Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association

Summer MO EMS Connection Online

The summer issue of the Missouri EMS Connection is available now. If you want to view the digital version, view it here!

The Missouri EMS Connection is the new quarterly magazine that educates, informs, leads, and connects the EMS community. This high-quality, full-color publication is being published by the Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association (MEMSA) for EMS professionals across Missouri and beyond. In the future, we hope to involve other EMS associations in Missouri to connect all facets of EMS in Missouri and get a broad range of articles and information out to EMS professionals.

A new submission policy was approved by the magazine editorial board in July 2015. Download the Missouri EMS Connection Submission Policy here.  If you have an interest in submitting articles or photos, contact Editor Mary Napier.

To make sure you receive future copies of the magazine, join MEMSA today!

MEMSA is NOT closed…..

The Board of Directors of the Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association (MEMSA) would like to dispel recent misinformation that the Association has closed. The truth and fact is that the Missouri Emergency Medical Association is alive and active and is simply experiencing reorganization.

As a part of this process, the building that formally housed administrative activities has been placed on the market. All administrative activities including phone, fax, and email communication are being handled on a daily basis from other sites. There are many state-wide organizations that conduct business in this manner.

During reorganization, MEMSA’s National Registry Testing operations have been temporarily suspended pending review of best test practices. Be assured that MEMSA, as a not-for-profit organization, will provide fair, equitable, and consistent testing services that assures the Bureau of EMS and patients in Missouri competent and knowledgeable licensed pre-hospital personnel.

While many may identify MEMSA only with testing, there are numerous other less visible projects MEMSA has sponsored either individually or with other associations including: FRA which has the potential of generating 6-8 million dollars a year for ground ambulance systems; Paramedic and EMT candidates scholarships; MO EMS Conference & Expo; ICE Spring Break; CODE 3 publication; 9-1-1 legislative efforts; Time Critical Diagnosis system; Awards for Outstanding EMS personnel and numerous other events/issues over the years.

MEMSA has provided a voice for EMS well over 35 years and will continue to represent EMS providers in many areas. We hope to offer professional testing service in Missouri for the Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician again in the near future.

We encourage your input and the continued support for MEMSA through membership with your fellow Emergency Medical Service personnel. Together, MEMSA and you can ensure the growth and competent delivery of Emergency Medical Services in Missouri.

Board of Directors

Board Decision to Suspend Testing

The MEMSA organization was developed to give the individual EMS professionals a unified voice to help improve the quality of EMS in the State of Missouri. It has worked to enhance the capabilities of EMS instructors and give resources to training entities so the education of EMS professionals could remain ahead of the National Standard minimums.

MEMSA has worked very hard for nearly 30 years to host testing for EMT, advanced EMT, and Paramedic candidates in the state of Missouri and the different regions. MEMSA has always been committed to assure that standardized quality testing be maintained. The Board felt at this time with developments in testing a change needed to be done. In the November Board meeting a decision was made by the Board to suspend the Testing of EMT’s, Advanced EMT’s and Paramedics after the last posted test date of 2014. MEMSA will be working to restructure the business model.

MEMSA and the Board will continue to work diligently to assure the voice of EMS professionals in Missouri are represented at the State and Federal Level. MEMSA will continue to work to benefit the EMS profession and work to enhance the EMS systems in Missouri.

2014 Board of Directors

Christian Hospital EMS named National Provider of the Year

Christian Hospital emergency medical services (EMS) was named the 2014 National EMS Service Provider of the Year by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and EMS World magazine. CH EMS team members will receive the award at the NAEMT General Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation, Nov. 10, in Nashville, and be honored the following morning at the EMS World Expo’s opening ceremony.

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MAA October Management Conf. – October 16, 2014

Missouri Ambulance Associations October Management Conference is being held October 16, 2014at the Lodge of 4 Seasons, Lake Ozark, Mo.

We have some great programs lined up including a report from Christian Hospital EMS on their experience in the Ferguson riots as well as a program on Documentation and the new ICD-10’s.

Good information for Management/Administration/Office & Billing Personnel as well as field staff, so don’t miss this great opportunity for education and networking.

To register follow this link:   http://www.cvent.com/d/x4qtk6/4W

Please make your hotel reservations by October 2nd by calling 888-265-5500  or by following the link https://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1306489&hotelID=17336.

Paramedic Practical 10/4/14 KC

A familiarization will  held on Friday evening from 6-8 at the testing location.  Please RSVP to memsa@memsa.org if you wish to attend.

EMS Instructor Course & Refresher Courses

Excelsior Springs Area Career Center will be offering a 40-hour EMS Instructor Course November 1, 2, 8, 9 from 8am – 6pm.  The cost is $375.00

Please click here for more information: EMS Instructor course flyer

They will also be offering Refresher courses coming up soon.  Minimum enrollments required.

Paramedic (48 hour) October 11, 12 & 18, 19 8am to 8pm.  Cost is $290.00

EMT-B (24 hour) November 8, 9 8am to 8pm.  Cost is $180.00

4th Annual Gateway Pediatric Trauma Conference

Please see the following link for more information on this conference: 4th Annual Gateway Pediatric Trauma Conference Registration

Code3 Conference

Code3 Conference

If you are an out of hospital provider, regardless of licensure level, you should not miss this conference. The Code3 Conference, put on by the EMS Section of Washington University on October 23-24, 2014, will introduce you to the latest advances in out of hospital medicine. It will cover a broad range of information in short 25 minute presentations without bogging conference attendees down in scientific details. 15 hours of continuing education in cardiac resuscitation, trauma, medical, OB\GYN and pediatrics will be provided over 2 days. The Code3 Conference will change how you look at out of hospital medicine.

For more information, check out Code3 Conference Here.

Missouri Law on Community Paramedic

Please click the following link to see the Missouri Law on Community Paramedic: http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C100-199/1900000098.HTM

See other links to visit regarding this topic as well:

Community Paramedic Proposed Rule final 03172014

Letter to SAC re community paramedic rule 032020141

**EXAMPLE**EMT Community Paramedic Application (2)

More Community Paramedic Information

Please see the following link for information regarding the MN Dept. of Medicaid explanation of how the their $60/hour payment for Community Paramedic services are handled: MN Dept. of Medicaid Explanation on Community Paramedic