The Graham Medical Response

What is the ET3 Model and How will it Affect Emergency Transport Services?

Posted by Graham Medical on Dec 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM

A new Medicare payment model for emergency transport is being piloted from January 2020. The Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport Model (ET3) is a five-year optional payment program designed to curb overutilization of Emergency Departments (ED) and overtreatment of Medicare beneficiaries requiring emergency medical care.

Under the ET3, ambulance providers will now be reimbursed for providing triage on the scene or transporting patients to lower-acuity care settings rather than the currently incentivized option - the emergency room. This alternative payment model was announced in February 2019 by Health and Human Services Secretary, Adam Azar.

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Topics: EMS

What You Need to Know About PTSD in First Responders

Posted by Graham Medical on Nov 25, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that affects people who have experienced frightening or shocking events. Symptoms include anxiety, depression and intrusive thoughts and memories that continue to affect day-to-day life, wellbeing and peace of mind long after the traumatic event has passed.

Unfortunately, people who put their lives on the line in the service of others often suffer from PTSD. Though first responders are trained to deal with tragedy and trauma, these events inevitably take their toll.

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Topics: EMS Health, PTSD

Doing More with Less During Disaster Response

Posted by Graham Medical on Nov 18, 2019 1:00:00 PM

According to this article by the Insurance Information Institute, the number of yearly natural catastrophes in the United States has doubled from 27 to 55 from 2009 to 2018. In 2018 alone, the FBI designated 27 shooting incidents in 16 states as active shooter incidents, resulting in 213 casualties and 85 deaths. These figures may be harrowing, but as this article indicates, they paint a clear picture: natural and man-made disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity.

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Topics: EMS

Focusing on Fitness For First Responders

Posted by Graham Medical on Oct 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM

People often look upon first responders as heroic. They rush towards danger when other people might run away. And the physical demands of being a first responder are undeniable. First responders are in charge of patient maneuvering debris, breaking down barriers, and patient transport. There's even a type of "carry" named after the fireman. 

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Topics: EMS, EMS Health

Rescue Task Forces vs. Tactical Medics: What's The Difference

Posted by Graham Medical on Oct 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Everyday Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders provide an important service in treating and transporting patients with minor injuries up to serious, life-threatening conditions. While highly trained and skilled, neither the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), nor the Paramedic was ever meant to be an expert in mass casualty incidents such as an active shooter event. Just as police units have regular patrol and also SWAT, medical responders also need specialized response teams. 

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Topics: EMS

Overcoming the Challenges of Rescue Task Forces

Posted by Graham Medical on Sep 10, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Rescue Task Forces (RTF) were created to respond to the immediate need of first responders for a more coordinated and streamlined response to mass casualty incidents, such as mass shootings. When multiple emergency response units are on a scene at the same time, coordination is key to ensuring both patient and provider health. RTFs provide this coordination along with preplanned protocols to promote optimal outcomes. While RTFs have greatly improved mass casualty response, they are not without some challenges.

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Topics: MegaMover®, EMS

What Are Rescue Task Forces and Why We Need Them

Posted by Graham Medical on Sep 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Active shooters want to cause chaos. This chaos quickly spreads beyond victims and bystanders and can affect first responders too. When the key to saving lives is a fast response, there is no time to stop and wonder who is in charge. This need is why Rescue Task Forces were created, to streamline responses, coordinate multiple groups and facilitate faster care and treatment of victims.

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Topics: MegaMover®, EMS

Agencies Involved In Disaster Management and Tools to Help Them

Posted by Graham Medical on Jul 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM


Disaster preparedness is critical to ensure an effective response when natural or human-initiated disasters strike.  Depending on the type of incident, agencies involved can include local authorities, state government, and federal agencies. Disasters such as flooding, storm destruction, earthquakes and volcanoes may cause widespread damage, injuries and death. Moreover, mass casualty incidents, such as the  2017 concert shooting in Las Vegas, are just as deadly and the emergency planning aides in providing the appropriate response. 
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Topics: MegaMover®

Understanding START and SALT For Multiple Casualty Incidents

Posted by Graham Medical on Jul 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Mass casualties require mass coordination by first responders. One of the most vital areas of this coordination in the treatment of victims is triage. Fortunately, experienced triage experts have been working to improve specialized response protocols to ensure that treatment is prioritized by those who need life-saving care first, while also improving the transportation times and safety of all involved. It is important that first responders stay up to date on the latest triage tactics for active shooter and mass casualty incidents. These tactics are designed to increase efficiency and determine the people who need help the most.

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Topics: MegaMover®, EMS Patient Transport

Mass Casualty Plan: The Impact of First Responder Collaboration

Posted by Graham Medical on Jun 25, 2019 10:00:00 AM


Emergency response often falls into distinct categories that naturally designate a situational lead based on the circumstances. For example, the fire department will typically take the lead when responding to a house fire, the police force generally is placed in command during an assault, and overdoses or mental health emergency responses are often led by the paramedics. 

But mass shootings are different.
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Topics: MegaMover®, EMS