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Would you like EMS with that?

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Would you like EMS with that? It might beat a full tune up and lube job for increasing our pay

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.

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!

Rural EMS – A Fictional Letter to the Small Town Community

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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.

Master Paramedics? I’m asking you a question

I have a question for all of you readers out there. Trade Unions have always honored their best and most experienced members by bestowing the title of “Master”. How would we in the Profession of EMS honor our own Masters?

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.

Fiddling While Rome Burns – The “Ambulance Industry”

If you read this piece and it ticks you off, I’ve accomplished something. We have to take ownership of our profession and our cause. It’s always about the patient, but it’s about us too… are we taking a cue from Emperor Nero?

EMS Pay Sucks!! (part 3) – Who or What is at fault here!?

Welcome back to the Life Under the Lights Bar and Grille – This is the third installment of my EMS Pay Sux!! Series of articles. This one calls every argument you’ve ever heard on this issue “crap” and lays out three simple problems that we must tackle to solve our problem sooner, rather than later.

EMS Pay Sucks!! Part 2 – Identifying the problem

Part two in my audience participation exercize entitled “EMS Pay Sucks!! Let’s DO something about it!” – This post is written for general audiences and states what exactly the problem is: The way we compensate EMS professionals in this country is despicable…

Request for ideas on a problem – Can we be paid enough already?

Can we get paid enough already? I’d sure like to, but I don’t have the answers. Here are some thoughts… but no magic bullets. Care to help?

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