Fire EMS, Health & Safety, Leadership

National Initiative Invites Ems Community to Recommend Performance Measures

EMS Compass, a national initiative to improve systems of care though meaningful performance measurement, is now soliciting recommendations for performance measures. Measures must be submitted via the initiative web site by May 31, 2015 for consideration.

“It is essential that the EMS community comes together and determines which measures truly define the provision of high-quality, patient-centered EMS care,” said Dia Gainor, executive director of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO). “The Call for Measures is one of several opportunities to contribute to an important initiative that will help EMS continue to play a significant role in protecting the public’s health and safety.”

EMS Compass Steering Committee Chairperson Bob Bass, M.D., adds, “The many volunteers participating in this initiative, including experts in EMS, health care and performance improvement, agree that this effort will be most successful with input from the EMS community and others who have ideas for how to measure the performance of EMS systems.”

Dr. Bass further explains that many EMS agencies have already developed performance measures as part of the quality improvement process and this is an opportunity to help others do the same.

Measures are welcome from anyone and must be submitted using the online Call for Measures form at

Following the completion of the Call for Measures on May 31, members of the EMS Compass initiative will host a series of public webinars to receive further input about the submitted measures. These webinars will help evaluate and prioritize the development of measures based on a few criteria, including:

  • Importance to the EMS community

  • Capability of EMS systems to measure and report the data

  • Available evidence supporting the measure

“Designing the right set of performance measures is critical to supporting local EMS systems across the nation in their efforts to improve the quality of the services and patient care they deliver,” said David Williams, Ph.D., Chair of the EMS Compass Measurement Design Group and a member of the faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

“Health care payers are looking for ways to link reimbursement to quality, so it is important for members of the EMS community to submit performance measures they feel truly measure the effectiveness of an EMS system.”

A call for measures is part of the measurement design process used by the National Quality Forum (NQF). EMS Compass plans to submit measures to the NQF for endorsement after testing and final approval by the initiative’s steering committee.