Whether by community paramedicine or mobile integrated healthcare, EMS providers nationwide need to deal with the dramatic changes occurring in healthcare—but the question is, how?
By Jenifer Goodwin, associate editor
On Oct. 16, House GOP efforts to derail the Affordable Care Act failed when Congress, having won almost no concessions from the Democrats, agreed to raise the debt ceiling and reopen government. If there were doubters before, the Republican loss was a clear sign that healthcare reform is here to stay, healthcare experts say.
For EMS, the question is, at what point will the transformative changes occurring in payment and reimbursement policies throughout other healthcare sectors reach ambulance providers? And will EMS-driven innovations such as community paramedicine and mobile integrated healthcare be the vehicles EMS needs to secure its place as a valued partner in the new era?
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