Greater Columbia ACH Leadership Council & Board Meetings
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Care Coordination was identified as a priority issue of Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health (GCACH) stakeholders and partners early in our history given our high rates of emergency department utilization, hospital re-admissions, and calls for non-urgent, non-transport services. GCACH considers community paramedicine an important strategy to address these issues, and received numerous Letters of Interest (LOI) from our emergency medical services (EMS) partners during the process for obtaining Medicaid Transformation Demonstration (MTD) project funding.
Some rural patients lack access to primary care and use 9-1-1 and EMS to receive healthcare in non-emergency situations and every community has citizens who abuse the 9-1-1 system for non-emergency calls. This is a misuse of tax-payer dollars, and takes EMS out of service for actual emergency situations. To reduce the burden on EMS, and to deliver the right care in the right setting, community paramedicine programs can be implemented allowing paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to operate in expanded roles. Therefore assisting with public health, primary care and preventative services and having the ability to treat patients more efficiently and at less cost outside of the emergency department. The goal of the program is to improve access to care, avoid duplication of existing services, and use the right setting to deliver care. With current EMS practices, EMTs and paramedics are only allowed to treat patients in an emergency; while transferring patients to the hospital; or at the emergency department, before transferring the patient to hospital staff.
During the April Leadership Council/Learning Collaborative
convening, attendees will hear from local and statewide EMS partners that support systems of care coordination that are reinforced through the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care, Health Information Technology (HIT), and more. Presenters will touch on the following topical areas: emergency department utilization, Fire Department Community Assistance Referral and Education Services (FDCARES),
the Health Commons Project
, Prosser community paramedicine, and the Spokane Ride-to-Care
Please note, the April Leadership Council meeting will coincide with the April Learning Collaborative. The convening will take place at United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties
from 9:00 am – 11:30 am on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Suggested attendees include Quality Improvement (QI) staff, Administrators, Managers, Panel Managers and EMS staff. However, our full Leadership Council is able and welcome to attend this session. For those participating in Practice Transformation, this convening will count towards the Learning Collaborative and Leadership Council meeting attendance milestone (7).