EMS in North Carolina worked with its partners to develop a comprehensive Community Paramedic program.

Ariz. Chief Examines Changes in Fire-Based EMS
Mesa Fire and Medical Department now send a firefighter and paramedic to some non-urgency calls instead of a typical four-person crew.

ACA, ACOs, HCAHPS and VBP: What Does It All Mean?
Understanding the 'alphabet soup' of healthcare reform acronyms will help EMS communicate with insurers, hospitals and other partners.

Christian Hospital Debuts New Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program
The St. Louis County, Mo.-based hospital is sending advanced care paramedics to frequent emergency department users to navigate them to alternative care.

"EMS Loyalty Program" Slashes Emergency Room Trips, Saves Millions 
MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Ft. Worth, Texas has saved an estimated $3.3 million in emergency department costs through 911 Nurse Triage, congestive heart failure readmission avoidance and hospice revocation avoidance programs.

Medstar Mobile Healthcare Partners with Home Health Provider 
Collaboration between the Ft. Worth, Texas-based EMS service and a home health agency helps patients stay at home instead of returning to the emergency department unnecessarily.

Taking Substance Abuse and Mental Health Out of the Emergency Department
Advanced Practice Paramedics in Wake County, N.C., are connecting patients with a primary complaint of mental health or substance abuse issues to mental health providers, which are better equipped than emergency departments to help.

Dallas Fire-Rescue Paramedics to Make House Calls 
The fire and EMS department's Mobile Community Healthcare Program will focus on frequent EMS users and patients with chronic illnesses who were recently discharged from the hospital.

Gold Cross EMS in Ga. Adding Community Paramedic Program
The Augusta, Ga. EMS agency's community paramedics are doing post-hospital discharge follow-up visits.

MIH Approach Proves Positive for Chicago CHF Trial
EMS, home health and other partners joined together to prevent readmissions for University of Chicago congestive heart failure patients–and are already showing reductions in readmissions.

Nevada County's EMS Authority Launches Nurse Health Line
REMSA (Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority) in Reno offers nurse advice to 911 callers with non-urgent problems as part of the agency's Health Care Innovation Award, a grant program by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

IU School of Medicine and Indianapolis EMS Target Childhood Asthma with Paramedic Housecalls
Indiana University School of Medicine sends paramedics with additional training to the homes of children with asthma to prevent asthma flares and emergency department visits.

Pittsburgh Community Paramedic Programs Aims to Cut ER Visits
Paramedics help patients manage diabetes, asthma and heart failure in the home.

Study: Community Paramedicine Could Close Calif. Healthcare Gaps
University of California Davis Health System report, "Community Paramedicine: A Promising Model for Integrating Emergency and Primary Care," recommends the state launch pilot programs to test roles for paramedics that go beyond responding to emergencies.

Finding a New Seat at the Healthcare Table 
How the emerging concept of mobile integrated healthcare is transforming EMS.