Category Archives: Funding & Staffing

Dirty Wet Wipes, Millions of Dollars, and the Coming Changes to EMS

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What do dirty wet wipes have to do with bankrupt ambulance services? Plenty, in my opinion. You need to read this

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?

Issues: I’m Scared of something, Have a Rhythm, and A New Column Up, Too.

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I’ve got a few things I want to talk with you about. Nitro and Ham, Moline, Illinois, and my fear of posting something.

Change Medicare? Save EMS

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The “Fee-for-Transport” revenue model has failed us. EMS has grown to fit the healthcare payment system and has limited so much of our profession’s evolution. We need new revenue streams and innovation, not archaic regulation. Viva EMS!

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.

Modern (f)Art

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“Art Purchased by Experts who are not spending their own, personal money” – Ann Arbor, MI is trying to redefine “Art” by spending what “experts” call a “WHOLE BOATLOAD O’ CASH” on “art” while laying off firefighters. You’ll laugh and get ticked off with this. Mostly ticked off.

Rural EMS – A Fictional Letter to the Small Town Community

Rural EMS has it’s challenges, not the least of which are the low pay and long hours. I believe that the lives of those in the sticks are just as important as the lives of those in the city and that rural folk need paramedics too. This is a fictional letter with a very real message.

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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