It is a very sleepy morning for me today. Yesterday was a hard-fought day on the ambulance by our standards. For the first part of the day I couldnít run a call without somebody getting angry at me. It really didnít bother me all that much, but you know how it goes. I actually got about 6 hours of sleep during the night though, so I got that going for me. Perhaps itís the morning fog mixed with the lack of coffee available in the station this morning thatís causing my AM neural firings to generate random questionsÖ perhaps Iím just nuts. However, if yíall would like to think about some things (and perhaps answer in the comments section, please) I invite you to join in on my personal morning groggies.
- If Medicare would assign a payment that you could access for treating and releasing patients, thereby diverting them from the Emergent healthcare system and redirecting them to the more cost effective healthcare system, how would that change the industry?
- If your service could choose to accept a lower payment from Medicare and Medicaid for every transport without regard to the nuances of medical necessity and never have to be denied reimbursement in exchange for a lower payment for every call, would your service take it? How would that change the industry?
- How would you improve your service if all of a sudden a big, national competitor moved into your service area and started taking your share of the marketÖ youíre losing calls to them and itís affecting your bottom lineÖ What do you do to improve your service to keep yourself in business?
- How would you change your care if your medical director was watching over your shoulder on every call? What would change if it were your mother watching you?
I think that these questions arenít the biggest questions facing the industry today, but Iíll bet yaí that if they were considered by peons like us and also by the powers that our landscape would change quite a bit, wouldnít it?
See you in the commentís section.