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    EMS Strong: A Message of Unity for EMS Week 2018

    Unity has seemingly been something of unattainability in recent years. In light of many tragic events and political campaigns, issues have risen that have only further divided a country when, in fact, such events call for unity all the more. In an effort to provide a united front and inspire the men and women in emergency medical services (EMS), this year’s EMS Week settles its focus upon EMS Strong. As the focal theme of this year’s EMS week from May 20-26, the message of EMS Strong hopes to not only honor the work done by EMS professionals but to also promote a united front that helps convey to our great nation how—no matter individual differences, viewpoints, perspectives and backgrounds—in the end, we are always going to be stronger together.

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    Topics: EMS, Healthcare

    MIPS Cost Category: What is the Impact for Providers in 2018 and Beyond

    2018 marks the second year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS, quality payment program as a part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, also known as MACRA. Under MIPS, a provider’s score is based on the sum of four categories: quality, cost, improvement activities and advancing care information. While in the 2017 transition year the cost category did not count towards a provider’s total MIPS score, in 2018 the resource use or cost category is weighted at 10 percent of the MIPS score and will be increasing to 30% in 2019 if such increase is finalized as proposed in the current MIPS rulemaking. Specifically, this change was made possible by a modification in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that now gives CMS the flexibility to choose a cost category somewhere between 10 and 30 percent.

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    Topics: Emergency Medicine, Healthcare

    How Machine Learning can Help Hospital Administrators Level the Playing Field with Payers Policy Updates

    Topics: Emergency Medicine, Healthcare, Analytics

    2018 EMS On the Hill Day: Make Your Voice Heard

    Topics: EMS, Healthcare

    How Consumers Benchmark Healthcare Services, and What Healthcare Companies can do to Improve Their Experiences

    Topics: Ambulatory Care, Emergency Medicine, Healthcare

    Ambulance Response and Emergency Department Delays: A Hands-on Collaborative Approach to Address Patient Flow Challenges

    Topics: Emergency Medicine, EMS, Healthcare, Analytics

    Improving EMS Billing Practices: The Role of the ePCR

    Topics: EMS, Healthcare

    Stop the Bleed: EMS’s Response to Help Others Save Lives

    Topics: EMS, Healthcare

    Boarders and Emergency Department Flow

    Topics: Emergency Medicine, Healthcare, Analytics

    Patient Follow-ups as a Source of Personalized Patient Care and Untapped Revenue

    Topics: EMS, Healthcare