Expert Advice

Role Play

By Michael Touchstone, BS, EMT-P As supervisors, managers and leaders, we have a responsibility to participate in preparing our practitioners for practice. Likewise, we have a responsibility to participate in succession planning. We should be... continue reading

Healthcare Reform Issues

Patient Perspective

For many Americans, the last few years have been a crash course in understanding the complex landscape that is our healthcare system. Regardless of your political leanings, it’s hard to deny that the current... continue reading

Legal Consult

Privacy within Mass Casualty Incidents

By Doug Wolfberg & Steve Wirth We all know federal privacy regulations limit the use and disclosure of patient information by EMS agencies that are "covered entities" under HIPAA. But how does HIPAA apply to... continue reading

Research Alert

Research Worth Reading

EMS Analysis Wang HE, Mann, NC, Jacobson KE, et al. National characteristics of emergency medical services responses in the U.S. Prehos Emerg Care. 2013;17(1):8–14. Despite its prominence and history, only limited data exists to describe the... continue reading

Legislative Update

One EMS-Related Bill Passes; Two More Introduced

Just when it seemed that the 113th U.S. Congress would not be able to agree on anything, legislators passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 307) with remarkable speed. Introduced... continue reading

EMS People

EMS People

  Marc Grossman, MD, FACEP, was promoted to medical director for Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue (MDFR) in July. He replaces Donald G. Rosenberg, MD, FACC, who served as the medical director since 1996. Grossman had... continue reading