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EMS Compass Announces Town Hall Format June Webinar Series

EMS Compass, a national initiative to improve systems of care though meaningful performance measurement, will host a series of webinars June 15-18, 2015. The webinars are the best way for members of the EMS community and other stakeholders to provide feedback on the quality and performance measures topics under consideration for further development and testing.

Throughout the month of May 2015, EMS Compass held an open “Call for Measures,” and more than 300 measures were submitted through the initiative website, emscompass.org. Now is the public’s chance to discuss the measures that were proposed and provide input that will help the EMS Compass team prioritize and refine these measures. Measures are evaluated based on criteria such as their importance for EMS to measure and report to their communities and patients, the ability of EMS systems to collect and analyze the data, and the evidence supporting the validity of the measure.

“Input from the entire EMS community allows us to ensure that the EMS Compass quality and performance measures will be relevant and useful for the diverse EMS systems we have across the nation,” said Bob Bass, M.D., Chair of the EMS Compass Steering Committee. “The result of this initiative will provide local EMS systems with a way to demonstrate their value in the community and quality for their patients leading to continuous improvement, resulting in high-quality patient care and safe, efficient services.”

The ten webinars will be organized by type of performance measure domain, or related area of interest. (For more information about the domains, see below.) Members of the EMS Compass Initiative will lead the webinars, which will focus on discussing the specific types of measures that have been proposed and receiving community input.

“The EMS Compass team has been very excited by the level of interest and participation from the entire EMS community,” said Dia Gainor, executive director of the National Association of State EMS Officials, which is managing the initiative.

Webinar schedule:

Patient and Family Engagement:               June 15, Noon EDT

Patient Safety:                                                        June 15, 4 p.m. EDT

Care Coordination:                                              June 16, Noon EDT

Population/Public Health:                             June 16, 2 p.m. EDT

Efficient Use of Healthcare Resources:                   June 16, 4 p.m. EDT

Clinical Process/Effectiveness:                   June 17, Noon EDT

EMS Workforce:                                                      June 17, 2 p.m. EDT

EMS Fleet:                                                                  June 17, 4 p.m. EDT

EMS Data:                                                                   June 18, 2 p.m. EDT

EMS Finance:                                                            June 18, 4 p.m. EDT

Learn more and register for a webinar at EMSCompass.org.