Excellence in EMS Integration Awards

2022 Awards Coming Soon!

The AIMHI Excellence in Integration Awards celebrate and promote high performance, high value EMS. In the spirit of promoting true healthcare integration, award-winners are primarily sought from EMS agencies and other healthcare providers outside of the AIMHI membership. Nominations will open in 2022 for the next class of award winners.

Fees

There is no cost to nominate an organization or individual for the awards. 

A limited pool of travel grant funds may be available to selected winners on a case-by-case basis. 


Award Categories & Criteria

Excellence in EMS Integration Award

External Award | Integration with EMS Agencies | Organizational Recipient

This award recognizes a non-EMS organization that has developed and implemented a partnership with EMS organizations that have demonstrated enhancement of patient experience of care, improved patient outcomes, or reduced the cost of healthcare.

Award Philosophy

Awards should be based on measurable data that sets a benchmark for others to follow. These awards could be geared to best practices that support AIMHI’s mission of transforming EMS care. Award winners should demonstrate clear approaches to transformation, well deployed processes that demonstrated cycles of learning and benchmark results in the top decile of EMS agencies.

Eligibility

  • Integrated Healthcare Networks
  • Payers
  • Hospital Systems
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospice Agencies
  • Other EMS agency partners

Entry Criteria

  • Nominator demographics and contact information
  • Nominee demographics and contact information
  • Description of program
  • Date of implementation

Judging Criteria

  • Number of patients/members enrolled
  • Utilization change
  • Patient experience scores
  • Other criteria/outcomes
  • Demonstrates a clear approach to change, with system-based deployment (of process, procedure, etc.) and benchmark results. Winning agencies should be learning organizations that are willing to share best practices.

Excellence in Public Information or Education
EMS Internal or External Award | Communications/PR/Public Affairs | Organizational Recipient 

This award recognizes an EMS or non-EMS organization that has developed and implemented an effective public information or education campaign designed to encourage patients, members, or the public to develop or maintain healthy lifestyles, or to more effectively utilize healthcare resources.

Benchmark results demonstrating a significant change in how the public integrates with EMS practices. Agencies that have a clear approach to motivating the public to partner with EMS and local hospitals in obtaining outcome-based results.

Award Philosophy

Awards should be based on measurable data that sets a benchmark for others to follow. These awards could be geared to best practices that support AIMHI’s mission of transforming EMS care. Award winners should demonstrate clear approaches to transformation, well deployed processes that demonstrated cycles of learning and benchmark results in the top decile of EMS agencies.

Eligibility

  • EMS Agencies
  • Integrated Healthcare Networks
  • Payers
  • Hospital Systems
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospice Agencies
  • Other EMS agency partners

Entry Criteria

  • Nominator demographics and contact information
  • Nominee demographics and contact information
  • Description of program
  • Date of implementation

Judging Criteria

  • Estimated program reach (number of impressions)
  • Cost of the campaign
  • Any data on changes in behavior as a result of the campaign
  • Demonstrates a clear approach to change, with system-based deployment (of process, procedure, etc.) and benchmark results. Winning agencies should be learning organizations that are willing to share best practices.

Excellence in Value Demonstration or Research

EMS Internal or External Award | Reporting/Data Analytics | Organizational Recipient

This award recognizes an EMS or non-EMS organization that created and implemented an analysis of data and/or research project to demonstrate the value impact of the services provided by the organization. Examples could include:

  • Distributed analytics relating to the cost and outcomes from innovative EMS delivery
  • Study published in a peer reviewed journal that demonstrates improved patient outcomes, patient safety, or reduced cost of care as the result of a change to a protocol or process
  • Benchmark improvement in efficiency that demonstrates a reduction in cost, and/or increase in patient safety with outcome-based metrics that exceed 90% of the national average for favorable results.

Award Philosophy

Awards should be based on measurable data that sets a benchmark for others to follow. These awards could be geared to best practices that support AIMHI’s mission of transforming EMS care. Award winners should demonstrate clear approaches to transformation, well deployed processes that demonstrated cycles of learning and benchmark results in the top decile of EMS agencies.

Eligibility

  • EMS Agencies

Entry Criteria

  • Nominator demographics and contact information
  • Nominee demographics and contact information
  • Description of data distributed and method of distribution
  • Submission of published studies that meet award submission criteria

Judging Criteria

  • Value demonstration of data distributed
  • Publication Impact Factor (IF) or Journal Impact Factor (JIF) of the journal publishing the research
  • Demonstrates a clear approach to change, with system-based deployment (of process, procedure, etc.) and benchmark results. Winning agencies should be learning organizations that are willing to share best practices.

Leadership in Integrated Healthcare Award

EMS Internal or External Award | Individual Recipient

This award recognizes an individual who has made significant impact on the integration of EMS, or the advancement of the integration of EMS into the healthcare system.

Award Philosophy

Awards should be based on measurable data that sets a benchmark for others to follow. These awards could be geared to best practices that support AIMHI’s mission of transforming EMS care. Award winners should demonstrate clear approaches to transformation, well deployed processes that demonstrated cycles of learning and benchmark results in the top decile of EMS agencies.

Eligibility

  • EMS agency leaders
  • Healthcare system leaders
  • Leaders from payer organizations
  • Leaders from EMS or Healthcare Associations

Entry Criteria

  • Nominator demographics and contact information
  • Nominee demographics and contact information
  • Description of the initiatives/activities of the nominee
  • Description of the impact the nominee’s initiatives has on EMS integration

Judging Criteria

  • Effort of the initiatives undertaken by the nominee
  • Outcomes of the initiatives of the nominee
  • Demonstrates a clear approach to change, with system-based deployment (of process, procedure, etc.) and benchmark results. Winning agencies should be learning organizations that are willing to share best practices.


Advocacy in Integrated Healthcare Award

EMS External Award | Individual Recipient

This award recognizes a legislator or regulator who has made significant impact on the integration of EMS, or the advancement of the integration of EMS into the healthcare system.

Eligibility

  • Legislators and regulators from all levels of government

Entry Criteria

  • Nominator demographics and contact information
  • Nominee demographics and contact information
  • Description of the initiatives/activities of the nominee
  • Description of the impact the nominee’s initiatives has on EMS integration

Judging Criteria

  • Effort of the initiatives undertaken by the nominee
  • Outcomes of the initiatives of the nominee

Ongoing Recognition for Winners

  • Award winners may be invited to present or co-present on AIMHI webinars, as appropriate, at the invitation of the AIMHI Education Committee.
  • Winner and their innovative programs will be showcased on a permanent page of the AIMHI website.
  • Winners and their programs will be featured on AIMHI social media

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  • 18 Aug 2021 1:13 PM | AIMHI Admin (Administrator)

    Excellence in EMS Integration Award: This award recognizes a non-EMS organization that has developed and implemented a partnership with EMS organizations that have demonstrated enhancement of patient experience of care, improved patient outcomes, or reduced the cost of healthcare.

    Description
    Texas Health Resources – Harris Methodist Fort Worth (THR) had a problem.  Many patients in their crowded emergency department during the pandemic were being held in ‘observation’ status so healthcare practitioners could monitor the patient’s condition while they made arrangements for post-discharge follow-up care.    These patients were occupying precious ED beds, and required hospital staff time to monitor while they were in observation status.  Their ED EMS Liaison had an idea!  Would an innovative healthcare integration with MedStar to provide timely follow up care in the patient’s residence facilitate the discharge of these observation patients?  This would assure a safe and timely transition to the patient’s in-home, while assuring the patient was medically monitored, a home safety assessment and social determinant of health assessed, provide a 24/7 resource for the patient, if needed, and help assure the patient is scheduled for their follow-up medical appointment, AND alleviate hospital capacity issues.   

    Of course, MedStar agreed, and over the course of 2 weeks, the two healthcare entities designed and implemented the “Observation Admission Avoidance Program”.   

    Under this program, THR staff identify a patient who could be clinically and socially managed safely in an out of hospital setting, with proper medical support.  A referral is made to MedStar via a specialized electronic notification.  Within an hour, a MedStar Critical Care/Community Paramedic (CCP) arrives at the ED, locates the patient, and receives report from the lead clinician caring for the patient.  The hospital and MedStar staff agree on the clinical and social goals for the patient over the next 5 – 7 days.  The MedStar CCP explains they will receive follow-up care at home by MedStar, and confirm the first “Safe Landing” appointment, usually within 24 hours of discharge.   

    The patient is then discharged from the hospital, and for the next 5-7 days, the patient is visited by MedStar MHPs to assure care plan compliance, a safe environment, confirmation and attendance at follow-up medical care appointments, and prevention of a return ED visit.

    Organization Overview
    Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is a 726 bed acute care hospital with a longstanding history of providing advanced medical care.    

    Serving North Texas as a designated Emergency Center of Excellence by Emergency Excellence, the hospital has also been awarded the highest advanced certification by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and is the first hospital in the country to earn the prestigious designation as a Joint Commission Primary Heart Attack Center.   Additionally, it is only the second hospital in the nation to earn the Gold Seal of Approval for Brain Tumor Certification by The Joint Commission. They also offer outstanding care for growing families and have been voted the "Best Place to Have a Baby" 20 times by readers of Fort Worth Child magazine. After 90 years of service, their commitment to the growing community remains strong.

    Date of Implementation: January 8, 2021

    Number & Demographics of Patients/Members
    32 patients who would have normally been held in 'observation' status in the ED, but are able to be discharged home, with safety-net follow up care by MedStar.

    Description of Outcomes / Utilization / Change
    Of the 32 patients enrolled, none have experienced a repeat ED visit, 75 social determinants of health were identified and addressed, with the most common being compliance with prescribed medications and follow-up physician appointments.  The patient’s reported an average 40% improvement in their overall health status during the enrollment, and patient experience scores for the program are 100%.   

    The program is still on-going with more patients being enrolled every day.

    Supporting Links
    https://www.medstar911.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/May-2021-MIH-Board-Report-Updated.pdf     https://www.medstar911.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Obs-Admit-Avoidance-Overview.pdf

  • 18 Aug 2021 1:06 PM | AIMHI Admin (Administrator)

    Excellence in Value Demonstration or Research: This award recognizes an EMS or non-EMS organization that created and implemented an analysis of data and/or research project to demonstrate the value impact of the services provided by the organization.

    Description

    This nomination is to recognize the authors of an article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a peer-reviewed medical journal published 48 times a year by the American Medical Association. The study in question was published on February 24, 2021.

    IMPORTANCE - Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) is a model of community-based health care to provide on-site urgent or nonurgent care. Niagara Emergency Medical Services (NEMS) started implementing MIH in 2018 to serve the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. However, it's economic impact was unknown.

    OBJECTIVE - To compare time on task and cost between MIH and ambulance service delivered by NEMS from a public payer’s perspective.

    RESEARCH QUESTION - Is MIH delivered by Niagara EMS more efficient than regular ambulance responses in addressing the needs of urgent care in the community?

    KEY FINDINGS - This economic evaluation compared 1740 calls serviced by MIH in 2018 to 2019 with propensity score-matched ambulance calls for the same period and 2 years prior and found that MIH was associated with a decrease in the proportion of patients transported to the emergency department and saved health care costs compared with regular ambulance responses.

    MEANING - These findings suggest that MIH is a promising and viable solution to meeting urgent health care needs while improving the efficiency in using emergency care resources.

    CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE - Compared with regular ambulance response, MIH was associated with a substantial reduction in the proportion of patients transported to the ED, leading to a substantial saving in total costs. This finding suggests that the MIH model is a promising and viable solution to meeting urgent health care needs in the community, while substantially improving the use of scarce health care resources.

    Author Overview
    McMaster University - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    (Feng Xie, PhD - lead author of research study, and Jiajun Yan, MSc1; Gina Agarwal, MBBS, PhD1,3; et al contributing authors)

    Feng Xie is a Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) and a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis. His research interests include health technology assessment, economic evaluations using models and trial data, patient-reported outcome and preference measures, and health utility measures.

    Description of Data & Methodology

    This economic evaluation of MIH was an analysis of administrative databases without contact with any patient or individual.  The information for all emergency calls received and responded to from 2016 to 2019 was retrieved from the NEMS database, which records the location and priority description of the call, age and sex of the patient, the description of the response vehicle, whether transport to ED was required, and service times. Cost data were retrieved from the NEMS accounting database, including all equipment costs, operating costs, and salary and benefits of all staff employed.

    Study results have been shared publicly via open access article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on February 24, 2021.  It has also been spotlighted with local media interviews in the Niagara Region, and shared by email with local, national and international EMS stakeholders.

    Supporting Links
    Link to journal article on JAMA website:  https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2776751

    Newspaper article on results of research study: "Researchers determine Niagara EMS program reduces costs by 66%" https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news/niagara-region/2021/02/25/researchers-determine-niagara-ems-program-reduces-costs-by-66.html

    Xie et All 2021 MIH Economic Evaluation.pdf: http://aimhi.mobi/resources/Awards/2021%20Awards/Xie%20et%20All%202021%20MIH%20Economic%20Evaluation.pdf

  • 17 Aug 2020 5:52 PM | AIMHI Admin (Administrator)

    Excellence in Public Information or Education

    In 2019 the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) launched a new partnership and program with Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) called "First Responders for Recovery" to combat opioid abuse and help patients connect to recovery resources. The RCHD's Peer Recovery Specialist trains RAA's trains RAA Paramedics and EMTs on different methods they can use to encourage patients to sign a "First Responders for Recovery" release form. Within 48 hours RCHD’s Peer Recovery Specialist contacts the patient to try and get them into a recovery center.

    Organization Description
    The mission of the Richmond City Health District is to promote healthy living, protect the environment, prevent disease and prepare the city for disasters.

    Date of Implementation: May 2019

    Number and Demographics of Patients

    Since launching RAA has obtained 228 signatures from patients interested in being contacted by RCHD's Peer Recovery Specialist as part of the program. The average age of the patients is 44.2. The minimum age is 23 with the maximum age being 86.

    Outcomes / Utilization

    While the goal of the program has been to provide better options for patients with opioid addiction and get those patients connected to recovery resources, the amount of man hours saved by potentially preventing repeat calls for the same patient suffering an overdose is an extremely valuable asset for RAA's EMS system. By potentially lowering the number of repeat calls for an overdose, RAA's first responders are available for other emergent calls.

    Additional Information


  • 17 Aug 2020 3:22 PM | AIMHI Admin (Administrator)

    Leadership in Integrated Healthcare—Lifetime Achievement Award

    Linda Frederiksen began employment at MEDIC EMS in 1995 as the Quality/Education Coordinator.  Prior to working at MEDIC, Linda worked as an Emergency Department Registered Nurse, holding Iowa and Illinois Nursing licenses and Illinois Trauma Nurse Specialist. She worked as an Emergency Medical Services Educator prior to coming to MEDIC and still continues to teach, holding several instructor certifications including ACLS, PALS, BLS, PHTLS and NRP.  A Nationally Registered Paramedic for twenty-five years, Linda is a critical care paramedic, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois, as well as a Masters’ degree in Public Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Named the fourth Executive Director in the history of the company in 2004, Linda has a strong clinical background in Total Quality Management and Education, and holds an Emergency Medical Dispatcher-Quality Certification.  Linda is on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association, and has served as President, Vice-President, and Treasurer. As well as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Scott County Emergency Medical Services Association.

    She is active on several boards and panels including the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Black Hawk College, University of Iowa Emergency Medical Services Learning Resource Center, Scott Emergency Communications Center Technical Advisory Committee and Board Ex-Officio and the Scott County High Utilizers Group to name a few.

  • 17 Aug 2020 3:19 PM | AIMHI Admin (Administrator)

    Leadership in Integrated Healthcare, Distinguished Service

    Montgomery County, Indiana  Project Swaddle:  In 2013, a small group of committed citizens and public servants in Montgomery County, Indiana recognized novel approaches were necessary to address the health challenges facing the local community. Like many rural communities, its residents are primarily White, Non-Hispanic individuals (92%) who speak English (95%), have a high school degree but somewhat limited college experience (89% high school degree; 18% college degree), have an average annual household income ($53,075), and were born in the US (97%). Montgomery County faces a set of challenges, which are shared by many other rural communities. High teen birth rates, substantial food insecurity, substance use during pregnancy, and limited access to obstetrics care contribute to poor health and well-being of children in Montgomery County. Additionally, poor mental health, limited access to mental and physical health care, high rates of substance use, and a range of factors influencing maternal health are key challenges to the health and well-being of the general community.    

    In an effort to combat these issues, this coalition focused on developing sustainable, effective prevention and intervention strategies addressing the socioecological determinants of health. As a result of this coalition’s effort, the Montgomery County Mobile Integrated Healthcare-Community Paramedicine (MIH-CP) program was developed. The MIH-CP program uses trained community paramedics to deliver in-home services to patients under the supervision of a physician. The first MIH-CP initiative, funded by a grant from ISDH, proved to be an efficient and effective method for providing care and managing high-risk patients. During the chronic disease pilot program, there was a 98% reduction in ER and hospital visits among participants. The MIH-CP program was quickly expanded to accept patients with other chronic diseases. Additionally, the coalition also developed Project Swaddle, a community paramedicine program to provide in-home prenatal and postpartum services to women with high risk pregnancies.    

     The purpose of Project Swaddle is to empower women with the skills and environment needed to raise a healthy infant/child, while maintaining their own physical and mental health. The program currently provides the best available level of prenatal care, along with additional services to prepare women for motherhood. Throughout pregnancy and the 16 weeks following birth, community paramedics make regular in-home visits. During these visits, they and a community health worker partner to address the mother and infant’s clinical, behavioral, and environmental needs. While acting as a physician extender for regular prenatal care, and maternal and infant postpartum care, the community paramedics provide transportation assistance, safe sleep education (DOSE), abusive head trauma prevention education (Period of PURPLE Crying), home safety inspections, health and depression screenings, social service referrals, and guidance on coping tools. The community paramedics also provide a warm referral to partner services, including birthing education with a certified Lamaze instructor, lactation consultation, the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program, and doula services.     

    Community paramedics also include psychosocial assessments and interventions in their scope of care for pregnant and postnatal women. Their assessments take into account general statements of patient's feelings about self, degree of satisfaction in interpersonal relationships, clients' in-home relationships, most significant relationship, community activities, work or school relationships, and family cohesion, as well as any protective factors like hobbies, relaxation, leisure and rest distribution, and coping strategies for stress. Interventions, including support from a social worker, are available should the client self-report changes in personality, behavior, mood, feelings of anxiety or nervousness, feelings of depression, or use of medications or other techniques during times of anxiety. Screening for substance abuse or misuse is also critical. Community paramedics note any alcohol or drug use, including types and frequency, habits associated with use, such as sharing needles or driving under the influence, and also other types of potentially harmful substances, including caffeine, secondhand smoke, or poor nutritional quality. Unique to Project Swaddle is the ability to provide Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT), under the direction of a physician, to pregnant and post-natal women.    

    Patients enrolled in Project Swaddle also have access to telehealth equipment and monitoring (e.g., blood pressure monitoring, body weight assessment, glucose monitoring, physical activity tracking). In the event of an emergency, such as critically high blood pressure, the community paramedic receives automatic notification. If available, they are dispatched to the scene, where they evaluate and care for the patient on-site and determine the severity of the situation. In addition to providing telehealth monitoring and crisis response, the community paramedic is available to patients for questions and routine follow-up via secure text messaging and telephone.

    Indiana must continue to address numerous challenges to reach its goal of improving mothers’ health and wellbeing, including unique demographic and environmental factors. Overall, a higher percentage of Indiana’s population is living in poverty or with a disability, compared to the overall US population. In contrast, a lower percentage of the population holds a Bachelor’s degree or lives in an urban area. These factors contribute to decreased access to appropriate healthcare, resulting in increased risk for poor maternal and infant health outcomes. Lack of access to obstetric care is another challenge facing Indiana’s women. According to 2018 data released by ISDH, Indiana is home to 86 birthing facilities. However, 35 out of the 92 counties are without a birthing hospital or an obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) provider, giving rise to inconsistent access to quality, timely, and specialized women’s healthcare during pregnancy and postpartum periods in those counties. This crisis continues to grow, as hospitals offering obstetric services continue to close their doors. Three hospitals have done so since the fall of 2017. A sustainable alternative to traditional clinic-based healthcare must continue to be developed.     

    Community paramedicine and Project Swaddle offer one novel approach to address Indiana’s unique challenges. The goal of community paramedicine is to improve access to care and avoid effort duplication. While these services are often used to address access to care issues among older adults or individuals with chronic diseases, Montgomery County, Indiana discovered the principles of their thriving community paramedicine program could be adapted to a population of at-risk pregnant women and mothers. Project Swaddle currently provides the best available level of prenatal care, along with additional services to prepare women for motherhood.  

    Although formal evaluation of this CPP has not yet been conducted, preliminary evaluation suggest women enrolled in the program have better than expected outcomes, as do their infants, compared to women not enrolled. Since CPPP implementation in Montgomery County, there have been lower NICU rates and length of hospital stays, fewer preterm births, and fewer child protective services removals than previously experienced among similar women in the community. We have conducted several case studies of the mothers enrolled in the program, which show consistent positive health outcomes for mothers and their infants. Additionally, women report improved social connections among friends and family, and increased community support through resources (e.g., connected to free car seat programs) and interpersonal relationships (e.g., relationship with paramedic).

    Biography

    Division Chief Paul Miller began his career on a paid on-call fire department in 1996 near Flint Michigan prior to accepting a full-time position in June of 1999 with the Crawfordsville Fire Department as a firefighter/EMT. In 2014 Chief Miller was appointed to the rank of Division Chief from Lieutenant where he continues to serve. Chief Miller has previously served as an adjunct instructor for Vincennes University & Ivy Technical College and is a regular featured speaker for many state and national conferences in addition to collaboratively constructing one of the most diverse community paramedicine programs in the country with many non-traditional partners.

  • 17 Aug 2020 3:05 PM | AIMHI Admin (Administrator)

    Leadership in Integrated Healthcare, Distinguished ServiceNominated by Cyndy Stone, PatientCare EMS Solutions

    As a certified paramedic, community paramedic and Director of Business Development / Community Paramedicine at Empress EMS (partner with PatientCare EMS Solutions), Hanan Cohen has served in the EMS Industry and Hospital Administration for over 30 years.  About 6 years ago, he started a quest to bring Mobile Integrated Health programs (Community Paramedicine (CP) to patients in the Bronx, NY and in Westchester County, NY.  Through his efforts, Empress EMS launched CP programs for both St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx and White Plains Hospital in White Plains, NY. These treat in place programs  primarily focus on reducing readmission of high-risk patients with chronic disease to the hospital and preventing the use of the emergency room for non-emergency issues.  This programs includes personal outreach to patients identified as higher risks and follow up with ER patients to help ensure that they do not return to the ER unnecessarily.     

    The development and implementation of these programs helped to prepare the Empress team for what was to come with COVID-19, when the NY State Department of Health called on them to provide the first testing in homes for high-risk patients and in nursing homes during the peak of the outbreak.  In addition, Hanan worked with NYS DOH to open the first COVID-19 drive through testing facility in New Rochelle which became a model for other testing sites opening across the country.     

    Hanan is a member of the American Ambulance Association National Corona Virus Workgroup, the Empress lead on the NYS DOH COVID-19 Task Force, a member of the NY Mobile Integrated HealthCare Alliance and a member of the AAA Payment Reform Committee.  His remarkable work in Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) was needed during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The well-established model along with the professional relationships developed through his work in MIH and CP created a clear recipe for operational success.  The stellar work, against many odds, during the crisis has become the focus of national attention.  He contracted the virus himself, although asymptomatic, and continued to lead during this effort while quarantined. He would be a worthy recipient of this prestigious award and a great example of how MIH leaders should lead from the front.

    During the pilot phase of the Community Paramedic program developed by Hanan in partnership with other medical professionals,  metrics measured were decrease in Emergency Room utilization and decrease in readmissions, both of which were achieved.  Part of the success was Hanan and his teams efforts to follow-up by phone to those in the high risk category.    

    During COVID-19, as the first agency to work with NYS Task Force to activate mobile testing in homes with high risk patients and nursing homes, the procedures were requested by the CDC and other states. Further, developing a consistent employee communication model to provide consistent and accurate information was key to keeping the Empress team motivated and properly informed.  This included but was not limited to frequent supervisor interaction, including supervisors or first wave of COVID-19 calls, daily debriefings, mobile app to maintain a consistent message and reliable information, email, internal Facebook with consistent messaging to ensure that staff were properly informed of protocol, procedure and that they knew they were critically important in ensuring a positive response to this crisis; proactive approaches to training and infection control procedures which were implemented prior to state and federal requirements which included producing videos and hand-outs on proper use of PPE; donning PPE prior to knocking on doors, stepping back after knocking, maintaining limited interactions; repeating screening questions, placing masks on every patient, and more.   

    In addition, to follow up on the CP programs' successes, Empress called treat-at-home COVID-19 patients to answer questions, and further assess symptoms.  They delivered food and medications to patients without access, followed up with doctors on behalf of patients to ensure proper medications and home health equipment.  During the very early stages of the outbreak, decontamination was taking 2.5 - 3 hours per vehicle which was a major strain on the business and it's already over-worked employees through this crisis.  To provide relief, Empress hired approximately 20 employee family members and friends who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic.  This provided needed relief to the employees, income for struggling families and a sense that the company understood the challenges and cared about its employees.     Hanan, with his vast EMS and Hospital administration knowledge coupled with his extensive experience with community paramedicine and now with COVID-19 pandemic management have resulted in many requests to consult and speak on the topics.

    Biography

    Hanan is the Director of Business Development and Community Paramedicine at Empress EMS.  He is a paramedic and community paramedic with 30 years experience in EMS and Hospital Administration.  His major focus is on new program design to provide collaborative community health programs with hospitals in Westchester County, NY and New York City.

  • 17 Aug 2020 3:01 PM | AIMHI Admin (Administrator)

    2020 Leadership In Integrated Healthcare Award, Research

    Dr. Brad Cannell has led an effort with two universities to test methods to make it easier and more reliable for EMTs to identify potential victims of elder abuse and neglect.  Brad has been the principle investigator for two studies for the detection of elder abuse through emergency care technicians (DETECT) studies.  The first project was funded by a grant awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and was conducted through the University of North Texas Health Science Center.     

    Results from the study have been published in JAMA - https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2765655     

    A current study is being conducted through Dr. Cannell’s affiliation with the University of Texas and is funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).     

    The mistreatment of the elderly is a serious and widespread public health problem with far-reaching implications, and often EMS may be the only ‘witness’ to the victimization.  Unfortunately, many EMTs are unaware of the subtle ways to detect elder abuse.  Dr. Cannell’s studies are helping determine the most effective ways EMTs can use tools and worksheets embedded into electronic patient care reports (ePCRs) to screen patients for potential elder abuse.   

    MedStar has participated in both of these studies, and has implemented training and ePCR worksheets to support these studies.  In the most recent study, MedStar community paramedics conduct face-to-face interviews with patients screened as being at high risk for potential elder abuse to test the worksheets for accuracy in reporting.

    The mean (SD) age of the 11 178 older adults included in this study was 76 (8) years (range, 65-105 years); there was no reported data on patient sex. A total of 18 080 reports of elder mistreatment were recorded. Medics within the study region reported more cases of elder mistreatment during the implementation of the screening tool (relative risk [RR], 4.14; 95% CI, 3.25-5.27). After adjusting for changes in the number of elder mistreatment reports in the comparison groups (ie, underlying changes in reporting trends), the number of reports to APS increased (RR, 3.03; 95% CI, 2.06-4.46). The occurrence of elder mistreatment was validated in 83% (95% CI, 75%-91%) of the reports investigated by APS during the periods when medics did not have access to the screening tool compared with 82% (95% CI, 77%-87%) during the periods when medics had access to the screening tool, indicating that there were no differences in the proportion of reports that resulted in a validated Adult Protective Services (APS) investigation.

    Biography

    Dr. Cannell received his PhD in Epidemiology, and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, in 2013 from the University of Florida. He received his MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology from the University of Louisville in 2009, and his BA in Political Science and Marketing from the University of North Texas in 2005. During his doctoral studies, he was a Graduate Research Assistant for the Florida Office on Disability and Health, an affiliated scholar with the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, and a student-inducted member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. In 2016, Dr. Cannell received a Graduate Certificate in Predictive Analytics from the University of Maryland University College, and a Certificate in Big Data and Social Analytics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   

    Dr. Cannell’s research is broadly focused on healthy aging and health-related quality of life. Specifically, he has published research focusing on preservation of physical and cognitive function, living/aging with disability, and understanding/preventing elder abuse. Additionally, he has a strong background and training in epidemiologic methods, and predictive analytics. He has been principal or co-investigator on multiple trials and observational studies in community and healthcare settings. He is currently the principal investigator on the Detection of Elder abuse Through Emergency Care Technicians (DETECT) project.

  • 17 Aug 2020 2:57 PM | AIMHI Admin (Administrator)

    Excellence in Value Demonstration or Research

    Video or Telephone? A Natural Experiment on the Added Value of Video Communication in Community Paramedic Responses

    Published peer reviewed research in Annuals of Emergency Medicine

    Annals of Emergency Medicine, 09 Jun 2020, DOI: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2020.04.026 PMID: 32534834

    Organizations Involved

    Northwell Health Center for EMS, Northwell Health Clinical Call Center, Northwell Health House Calls Program

    Abstract

    STUDY OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the effect of video versus telephonic communication between community paramedics and online medical control physicians on odds of patient transport to a hospital emergency department (ED).

    METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of data from a telemedicine-capable community paramedicine program operating within an advanced illness management program that provides home-based primary care to approximately 2,000 housebound patients per year who have advanced medical illness, multiple chronic conditions, activities of daily living dependencies, and past-year hospitalizations. Primary outcome was difference in odds of ED transport between community paramedicine responses with video communication versus those with telephonic communication. Secondary outcomes were physicians' perception of whether video enhanced clinical evaluation and whether perceived enhancement affected ED transport.

    RESULTS: Of 1,707 community paramedicine responses between 2015 and 2017, 899 (53%) successfully used video; 808 (47%) used telephonic communication. Overall, 290 patients (17%) were transported to a hospital ED. In the adjusted regression model, video availability was not associated with a significant difference in the odds of ED transport (odds ratio 0.80; 95% confidence interval 0.62 to 1.03). Online medical control physicians reported that video enhanced clinical evaluation 85% of the time, but this perception was not associated with odds of ED transport.

    CONCLUSION: We found support that video is considered an enhancement by physicians overseeing a community paramedicine response but is not associated with a statistically significant difference in transport to the ED compared with telephonic communication in this nonrandom sample. These results have implications for new models of out-of-hospital care that allow patients to be evaluated and treated in the home.

  • 17 Aug 2020 1:11 PM | AIMHI Admin (Administrator)

    August 17, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact Amanda Riordan

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    Washington, DC—Today, the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI) announced the winners of the second annual AIMHI Excellence in Integration Awards. These prestigious honors celebrate and promote high-performance, high-value EMS, its partners, and leaders.

    2020 winners are:

    “The 2020 Excellence in Integration Award winners represent the very best in mobile integrated healthcare. We are proud to honor these exceptional programs and individuals,” said AIMHI President Chip Decker.

    This year’s winners will be celebrated at the EMS World Virtual Expo, an e-learning event that will be attended by thousands of emergency medical services professionals from around the globe.

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    Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI)

    The Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI) represents high performance emergency medical and mobile healthcare providers in the U.S. and abroad. Member organizations are high-performance systems that employ business practices from both the public and private sectors.  By combining industry innovation with close government oversight, AIMHI members are able to offer unsurpassed service excellence and cost efficiency.

    Download the most recent AIMHI Benchmarking Report at www.aimhi.mobi.


  • 17 Aug 2020 11:21 AM | AIMHI Admin (Administrator)

    Nominated by Matt Zavadsky, Medstar Mobile Healthcare

    VITAS Healthcare of Fort Worth has partnered with MedStar Mobile Healthcare on a hospice revocation avoidance program since 2013.  

    The partnership is designed to prevent hospice revocations and enhance the experience of patients and families enrolled in VITAS’s hospice program by providing a ‘safety net’ in the event of a hospice-related 9-1-1 activation for the enrolled patient.     

    Patients/families at risk for a potential 9-1-1 activation are identified by VITAS and referred to MedStar for enrollment.    MedStar does an initial home visit for the family and patient to explain the goals of the partnership and explain what might typically happen in the event of a 9-1-1 call.     

    Enrolled patients are flagged in MedStar’s computer aided dispatch system and if 9-1-1 is activated, in addition to the regular EMS response, a MedStar Community Paramedic co-responds to the call.  MedStar’s communications center also notifies the on-call VITAS Hospice nurse of the response.     

    Once on scene, if the 9-1-1 activation is related to the patient’s hospice plan of care, the on-scene MedStar CP assists the patient and family with comfort measures, such as administration of medication from the patient’s ‘comfort pack’.  The VITAS on-call nurse is contacted by the CP for care coordination.  Typically, these patients are managed at home, without the need for an ambulance trip to the emergency room.  If, in the determination of the on scene MedStar CP, the VITAS nurse, and the family, the patient is not able to stay home, the VITAS nurse makes arrangements for the patient to be transferred to an in-patient hospice unit.   

    VITAS also has the capability to access MedStar to request an episodic home visit for an enrolled hospice patient to do an assessment, treatment and communication with the VITAS nurse.   

    This partnership has been profiled in numerous healthcare journals, and the Advisory Board Company.   

    To date, 462 patients have been enrolled in this program, and 9-1-1 was activated for the patients 208 times.  Of these calls, only 108 resulted in a transport from the home, and 17 of these were transported to an in-patient hospice unit.   

    Of the 462 patients referred who were at risk for revocation, only 89 (19.3%) experienced a revocation.

    Nominated Organization Description
    VITAS provides coordinated care and offers support to patients and their families with a range of options that corresponds to their specific needs. Guided by an individualized care plan, hospice care often begins with routine home care and includes a number of specialized services.      

    VITAS offers several key services that support patients and their families as they provide hospice care at home. Our Telecare clinicians are available via phone 24/7/365 to answer questions and dispatch someone to the bedside, if necessary. Medical equipment and medications are delivered to the home a well, and respite care provides up to 5 days of Medicare-certified inpatient care for a hospice patient so that family members can take a break from their caregiving duties to relax, unwind, recharge, travel, recover from an illness or attend other events.

    Date of Implementation: 2013

    Number and Demographics of Patients

    462 patients identified as at-risk for 9-1-1 activation and revocation of hospice status.

    Outcomes / Utilization

    To date, 462 patients have been enrolled in this program, and 9-1-1 was activated for the patients 208 times.  Of these calls, only 108 resulted in a transport from the home, and 17 of these were transported to an in-patient hospice unit.   

    Of the 462 patients referred who were at risk for revocation, only 89 (19.3%) experienced a revocation.

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2019 Award Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the 2019 AIMHI Award winners!

While many excellent nominations were received, the following were selected by the AIMHI Board and Education Committee as the 2019 Excellence in EMS Integration Award winners.

2019 Winners List

Excellence in EMS Integration Award (Tie)

Excellence in Public Information or Education Award

Excellence in Value Demonstration or Research

Leadership in Integrated Healthcare Award

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