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Wisconsin EMS Office Memos for First Responder and Cross Border Mutual Aid, Coming Soon:  Ops Plan Online Submission Process

March 16, 2016 -  19 minutes and 39 seconds
Guest:  James Newlun, EMS Director, State of Wisconsin

Last year was a busy year for EMS at the state capitol with three bills passing the Senate and Assembly and ultimately being signed into law by Governor Scott Walker.  New laws that quickly come to mind include the Tax Refund Interception Program (TRIP), which was spearheaded by PAAW, as well as laws allowing First Responders to operate as one member of a two-person legal ambulance crew, and cross border mutual aid and coverage agreements.

In July 2015 James Newlun took the helm as State of Wisconsin EMS Director. 

James oversees the state’s EMS Office, which is truly the nerve center for anything and everything EMS.  There are a lot of moving parts that include review of operation plans, event plan approvals and individual, provider and training center licensing requests and renewals.  Wisconsin is a large and robust statewide EMS delivery system that includes over 800 ambulance services and first responder groups and 22,000 licensed individuals.

Recently, PAAW Executive Director Joe Covelli had the opportunity to discuss with James two memos his office released in January about First Responders and mutual aid and coverage agreements.  He’s also working to streamline the way ambulance operation plan changes are submitted to the state.  Once launched in the coming months, the new approach will avoid delays and just be more efficient. 

Additional Resources

>> EMS Numbered Memo 16-01 describes how a service can add
First Responders to function as a member of a legal crew for the service.

>> EMS Numbered Memo 16-02 explains the difference between Mutual Aid and Coverage Agreements. Each has its specific purpose and one should not be used for both situations.


>> State EMS Office Staff Contact Directory

>> State of Wisconsin EMS Office Website

>> Webcast interview with State EMS Office Licensing Coordinator Helen Pullen on the
 licensing renewal process and deadline of June 30, 2016


Helpful Checklists

>> Wisconsin Scope of Practice
>> Medication List

Webcast Library

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2016

>> Wisconsin EMS Office Memos for First Responders and Cross Border Mutual Aid, Ops Plan Oline Submission Process Coming Soon, March 16, 2016, 19 minutes and 39 seconds, Guest:  James Newlun, EMS Director, State of Wisconsin

>> Advanced Directives:  A Healthcare Instrument of Choice, January 12, 2016, 21 minutes and 07 seconds, Guest:  Bob Kelter, Paramedic, Baraboo District Ambulance and social worker specialist

2015

>> CPR Adjunct Devices and New Research Findings that will Surprise You!, December 11, 2015 - 24 minutes and 02 secondsGuest:  Dr. Joseph Holley, CPR Expert, EMS Medical Director State of Tennessee and Memphis Fire Dept.

>> Fire service identifies with use of community paramedicine/MIH, November 6, 2015 - 31 minutes and 17 secondsGuest:  Robert Whitaker, Fire Chief, North Shore Fire Rescue, Brown Deer, WI

>> Finally!  EMS data performance measuresAugust 13, 2015 - 21 minutes and 19 secondsGuest:  Nick Nudell, EMS Compass Initiative Project Manager, National Association of State EMS Officials

>> How to Get There:  Defining Community Paramedicine for Today and Tomorrow, June 1, 2015 - 31 minutes and 40 seconds, Guest:  Gary Wingrove, Director of Strategic Affairs, Gold Cross Ambulance, affiliated with Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, Rochester, MN

>> Same Tool, Enhanced Use:  Nasal Cannula Apneic Oxygenation, April 27, 2015 - 18 minutes and 45 seconds, Guest:  Dr. Mark Westfall, Medical Director for Gold Cross Ambulance - Fox Valley and the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin

>> REPLICA is the Way Forward for Interstate Licensing, March 18, 2015 - 20 minutes and 10 seconds, Guest:  Dia Gainor, Executive Director, National Association of State EMS Officials

>> Raising the Bar: A Medical Director's Quality Improvement Initiatives, February 1, 2015 - 18 minutes and 18 seconds, Guest:  Dr. Steve Stroman, Medical Director at Eagle III, Oshkosh Fire, DePere Fire and Rescue, and Oconto Falls Area Ambulance

>> Wisconsin Healthcare Coalition Surges Forward, February 1, 2015 - 17 minutes and 53 seconds, Guest:  Dr. Michael Clark, Co-Medical Advisor, Wisconsin Healthcare Coalitions

2014

>> Recent Election Outcomes and EMS, November 14, 2014 - Run Time 20 min:39 sec, Guest:  Brian Schimming, Partner at Midwest Strategy Group; First Vice Chair, Republican Party of Wisconsin; political talk show host; and PAAW Legislative Lobbyist

>> Cardiotronix:A Single-Source EMS Equipment Maintenance Provider, October 8, 2014 - Run Time 15 min: 31 sec, Guest:  Craig Harmon, Founder/President/CEO at Cardiotronix

>> STEMI:  A System Approach to Care, September 30, 2014 - Run Time 15 min: 28 sec., Guest:  Katie Sahajpal, Director of Quality and Systems Improvement, American Heart Association

>> ACTIVE SHOOTER:  Preparation and Training for Emergency Responders, August 5, 2014 - Run Time 16 min: 24 sec, Guests: Lt. James Mac Gillis, City of Milwaukee Police Dept. and Captain Michael Wright, City of Milwaukee Fire Dept.
 
>> Is Mobile Integrated Healthcare the answer to EMS' future?, June 3, 2014 - Run Time 22 min:17 sec, Guest:  Scott Cravens, Group Publisher, EMS World

>> Raising the Colors for Wisconsin's EMTs, May 14, 2014 - Run Time 13 min: 2 sec, Guest:  Craig Nelson, Executive Officer, Wisconsin EMS Honor Guard

>> EMS on the Hill Day "On Message" in DC, April 23, 2014 - Run Time 13 min: 40 sec, Don Lundy, President, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

>> Preparing Your Ambulance Service for the Affordable Care Act, April 8, 2014 - Run Time 13 min: 56 sec, Attorney Thomas Shorter, Godfrey and Kahn Law Firm, Madison, WI

>> Feeling the Pinch:  IV Fluids Remain in Limited Supply, March 18, 2014 - Run Time 13 min: 50 sec, Guest: Stacey Barksdale Price, Product Manager of IV Therapy and Pharmaceuticals,
Bound Tree Medical

>> EMS 2020 Vision Report and More with A.J., March 5, 2014 - Run Time 15 min: 5 sec, Guest:  A.J. Heightman, Editor-in-Chief, JEMS and EMS Today Conference

>> AAA Update:  Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act and more..., February 14, 2014 - Run Time 17 min: 57 sec, Guest:  Tristan North, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, American Ambulance Association, Washington, D.C.

>> Trans 309:  Change is coming for WI Ambulances.  Meet the Man in the Driver's Seat, January 22, 2014 - Run Time 11 min: 35 sec, Guest:  Bernard (Bud) Coxhead, Manager, Wisconsin State Patrol, Bureau of Transportation Safety, Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit

2013

>> Critical Care Paramedic Update, February 2, 2013 - Run Time 8:17, Guest:  Fred Hornby, Paramedic Coordinator, State of Wisconsin EMS Office

>> Become A Data Driven Ambulance Service, January 14, 2013 - Run Time 25:11, Guest:  Kep Anderson, EMS Director, City of Sun Prairie

>> President Signs Ambulance Medicare Relief Extension and EMT Line of Duty Death Benefit, January 10, 2013 - Run Time 17:58, Guest:  Tristan North, Vice President of Government Affairs, American Ambulance Association

2012

>> How to Manage Your EMS Risk and Protect Your Operation, December 12, 2012 - Run Time 17:06, Guest:  Pat Daglio, Vice President of Marketing, McNeil and Company

>> NHTSA's Assessment on the State of Wisconsin's EMS System Is In, November 13, 2012 - Run Time 23:17, Guest:  Brian Litza, State of Wisconsin EMS Director

>> Maintain Your Local EMS Identity, September 19, 2012 - Run Time 28:50, Guest:  Ernie Rodriguez, EMS Chief, Austin-Travis County EMS, Austin, Texas

>> Time to Pay Attention to EMT Wage and Labor Laws, September 18, 2012 - Run Time 18:50, Guest:  Jim Chiolino, Director, Labor Standards Bureau, WI Dept. of Workforce Development

>> DHS Issues Medicaid Policy Change Following PAAW Effort, June 29, 2012 - Run Time 15:42, Guest:  Patrick Ryan, President, Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin

>> Change Brings Clarity for Critical Care Paramedic and Advanced EMT, June 14, 2012 - Run Time 15:42, Guest:  Fred Hornby, ALS Coordinator (Paramedic) and Chuck Happel, ALS Coordinator (Intermediate), State of Wisconsin EMS Office

>> ICD-10 Codes for Patient Billing:  What You Need To Know, April 13, 2012 - Run Time 11:25, Guest:  Debbie Rickelman, Senior Director, Information Center, Wisconsin Hospital Association & Chairperson, Wisconsin ICD-10 Collaborative Committee

Three Part Series:  EMS Drug Shortage and Ongoing Product Backorders

>> Part 1:  EMS Pharmaceutical Backorders (Product Distribution), February 29, 2012 - Run Time 15:55, Guest:  Stacey Barksdale Price, Pharmaceutical and IV Therapy Marketing Manager, Bound Tree Medical

>> Part 2:  Pharmaceutical Backorders (State of Wisconsin EMS Office), March 5, 2012 - Run Time 10:35, Guest:  Fred Hornby, ALS Coordinator (Paramedic), State of Wisconsin EMS Office

>> Part 3 - State EMS Medical Director on Drug Shortage:  Be Flexible, March 28, 2012 - Run Time 22:10, Guest:  Dr. Charles Cady, EMS Medical Director, State of Wisconsin

2011

>> E.V.E.N.T - A New Self Reporting Safety Notification Tool for EMS, December 17, 2011 - Run Time 13;30, Guest:  Gary Wingrove, Government Relations & Strategic Affairs, Mayo Clinic Medical Transportation

>> Increasing the Odds in Getting Paid for Patient Transports, November 23, 2011 - Run Time 12:10, Guest:  Ryan Reid, Senior Accounts Receivable Consultant, Transworld Systems, Inc.

>> Wisconsin's New Conceal Carry Weapons Law and EMS, November 2, 2011 - Run Time 12:45, Guest:  Sgt. Kevin Bygd, Dunn County Sheriff's Office

>> Your EMS Budget:  Validate, Present, Defend, July 28, 2011 - Run Time 21:00, Guest:  Aarron Reinert, Executive Director, Lakes Region EMS

>> Community Paramedics:  An Emerging EMS Delivery Model in the U.S., June 2, 2011 - Run Time 17:00, Guest:  Gary Wingrove, Government Relations & Strategic Affairs, Mayo Clinic Medical Transportation

>> Wisconsin Medicaid Broker Update, May 18, 2011 - Run Time 12:40, Guest:  Patrick Ryan, President, Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin

>> Wisconsin-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, May 12, 2011 - Run Time 12:00, Guest:  Jason Liu, MD, Acting Commander, Wisconsin-1 DMAT

>> Wisconsin Medicaid Patient Runs Go Thru Broker Staring July 1, April 8, 2011 - Run Time 8:00, Guest:  Patrick Ryan, President, Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin

>> 2010 EMS Executive of the Year, Presented by the National EMS Management Association, March 14, 2011 - Run Time 11:35, Guest:  Ernie Rodriguez, Director, Austin-Travis County (Texas) EMS

>> The Silent Killer:  Carbon Monoxide and Public Safety Workers, March 2, 2011 - Run Time 11:01, Guest:  Randolph Mantooth (aka Firefighter Paramedic John Gage from the 1970's TV Series "EMERGENCY!"), Actor, Writer, Producer, Speaker



EMS to the Point is an audio interview program dedicated to the most current and emerging EMS topics in Wisconsin. 

This brief interview program comes to the point talking with those at the top or with the answers. PAAW began producing the program in 2010.  Since its inception over 50 interviews have been completed totaling more than 30,000 downloads.

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About Your Webcast Host

Joe Covelli


Joe is executive director at the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin.  He joined PAAW in January 2010 as director of business and development.

His professional and volunteer ambulance and emergency medical service work began in 1988 at Fitch-Rona EMS in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.  He's held national, regional and state EMS leadership positions, to include:  director of sales and public relations at the Wisconsin EMS Association, EMS EXPO (now EMS World) and Firehouse EMS national conference show manager at Cygnus Business Media, and regional manager and director of strategic initiatives at Life Link III, an air medical and ground ambulance provider in Minneapolis. 

In addition, Joe was appointed by Governor Jim Doyle to the Wisconsin EMS Advisory Board and served a four year term from 2004 to 2008.  He's held committee positions with the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT) and Los Angeles County Fire Museum's Pioneers of Paramedicine Project.

Joe earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and bachelor's degree in radio/TV broadcast management from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. 

You may reach him directly at 414-236-4192 or by email.















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