Fitch Perspectives

Are we as collaborative as we think we are?

We know collaboration is key to thriving in our profession, especially as our communities become more interconnected. But truly fostering the collaborative relationships that can take your organization to the next level takes strong leadership and commitment. We in public safety often think we are being effective collaborators. On an incident scene, we frequently work...

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Building a qualified, empathetic and resilient workforce

In our most recent EMS Trend Report, we found that the top concerns of EMS leaders were recruitment and retention of qualified, quality employees. From our work in emergency communications, fire and other public safety and healthcare sectors, it’s clear those same issues impact organizations across emergency services. So I think it’s always fascinating to find...

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The importance of suicide prevention awareness

This month, organizations around the country are recognizing National Suicide Prevention Month. Sadly, for many of us, it is also a time to remember our colleagues, friends or family members who took their own lives, such as EMT, firefighter and emergency telecommunicator Isaac “Skippy” Greenlaw. EMS cartoonist Steve Berry, best known for his often humorous,...

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Steps any leader can take to improve recruitment and retention

Every EMS leader knows that the key to a successful operation is people. Without good people at every level—from the billing operation to fleet management to, of course, your EMS clinicians in the field—it’s hard to achieve success, even with the best equipment, policies and funding. Last month, I enjoyed another week of learning from...

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What does CMS’s support of home health monitoring mean for EMS?

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed changes to how it reimburses home health agencies. Specifically, CMS will now allow home health providers to report the costs of remote monitoring. Like many initiatives happening at the local, state and national levels, this move by CMS appears to recognize and support...

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Engage your team to be Stronger Together this EMS Week

As EMS leaders, we often struggle with how best to recognize, reward and retain our top performers. There are the obvious answers: higher pay, better benefits, promotional opportunities. And we all know the value of employee engagement — but how many of us work in organizations that actually do something about it, in a planned, organized...

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Collaboration Between 911 and EMS in Bend, Oregon, Gets Big Results

Every year I enjoy attending Navigator, the annual meeting of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. At this year’s conference, held last month in Las Vegas, we were again proud to honor graduates of the Communications Center Manager course during the opening ceremonies. Fitch & Associates created the program with IAED more than 15 years ago and it now has more...

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A new model for healthcare reimbursement?

We’ve heard it for several years now: Value-based purchasing is coming. But some of you, I know, are beginning to wonder if that future will ever arrive. After years of hearing about these changes, we still largely get reimbursed the same way we have for decades. A recent report out of Maryland shows that the...

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The Future of Technology is the Future of EMS

Every year, I love reading about the new technologies on display at the Consumer Electronics Show. This year was no different, but more than ever the highlights of the show seemed relevant to our profession.