Paying for Community Paramedicine with Gary Ludwig


We’ve discussed community paramedicine programs on this show in the past. They hold the potential to take a load of work off firefighters, and at the same time, offer better treatment to patients.

But this spring, one of the better-known programs in the U.S. shut down. Mesa Arizona Fire had funded their program through a grant, which wasn’t renewed.

Fire Chief Mary Cameli knew that could happen, and said so last year on this show.

But Mesa fire was unable to get the money it needed from insurers, hospitals, or anywhere else, and the community paramedicne program was shut down.

How does this get funded?

My guest today to talk about paying for community paramedicine programs is Chief Gary Ludwig of the Champaign, Illinois fire department. He’s a speaker on fire topics and an expert witness as well.

Gary’s article: Funding Community Paramedicine

Article: Top 10 MIH or community paramedicine program funding sources

Article: Funding / Economics of Mobile Health

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Trivia question:
The two types of ventilation methods performed in conjunction with either vertical or horizontal ventilation are ______.

Answer:
The two types of ventilation methods performed in conjunction with either vertical or horizontal ventilation are mechanical and natural.

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