The first EMS Supervisor exam that counts towards the credential was administered on July 22nd during the Pinnacle EMS leadership conference in San Antonio.
Approximately 20 candidates attended a test preparation session delivered by Incoming NEMSMA President Vince Robbins and then took the 100 question multiple-choice exam. Much of the exam is scenario based, assessing the candidate’s ability to function as an EMS supervisor.
Mr. Robbins made this observation:
“This is an historic moment in modern day American EMS. For the first time, we have established a national standard of competency and credentialing for the entire range of EMS Officers; Supervising, Managing and Executive. NEMSMA has lead the way in creating detailed descriptions of the various educational and experiential requisites necessary for the three levels of EMS management, and a scientifically valid methodology to verify the attainment of these proficiencies by individuals.”
Doctor Doverspike, the test developer for Avesta, reported that the cutoff score was 70. “Given the expertise in the room, it was expected that each participant should pass the supervisor exam.  We look forward to getting a more realistic sample of true front-line supervisors (…with subsequent tests).”
The credentialing process includes an assessment of an education/experience portfolio provided by each candidate. Thank you to all who attended the test-prep course and congratulations to all test takers on passing the exam.
Picture provided by Board Member Allison Bloom
Credential prep

NEMSMA @ Pinnacle 2016

We are so excited at the planned activities next week.
Hope that you can join us for some of these activities – all times are San Antonio time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm: NEMSMA Board Meeting
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: NEMSMA-ACPE
1:00 pm - 4:45 pm: Pinnacle Insights Pre-Conference Seminar - Facilitated by NEMSMA 
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm:  NEMSMA Annual Meeting
7:45 am – 8:45 am: Membership and Development
7:45 am – 8:45 am: Credentialing
7:45 am – 08:45 am: Advocacy
11:45 am – 13:00 pm: Manager Competencies Focus Group
7:45 am – 8:45 am: Education
7:45 am – 8:45 am: Publications
7:45 am – 08:45 am: Program
11:45 am – 13:00 pm: Manager Competencies Focus Group
Mike Ward
NEMSMA Executive Director 

NEMSMA Position Papers

Mental Health and Wellness in EMS

NEMSMA Agenda for Future

NEMSMA EMS Definitions Position

Position Paper Paramedicine Nomemclature

EMSC Funding Budget Proposal Statement

NEMSMA President Elect Vince Robbins Interviewed About "Wall Street EMS"

Vince Robbins, President-Elect for NEMSMA, participated live as a guest on Garland Robinette’s “Think Tank” radio show (WWL AM & FM, New Orleans), June 28th, 2016, to discuss the effect of private equity firms investing in EMS in America. Also a on the broadcast was Bren Protess, co-author of a recently published investigative report on the topic in the New York Times, entitled “When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers”. The discussion centered on why private equity firms have been purchasing ownership shares in large ambulance companies in the United States and the effect of several resulting bankruptcies.
Vince commented that these firms probably expected to profit substantially from such investments in the wake of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, they have most likely been surprised that the ACA did little to improve the reimbursement rates experienced by EMS agencies around the country. In fact, the regulatory requirements most ambulance services must meet, the high cost of providing state-of-the-art EMS and the generally low compensation such organizations receive for their services, has made the provision of this public health service extremely challenging financially. Based on these factors, Vince commented, we see an exodus of private equity firms, and their investments, from the EMS market.
WWL logo 

NEMSMA Board Members Attend PCC Conference 2016

NEMSMA Board Members Brian Lacroix and Mike Taigman attended the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 

In this picture they are meeting with PCC President Randy Mellow and PCC Executive Director Kelly Nash. 

NEMSMA enjoys a close and collaborative relationship with the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada.​ 

Brian Lacroix writes about the PCC conference in the July NEMSMA newsletter.  



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