NEMSMA Releases New Position Paper on Paramedicine Nomenclature

The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) has issued a new Position Paper promoting common language in the field of Paramedicine. NEMSMA is advocating that the term “Paramedicine” be used to describe the discipline of pre-hospital medicine (historically called EMS) and that the term “paramedic” become the standard reference to all individual providers.

For nearly half of a century US ambulance services and providers alike have used a variety of names to describe themselves and the work they do. A statement published by The National EMS Advisory Council in December, 2016 cited no less than 37 terms used today to describe this field of health care. Among other points, NEMSMA’s paper asserts that this plethora of terms has, “…perpetuated confusion amongst members of the general public, the media, law makers and insurance providers. There is no common appreciation of the expertise and breadth of services provided by the paramedicine industry and paramedic providers today.”

The NEMSMA position is intended to generate a national dialogue about the issue leading to positive change.

You can find the position paper at this link.

The National EMS Management Association Introduces the Information and Technology Committee

Are you interested in the information and technology needed to provide better patient care and support agency management?
Then we invite you to join and participate in NEMSMA’s newly formed Information and Technology Committee!
The Board of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is happy to announce the formation of its 11th committee, the Information and Technology Committee (ITC). Each committee has a board liaison to support the committee chairperson appointed by the president. NEMSMA members volunteer their expertise and time to pursue the goals and objectives of the association.
Board member Nick Nudell, serving as the ITC Board liaison, commented, “This is the perfect way for paramedics interested in information and technology to get involved in their profession.” The ITC is responsible for establishing the professional expectations and competencies required of an EMS agency’s information managers. NEMSMA President Vince Robbins says, “These are equivalent to the CIO positions in most corporations.”
The ITC will establish a new ITC Officer credential along with education requirements for the various facets of the ITC role, and develop materials to support this officer’s responsibility as a critical team member. The ITC will work to develop position papers on this subject and identify best practices for information management in EMS agencies. 
Current NEMSMA members wishing to serve on the Information and Technology Committee may go to to complete the Contact Form or by e-mailing Board Liaison Nick Nudell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If you are not currently a member, please consider joining NEMSMA today and lending your support to the continued advancement of the emergency medical services industry.  You can do so by visiting our website at or calling Membership Coordinator, Melissa Coons at 888-424-9850. 

NEMSMA Members - A Discount on Pinnacle Registrations

The Pinnacle Leadership Conference runs August 7-11, 2017 at Boca Raton Resort & Club, Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Boca Raton Florida.

Pinnacle is the year’s most anticipated event for EMS. The conference provides a forum for leaders who want to understand how EMS can reach its full potential as an integral partner in the healthcare system. The opportunity to learn, network and collaborate with industry experts is unparalleled.

NEMSMA members receive a $50 discount on the main conference. Use the discount code NEMSMA50 when registering (not to be used in conjunction with other main conference discounts). You can register online by visiting

Like last year, NEMSMA will have a full schedule of meetings, exams and outreach. This includes the annual NEMSMA member meeting. See below for the NEMSMA schedule at Pinnacle.


We hope to see you in Boca Raton!


NEMSMA Expands EMS Officer Credentialing Program

The National EMS Management Association is expanding its EMS Officers’ Competencies & Credentialing program in 2017, rolling out the Managing EMS Officer exam at the Pinnacle EMS Leadership and Management Conference, August 7-11, 2017 in Boca Raton, FL. The Managing EMS Officer exam will include both a written test segment and oral boards. This test will also be available at EMS World Expo and the AAA’s Annual Conference. NEMSMA also offers preparation courses to help candidates understand the format and style of the examinations. Prep courses include a review of the Competencies and are routinely scheduled at exam locations before certification exams. Candidates can choose to take the prep course at any time before registering for the exam.
NEMSMA rolled out the first, national, comprehensive EMS Officers assessment and certification program last year with its inaugural examination for Supervising EMS Officers, held at the PINNACLE EMS Leadership & Management Conference. More than two-dozen individuals successfully completed the application process, submitted required prerequisite documentation regarding eligibility, and passed the validation written test in June of last year. They are the very first EMS officers in the country to be officially recognized and certified as EMS Supervising Officers.
The Association will provide additional testing opportunities for EMS Supervising Officer throughout 2017, most notably at the Northwest Colorado EMS Leadership Conference, the PINNACLE EMS Leadership & Management conference, EMS World Expo, and the American Ambulance Association’s Annual (AAA) Conference.
To read more about NEMSMA’s EMS Officers’ Competencies and Credentialing program go to our web site at To apply for testing or register for a preparation course, go to 


Background:  NEMSMA encourages our members and everyone involved in EMS & Paramedicine to advocate for issues important to pre-hospital providers and Paramedicine locally and on Capital Hill.
EMS on the Hill Day is an excellent program that provides opportunities for individuals to spend a day in Washington DC meeting with members of Congress or their staffs to promote issues critical to EMS.     
Scholarship:  NEMSMA is offering a scholarship to fund one NEMSMA member’s attendance at EMS on the Hill Day on April 24th, 2017. The scholarship includes: 
  • Travel Expenses up to $700 (travel expenses include airfare, train or mileage and hotel room)
  • EMS on the Hill Registration Fee Paid 
Note: EMS Transformation Summit ($75) is not included in scholarship
Applicant must be a NEMSMA member in good standing and submit:    
  1. A complete EMS on the Hill Day Scholarship Application no later than February 24th.
  2. A current resume or CV.
  3. A letter of support from your agency for your attendance at EMS on the Hill.
Note:  Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously attended EMS on the Hill Day.  Scholarship recipient agrees to take photos of the event and to write a follow up article for the NEMSMA newsletter within 15 days of attendance at the event. 

UPDATED Timeline:                

  • January 15th – Announcement of Scholarship
  • EXTENDED DEADLINE!!!!!   NEW DEADLINE: Friday, February 24th – Applications for scholarship due
  • Feb 24th to March 6th – Review of applications (applications will be reviewed, scored and candidate will be selected by the NEMSMA Board of Directors) 
  • March 10th – Announcement of recipient of scholarship
  • April 25th – EMS on the Hill 2017 
Completed applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will receive a confirmation e-mail within 72 hours of submission.  

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