Category Archives: Economics

Our Biggest Challenge may be Our Best Opportunity – Medicare Pay for Performance and EMS

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Medicare’s new Pay-for-Performance rules are coming into effect. They will hit EMS hard and we need to be out in front of this. Don’t believe me? Please read this.

Vive la solidarité! Something we have in common with our French friends

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We might not be so different from our French EMS counterparts. Sure we’ve got contrasting systems of EMS delivery, but look at what we have in common. You might be shocked. I was.

Hangover Heaven? WHY ARE WE NOT DOING THIS!?!?

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Does a new business model invented in Las Vegas hold the key to ending EMS’s collective budget woes forever? It’s certainly something to look into. You have GOT to see this.

Coming Soon – The Law of Unintended Consequences meets the fire service

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Charging fees for fire service – Is it a good idea? Or could the hook and ladder become the corporate ladder due to capitalism?

The Houston Medicare Problem – Formulating Better Instructions on Paying for EMS

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Have you ever made one silly mistake in a formula and screwed up your whole database? No? Not a nerd, eh? Well look at what happened in Houston.

I don’t usually talk about Political things…

I found this news story out of Schaumburg, Illinois today. Perhaps you should read it, those of you who work local government. It’s of note.

EMS 2.0 as Explained to My Brother

I had a good conversation with my brother the other day. We talked about this “blogging” stuff I do and the topic turned to EMS 2.0. Guess what he wants me to do?

Huddled Masses. Healthcare. Honor. EMS.

Undocumented Immigrants? Illegal Immigration? Where do we stand on this as EMS professionals? What do we do?

Questions About EMS on a sleepy morning – Care to answer?

Here are four quick questions about EMS that have emerged from my sleepy brain this morning. Care to think about them? You might even want to answer them and add your opinion. At any rate, I gotta get me some coffee.

EMS Pay Sucks!! (Part 4) – We Control the Market

Low Price. High Quality. Good Service – Of those three choices, which two do you want our profession to pick? It’s time for a little economics and some collective awakening of our profession. Let’s change the rules of the game.

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Chris Kaiser aka "Ckemtp"

I am a paramedic trying to advance the idea that the Emergency Medical Services can be made into the profession that we all want it, need it, and know it deserves to be.

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