EMS Medical Director Geisinger Health System Danville, Pennsylvania
Dr. Douglas Kupas has been an EMS field practitioner for 40 years and a state EMS official for 20 years. In this presentation, he will reflect on the last 40 years of EMS and provide predictions for the future. Over the years, EMS has steadily advanced in patient and provider safety, technology, and patient care. EMS providers are now vital healthcare practitioners who are positioned treat our patients as part of the integrated healthcare system. The U.S. is at a tipping point in EMS reimbursement. The presentation will discuss the future of telehealth by EMS, treat-in-place, and mobile integrated healthcare. Dr. Kupas believes that in the future, all EMS providers will play a role in mobile integrated healthcare and EMS systems will be integrated with health systems to keep patients well at home. He also believes that EMS practitioners can provide significant value in patient care and will be recognized and rewarded for this on par with other healthcare professionals.
This session is included in the virtual live stream.
Describe the history of EMS and characteristics of EMS provider culture that can be detrimental to the future of the profession.
Understand how changes in education, scope of practice, and technology have improved patient safety and the quality of care in EMS.
Describe the financial factors impacting emergency care and the gap in value and home care that can be filled by EMS.
Understand how healthcare payors view EMS and how future reimbursement will depend upon increasing our value to the system and our patients.
Discuss the impact of nomenclature, public recognition, advanced education, and reimbursement on the future of the EMS system and its practitioners.