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The IEMSA Mission
To provide a voice and promote the highest quality and standards of Iowa’s Emergency Medical Services.
 

IEMSA EMS SCHOLARSHIP
Interested in applying for an IEMSA EMS Scholarship? Then click here for the official application! Hurry, this year's deadline is June 1.


2014 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.

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS
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.

CEs 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.

CONFERENCE AGENDA & OUTLINE

7:30-8:00 AM Registration (coffee & treats)
8:00-8:05 AM Introduction / Welcome
8:05-8:55 AM Write offs, Reductions & Compliance
9:00-9:50 AM Benchmarking Your Billing Operations
9:50-10:00 AM Break
10:05-10:55 AM We Screwed Up on Billing - Now What?
11:00-11:50 AM Accounts Receivable Management: How well should you be doing?
11:50 AM-
1:00 PM
Lunch (provided)
1:00-3:00 PM 2014 Medicare Billing & Reimbursement Update
3:00-3:15 PM Break
3:15-4:05 PM Audit Bait: How Ambulance Services Get on Medicare’s Radar

NEW 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!


FINAL EMS STUDY COMMITTEE REPORT AVAILABLE
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 SEEKS YOUR OPINION
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 here.


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 here.


E.V.E.N.T. ReportS Available
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 at www.emseventreport.com.


NAEMT'S POSITION ON EMS AS ESSENTIAL SERVICE
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 available here.


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 here.


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 attention.

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 point?

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.

Sincerely,
Jerry Ewers
President
Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association


EMS PATIENT SAFETY ERROR REPORT
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 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 here.

Additional Links


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 office at administration@iemsa.net or call (515) 225-8079 and leave a message.


Transition Requirements
Click here 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 transition.


Join IEMSA On Facebook
Join us on Facebook! IEMSA members can join our Facebook page. It’s a great way to interact with other EMS providers, share ideas, get information, and more. There are also photos from the 2012 EMS Cruise posted.


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 become available!


Attention Adventure Seekers!
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.


Group Purchasing
Group Purchasing Discounts are available to Affiliate Members in good standing. Click here for more information. Please log into your Members Only account if prompted.


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BILLING AND MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
May 1, 2014
Isle of Capri
Bettendorf, Iowa
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EMS MEMORIAL EVENT
May 17, 2014
West Des Moines Station #19
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EMS MEMORIAL APPLICATIONS
IEMSA is accepting applications for this year's EMS Memorial Celebration. The deadline is April 11, 2014. Application and details are available on the Honorees page.

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IEMSA board meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month unless otherwise noted. Regular meetings will be held by teleconference or at West Des Moines EMS Station 19, 8055 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm unless otherwise noted. The November meeting is the Annual Meeting which is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference and Trade Show at the conference location. All members are welcome to attend.

2014 Board Meeting Dates
January 29 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Drury Inn - West Des Moines

February
No Meeting

March 20 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Teleconference

April 17 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

May
No Meeting

June 19 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

July 17 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Teleconference

August
No Meeting

September 18 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

October 16 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

November 6 - Times TBA
Annual Meeting at Conference,
Event Center

December 18 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Teleconference
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