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

The town of Stanwood in Cedar County currently has no ambulance service. Losing the service has been a long process for the community. In October 2011, Stanwood Ambulance Service became “Stanwood EMS” because they could no longer staff the ambulance on a 24-hour basis, a state requirement. Last month, “Stanwood EMS” shut down because its coordinator left. That position is also required by state law. Stanwood is now covered by services from the surrounding towns of Clarence, Mechanicsville and Olin. ... more on KCRG.com

11th Annual Regional EMS Billing & Documentation Conference
April 30, 2015
The Horseshoe Casino
Whiskey Roadhouse Saloon Meeting Room
2701 23rd Avenue | Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501

Registration Fees Include Tuition, Lunch & Breaks

  • Affiliate Member Price: $200/pp

(IEMSA Affiliate Members can register their members at the IEMSA Member price without the registrant being an individual member of IEMSA)

  • Non-Member Price: $250/pp

Three Ways to Register

  1. Click Here to Register ONLINE Now! (or go to www.iemsa.net) -- you will be prompted to log-in to your IEMSA Account to register--Usernames are set to the email address on file and everyone’s temporary password is set to IEMSA2014 which is case sensitive and contains no spaces. Passwords can be reset at this time.

    OR Complete the Registration Form in the Flyer here.
  2. Return with your check payable to IEMSA, by mail to: IEMSA, 5550 Wild Rose Lane, Ste. 400, West Des Moines, IA 50266.
  3. Or return by fax with Credit Card payment information to: (877) 478-0926.

It's a New Name - Same Great Conference
Doug Wolfberg has agreed to return to Iowa once again. IEMSA will reach out to EMS Services across the midwest to join us in Council Bluffs for this popular and much needed educational event. 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.

7:30a-8:00a- Registration (coffee & treats)

  • Medicare, HIPAA and Compliance Updates – the NAAC Mandatory CEU presentations

Lunch Provided

  • Compliance Performance Indicators: How Well are You Really Doing?
  • The Top Ten Documentation Mistakes That EMS Providers Make – and Managers Overlook
  • Mobile Integrated Healthcare and Community Paramedicine: Finding Your Niche and Funding Your Program

> On April 29, 2015, the night before the Conference, IEMSA will host a hospitality suite. It will be a night of networking, good food, and relaxation before the conference begins. Location and Time TBD.

Room Block
Harrah’s Council Bluffs Hotel and Casino is located just a short distance from the Training at 1 Harrahs Blvd, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

Room Rate: $89/nt.++
CALL 1-800-HARRAHS (1-800-427-7247) and use
Discount Code S04EMS5 to receive the above discounted rate.


Discount Room Block Rate cut-off date is Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Any reservation request received after this date may be accepted on “space available” basis at the prevailing hotel rates.

Volunteer Individual of the Year
Featured on KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS — Ambulance services in rural areas are often underfunded, and require the help of volunteers like Wendy Frentress, a paramedic currently working with Blairstown Ambulance. She’s been recognized by the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association with the Volunteer Individual of the Year award. That’s why she’s the focus of this week’s Show You Care Spotlight... more

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


IEMSA Merchandise is now available to order online. Orders placed by the 1st of the month are printed and shipped the following month. More details are available on the wait-time and shipping time on the order form.

If you’d like to order State Patches and Rockers, please contact the office for pricing and availability.

Get all your latest news in Iowa EMS by downloading the current edition of The Voice newsletter here. Looking for past editions? Visit the Members Only Section. Not an IEMSA member? What are you waiting for? Visit the Membership page here and join today!

To read the full article and view the news piece that aired on KWQC-TV6 on January 29, 2015, click here.


2015 Iowa Legislator Listing
Looking to find out who represents your IEMSA Region in the Iowa legislature? Then the 2015 Iowa Legislator Listing Reference Booklet will come in very handy. Download your PDF copy here.

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The Iowa Department on Aging has received a federal grant to prevent falls by at-risk Iowans.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths for Iowans aged 65 or older.

“Increasing the variety and availability of evidenced-based fall prevention programs throughout the state is key to reducing the number of fall related injuries” said Iowa Department on Aging Director Donna Harvey. “Thanks to this project, the State will establish a responsive, integrated fall prevention network that enables more at-risk Iowans to participate in falls prevention programs and learn strategies to decrease their chances of falling.”

We hope you will strongly consider becoming engaged in this effort. It is an investment in Iowa’s future; if we can educate people today, we can prevent fall-related injuries and deaths in the years to come.

Please feel free to share this Master Trainer Course Application with others in your professional network as appropriate.

Mark A. Hanson
Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Program Administrator

NEW 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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

IEMSA is accepting applications for next year's EMS Memorial Celebration. The deadline is April 11, 2015. Application and details are available here.

IEMSA presents the 2015 Midwest EMS Billing & Documentation Conference Thursday, April 30, 2015 with featured speaker Doug Wolfberg of Page, Wolfberg and Wirth, LLC. The event will be held at Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Need a room? Mention Harrah’s Council Bluffs room block. Stay tuned here for more details - registration to open soon!

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Being a member of the Iowa EMS Association means your voice is one of the many joining together for positive change in Iowa EMS. And with individual memberships starting at just $30.00, you'll likely get a lot more than what you originally invest. Learn more here.
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Interested in applying for an IEMSA EMS Scholarship? Then click here for the official application! Hurry, this year's deadline is June 1.
IEMSA Meetings
Board meetings
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.

2015 Board Meeting Dates
January 28 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sheraton - West Des Moines

February 12 - 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Strategic Planning Meeting at
Raccoon River Nature Lodge
2500 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50265

March 19 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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

No Meeting

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

July 16 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

No Meeting

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

October 15 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

November 12 - Times TBA
Annual Meeting at Conference,
Event Center

December 17 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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