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
The past two years the National Association of State EMS Officials, National Association of EMS Physicians, and other industry leading organizations and experts have been working on an interstate compact for states’ consideration and enactment of REPLICA. REPLICA stands for “Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct”.
Compacts are not a new idea. They solve the pervasive dilemma of providing appropriately credentialed individuals from other states the legal ability to practice under specified conditions, introduce unprecedented accountability related to those personnel, and create means of information sharing among states that have never existed before. In order to become a member of REPLICA, Wisconsin must introduce legislation, enact it without any substantial changes, and the Governor must sign it into law. The Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin is committed to leading an effort to bring REPLICA to Wisconsin, because of its many, many benefits for ambulance services, especially those that transport patients into or border other states.
In this conversation, we’ll discuss with the National Association of State EMS Officials Executive Director Dia Gainor the advantages to you as a patient care provider, your ambulance service and the state.
On another topic, healthcare is moving more towards performance based measures, and with EMS having a part in healthcare delivery, NASEMSO and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration will be working the next 18 months to develop a set of EMS performance standards. We’ll cover that topic with Dia as well. Listen to EMS to the Point.
Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (draft)
EMS Performance Measurement (EMS Compass) Website
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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.