March 18, 2022

Emergency Medical Services Program Innovated (EMSI) Launch

As of the month of March, GCACH welcomes 10 new providers to join our Emergency Medical Services Innovated (EMSI) program!  

 - Benton County Fire District #4
   - City of Clarkston Fire Department
   - City of Sunnyside
   - City of Walla Walla Fire and Ambulance Department
   - Columbia County Fire District #3
   - Garfield County Fire District 1
   - Kennewick Fire Department
   - Kittitas County Fire Protection District 6
   - Pasco Fire department.
   - Upper Kittitas Medic One

The EMSI program aims to bridge the gap between unmet health care needs, high-cost care, and access to care. EMSI prepares first responders how to operate within a patient-center medical home model of care and learn the skills of population health management, data management, and sustainability.

By utilizing EMS staff in an expanded role while still within their current scope of practice, they can provide non-emergent, low-acuity care that is consistent with the Medical Home Model. The GCACH focus area is to reach a population of 1,000 unduplicated patients annually across the nine-counties.

There are three main goals of EMSI:

   1.) Strengthening the Primary Health Care Delivery System.

   2.) Implementing Change in Patient Outcomes and Reduced Health Care Costs
        a. Reducing Non-Emergent 911 calls
        b. Reducing Non-Emergent ED visits
        c. Reducing Inpatient Hospital Readmissions

   3.) Meeting Unmet Health Care Needs.

The program has a tentative start date of August 2022 and is proposed to be funded through December 2024.