Friday, June 28, 2024

EMS Operations - Rural Paramedics Making House Calls

In Terlingua, Texas, a new community paramedicine program is helping reduce emergency room visits by having paramedics regularly check on residents with chronic health issues.

This initiative addresses the lack of nearby hospitals and doctors, providing preventative care and support, especially for elderly and reclusive individuals.
Funded by a USDA grant, the program aims to prove its cost-effectiveness by lowering readmissions, despite current challenges with insurance reimbursements for paramedic house calls.
The goal is to sustain these programs through demonstrated economic and health benefits.
A recent NAEMT report listed more than 150 of these kinds of community paramedicine programs across the country yet economic models are challenging.
For more details, visit the article below.

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