QMC | Board & Collar for EMS

QMC | Board & Collar for EMS

Quick Med Claims (QMC) presents The Board and Collar Podcast Series for EMS Professionals. This uniquely developed pod-platform provides specialized programs for our listeners with thought-provoking and informative presentations including EMS Keynote, EMS Diagrams and revival of the acclaimed EMS pod-magazine, Excuse My Medic (starting August 2019).... Show More

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We continue out series of podcasts focused on “Peeling Back the Layers of the Cost Data Collection Instrument” by taking a look at Section 6, the Service Mix Section.  What percentage of your ground ambulance responses are emergency versus non-emergency?  What is an ALS Level 2 versus an ALS Level 1?  Does your service ever transport critically ill or injured patients from one facility to anot... Read more

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Welcome to QMC's 10Q30 EMS Leadership profile.  This month, we are featuring the The Trinidad Ambulance District from Trinidad, Colorado. Tune in to hear how leadership from this great organization serving rural Colorado responds to our ten questions in thirty minutes.  You will find their responses to each of our questions interesting and in many cases, thought-provoking.  This is a great 10Q so take a mo... Read more

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When reporting Service Volume in the Ground Ambulance Cost Data Collection instrument, how will you report stand-by incidents and intercepts?  How do your responses into primary and secondary response areas that you reported in Section 3, tie together into the data your report in Section 5.  And…what if your primary area’s zip code is exactly the same as your secondary response area’s zip code... Read more

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Welcome to the December 2019 edition of Excuse My Medic.  On today's show we get an updated look at the Cost Data Collection process and also take a moment as Gary gets on his soapbox about how compassion has become somewhat of a forgotten art in the emergency medical industry.  Some great Positive EMS News, a couple zany EMS stories and laughs with the EMS Word of the Day.  Don't miss out on this epis... Read more

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As promised, the Board and Collar communicators have prepared yet another episode dedicated to the Ground Ambulance Cost Data Collection mandate.  We chose certain sections of the online reporting tool instrument that, in our opinions, will cause the most stress for respondents.  As ground ambulance providers and suppliers compile and collect the necessary data that will be used to complete the online... Read more

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We’re learning more every day about the Cost Data Collection Instrument.  Beginning with this podcast, we’re going to peel the layers off the cost reporting “onion” and focus on the sections we think may be the most challenging for our listeners to complete when reporting.  Our first installment covers Part 4- Reporting Emergency Response Times.  We’ll explain what CMS is looking for when reporting in... Read more

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December 3, 2019 4 min


 

We all love the PCS Form (cough, cough) and we know what a joy it is to complete and get all the required boxes and signatures (cough again) for each non-emergent patient we transport.  Did you know there are changes forthcoming in January of 2020?  Yep, in the words of the late rocker, David Bowie, Ch..Ch..Ch..Changes are needed to make your PCS Form compliant and acceptable. 
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Welcome to this Special Edition of Excuse My Medic.  If you haven't familiarized yourself with the CMS Cost Data Collection program then this episode should be a "must listen" for you.  All ambulance services will be directly or indirectly affected by this program and already over 2,500 ambulance providers across the country have been notified of their required participation.  Whether your organiza... Read more

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Welcome to QMC's 10Q30 EMS Leadership profile.  This month, we are featuring the The Town of Derry New Hampshire. Tune in to hear Chuck Hemeon, Director of Town of Derry EMS as he responds to our ten questions in thirty minutes.  You will find Chuck's responses to each of our questions interesting and in many cases, thought-provoking.  This is a great 10Q so take a moment to join in and hear from one o... Read more

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Have Medicare Part B payments for ambulance transports increased or decreased in the last year?  Who saw more Medicare ambulance dollars and who saw fewer dollars? What were the Medicare Part B spending trends for ambulance transports in 2018 compared to the previous year?  We answer these questions and more in this edition of the QMC EMS|Board &Collar Podcast.

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November 14, 2019 67 min



Economics affects every business and every person. Understanding and preparing for the economic impact on your EMS organization is important and your ticket to keeping the lights on year round.  Do you have a budget and do you conform to it each year or do you just spend when there's a couple of extra dollars in the bank account? On this edition of the QMC EMS|Board & Collar we look at defining ... Read more

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You're probably reading this write-up after seeing the title and thinking you'll pass on this presentation.  Here's a tip - DON'T.  Understanding the Medicare Fee Schedule and how it affects your EMS organization is not only important,  it's something you need to pay attention to at least, annually.  Yes, we admit, this episode of the QMC EMS|Board & Collar does not contain a P... Read more

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Chances are your EMS agency’s HIPAA NPP is one of those necessary evils that no one thinks about.  Sometime two decades ago we all were keyed in to this requirement.  But, since then, maybe not so much.  How long has it been since you read over your NPP?  Does it contain all the latest language to incorporate the HITECH Act provisions?  Is it posted to your website and displayed somewhere in your stat... Read more

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In a rut?  Don't like change?  What's the problem?  The problem may be living in your bathroom mirror.  Take a look, examine yourself and ask, are you open to risk and reasonable change?  Today, in this edition of the QMC EMS|Board & Collar we'll discuss the crazy idea of embracing change.  


Speaker's Note:  Special thanks goes to Bob Holdsworth, President of The Holdswort... Read more

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There are many key issues affecting EMS operations each day but one of the largest issues affecting the industry across the nation is employee recruitment and retention. 
Join Gary and Tim Myers, Regional Human Resource Manager from Quick Med Claims as we explore best practices and tips for employee recruitment and retention in this edition of the QMC EMS|Board & Collar.


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Welcome to the October 2019 edition of Excuse My Medic.  On today's show we get an updated look at Surprise Ambulance Billing and the legislative process underway from our colleague and co-host, Ed Marasco.  Also, some great Positive EMS News and some laughs and entertainment with the EMS Word of the Day.  Don't miss out downloading this episode; it will make sitting in traffic on your way to or from w... Read more

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What does R4407CP, CPI-U, MFP and AIF have to do with the ambulance industry?  Let’s talk increase in the National Medicare Ambulance Fee Schedule where more money based on inflation is a good thing.  But there’s a catch.  If we’re more efficient in our processes in EMS, how does that affect the final approval amounts for payment from Medicare?  When there seems to be more questions than answers about Medicare... Read more

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October 16, 2019 6 min



Who decided long ago that work has to be all work?  Surely, most of us in the working world do NEED to work but does it have to be all work and no fun?  I think not.  Today, in this Keynote episode of the QMC EMS|Board & Collar we explore having fun at work.  Yes, having fun.  Fun needs to be an essential element of every workplace but probably none more importantly than the public safety sector and for th... Read more

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So, what's your plan Stan?  Great employee, chronic back pain and he/she comes to work with the Medical Marijuana card.  What is your approach, how is your policy written and gosh, what do you say in response when confronted with this new organizational challenge headed your way?  A few tips along the way for you to consider.  Not legal advice but surely some sound recommendations that you should pay atten... Read more

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Have you taken the time to gaze outside your own EMS backyard or do you live in the world that there is only one way to get things done and that's your current way? This is an ever-changing industry and one that requires us to be open-minded and vigilant to that change.  Today, we take a look at what happens when you choose to wear blinders and how far it can place you behind the power curve as well as way... Read more

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