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How to tell if you're ready to implement a community paramedicine program

July 6, 2017

    Community paramedicine programs can help address care needs of frequent ED users, recently discharged patients, and at-risk patient populations who lack access to primary care or adequate insurance coverage for home care services. Many health organizations have begun partnering with local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers to deliver patient-centered in-home health care services.

    Community paramedics generally have extensive experience as EMTs or paramedics and undergo additional training to equip them to operate in an expanded role. Responsibilities vary depending on the needs of the patient population, but generally involve connecting at-risk patients to critical resources and addressing existing gaps in services within the community.

    Prior to implementing a community paramedicine program, health care organizations should evaluate their readiness on several fronts: partner availability, buy-in from leaders and other stakeholders, target population needs, and available funding sources.

    Use this decision tree to see if your organization is ready to develop a community paramedicine program.

    Determine your organization's readiness to develop a community paramedicine program

    Determine your organization's readiness to develop a community paramedicine program 

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