The IEMSA Mission
To provide a voice and promote
the highest quality and standards of Iowa’s Emergency Medical
IEMSA EMS SCHOLARSHIP
Interested in applying for an IEMSA EMS Scholarship? Then
for the official application! Hurry, this year's deadline is June 1.
EMS MEMORIAL CELEBRATION
We are accepting applications for this year's EMS Memorial
Celebration. The deadline is April 11, 2014. More details and
application links are available here.
FEATURING SPEAKER DOUG WOLFBERG
Doug Wolfberg is a founding member of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth (PWW),
and one of the best known EMS attorneys and consultants in the
United States. Widely regarded as the nation’s leading EMS law firm,
PWW represents private, public and non-profit EMS organizations, as
well as billing software manufacturers and others that serve the
nation’s ambulance industry.
This is our 10th year presenting the IEMSA Billing and Management
Conference, and Doug Wolfberg has agreed to help us celebrate by
entertaining us with his guitar stylings at an IEMSA-sponsored
hospitality suite on April 30, the night before the conference.
FOR EMS BILLING MANAGERS & CERTIFIED AMBULANCE CODERS
This course has been approved by the NAAC credits. In
addition, 7.0 Optional EMS CEHs are awarded. Participants must be
present for entire conference for CEHs to be awarded. Partial
credits will not be awarded.
AGENDA & OUTLINE
Registration (coffee & treats)
Introduction / Welcome
Write offs, Reductions & Compliance
Benchmarking Your Billing Operations
We Screwed Up on Billing - Now What?
Accounts Receivable Management: How well should you be doing?
2014 Medicare Billing & Reimbursement Update
Audit Bait: How Ambulance Services Get on Medicare’s Radar
IEMSA VOICE ONLINE NOW
EMS has some great momentum! Check out our latest issue of The
Voice on the Publications
page to read about all the great things happening in Iowa
EMS, that IEMSA has been working hard on your behalf.
This issue includes a report on the EMS Study Committee Report,
where you can read the details of the reports the committee of
legislators learned from EMS advocates around the state, on the
Hill, November 6-7, 2013.
Also in this issue, tax credit information for Tax Year
2013. IEMSA is working to increase this Tax Credit for Volunteers in
2014 to $500.
If you're not a member, read about what we're doing for EMS
around the state of Iowa and consider
joining IEMSA to support our efforts. The more members we have
the louder our voice on the hill!
EMS STUDY COMMITTEE REPORT
An approval-pending draft of the Iowa Legislature EMS
Study Committee's final report is available on the
EMS Study Committee page now.
Please click here to review this
document as well as numerous others from the committee.
NEMSAC is asking for input from EMS providers regarding the
Education Agenda, specifically advice on key educational issues that
were not yet part of the EMS landscape in June 2000 when the
Education Agenda was first published. Read more and find out how you
can take part
IEMSA BOARD MEMBER DAN PAULSEN FEATURED
IN THE MESSENGER
A feature article written by Bill Shea about IEMSA Board Member Dan
Paulsen appeared in a recent edition of The Messenger. You can view
the online version of Dan's story
The Center for Leadership, Innovation,
and Research in EMS (CLIR) with sponsorship provided by the North
Central EMS Institute (NCEMSI), the National EMS Management
Association (NEMSMA), the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC), the
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and
the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is pleased
to present summary reports for the EMS
Voluntary Event Notification Tool (EVENT) for the second and third
quarters of 2013.
Patient Safety Summaries
Near Miss Summaries
EMS Violence Summaries
You are encouraged to share this
report within your organizations. You can continue to submit events
NAEMT'S POSITION ON EMS AS ESSENTIAL
The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)
Board of Directors has adopted a new position statement on EMS as an
Essential Public Function. The full news release from the NAEMT is
SEN. DANIELSON RESPONDS TO
DES MOINES REGISTER ARTICLE
A YouTube video of Sen. Jeff Danielson's response to the Des Moines
Register article can be viewed
DES MOINES REGISTER ARTICLE
April 11 Update
The Des Moines Register has published
IEMSA’s response to the article, “EMTs and Emergency Medical
Services: How a broken system endangers Iowans,” which appeared in
the Sunday, April 7 edition of their paper.
IEMSA RESPONDS TO
DES MOINES REGISTER ARTICLE
The Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association would like to
discuss further Clark Kauffman's article published in the Sunday,
April 7 edition of the Des Moines Register. IEMSA proudly represents
both the paid and volunteer, as well as the taxpayer-funded and
private EMS services across Iowa. The breadth of our membership
allows us to view the crucial issues facing the EMS profession in
our state from a variety of perspectives.
IEMSA has long advocated for EMS to be considered an "essential
service" at all levels of local government. We believe that this is
the root of many of the problems raised in the articles. Our
brothers and sisters in law enforcement and fire protection receive
this distinction (and the funding that goes with it), while EMS does
not. We have been asking the Legislature to address this for years,
and hopefully these articles will bring this grave disparity further
Until this happens, not all Iowans can avail themselves of the
benefits of ambulance service when they call 911. For example, many
municipal EMS programs have been subsumed into the fire departments;
however, those economies of scale may not benefit residents of
townships or unincorporated areas, which are not required to provide
EMS to their citizens. Those that do provide EMS in smaller
communities work tirelessly every day to find funding, equipment and
personnel. While the spirit of the EMS Volunteers in our state is
unmatched, it is a shame that the financial support to provide
emergency medical care to Iowans in some communities is contingent
on an annual chili supper, bake sale or other such type of
fundraiser. Iowans deserve better than that.
We have been opposed on this request by organizations representing
some local governments claiming that this is an unfunded mandate. Of
course this is a mandate on local governments - it should be. What
is the purpose of a local government if it is not going to provide
public safety to those in its jurisdiction? Public safety is one of
the first reasons people form governments. You might feel content in
your home in West Des Moines knowing that the EMS is only a few
minutes away, but what happens if you are in a car accident in rural
Iowa? Can you really afford to wait 30 minutes to an hour at that
In the state of Iowa, volunteerism is a key component of public
safety. Our rural EMS services in Iowa have been struggling for
years to develop and maintain the staffing levels necessary to run
their programs. It's easy to choose between a fully-trained
volunteer with a spotless background and one with some history of
criminal or civil mischief, and our volunteer departments do make
the right choices every day. While the dedication and commitment of
the volunteers in our state is second to none, the individual
sacrifice is beginning to fall short in some communities today,
leaving them vulnerable. This is also an issue that needs further
discussion, and a true commitment of those.
It is absolutely crucial for Iowans to understand the deep-rooted
structural problems that EMS faces in our great state. Mr.
Kauffman's article shows the wide variety of issues facing an
under-funded and under-staffed EMS system in Iowa. In fact, two
bills were introduced this year (SF 346 and HF 347) that would have
created a task force to review the many problems facing EMS and
propose solutions to try and answer the very questions Mr. Kauffman
raises. We hope the Legislature can help us address these concerns,
because the future of so many Iowans depends on it.
Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association
EMS PATIENT SAFETY ERROR REPORT
Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Research in EMS (CLIR) with
sponsorship provided by the North Central EMS Institute (NCEMSI),
the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA), the Emergency
Medical Services Chiefs of Canada (EMSCC), the National Association
of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and the National
Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) has released the third
quarter, 2012 aggregated report of the anonymous EMS Voluntary Event
Notification Tool (E.V.E.N.T.) for reported patient safety events.
You can download the PDF file
SPRING/SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
The IEMSA office is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00
AM to 3:00 PM. If you need assistance or have a question, email the
or call (515) 225-8079 and leave a
to go to the Bureau of EMS webpage that has all the information on
what you need to do to transition and the timeline to make that
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way to interact with other EMS providers, share ideas, get
information, and more. There are also photos from the 2012 EMS
UPCOMING 2014 EVENTS
Another successful conference is over, but we are busy planning for
2014. Please visit the Training page for more details as they
IEMSA has joined the hunt and has
activated their first geocache. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor
treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers,
called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their
experiences online. See your April-June 2011 issue of The Voice
for more information.
A Trackable will be added to the site today, Wednesday, May 18. A
Trackable is a cache that moves from place to place, picking up
stories along the way. Be the first to discover the trackable and
send it on its way! The information inside the trackable will focus
on the importance of early recognition of cardiac arrest. IEMSA
hopes to spread this message throughout the upcoming year.
For those of you who plan to join the hunt, we are providing you
with a very special hint: N 41° 33.633 W 093° 49.100.
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