EMS Compass: EMS Community Participation is Significant

Public Submits More Than 400 Performance Measures During May

EMS Compass, the national initiative to improve systems of care through meaningful measurement, recently announced that the public submitted more than 400 performance measures during the month-long “Call for Measures.”

“Input from the entire EMS community allows us to ensure that the EMS Compass quality and performance measures will be relevant and useful for the diverse EMS systems we have across the nation,” said Bob Bass, MD, Chair of the EMS Compass Steering Committee. “The result of this initiative will provide local EMS systems with a way to assess quality and demonstrate their value in the community, leading to continuous improvement, high-quality patient care and safe, efficient services.”

Following the Call for Measures, EMS Compass hosted a series of webinars to discuss the measures and receive further input from the public. The ten webinars each covered a different measurement domain, from patient experience to clinical effectiveness. Six of the measurement domains were chosen to align with the six priorities established in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Quality Strategy; the other four were chosen to cover non-clinical aspects of EMS systems, such as workforce and finance.

The webinars can be viewed on demand here.

Next, EMS Compass will work with the community to prioritize the suggestions and begin to design measures that are evidence-based and can be tested in the field. As EMS Compass refines and tests measures, members of the EMS community and the public will continue to have opportunities to participate in the process. In addition, the public is welcome to join the next EMS Compass Steering Committee meeting, to be held on August 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Washington, DC. Members of the public who plan on attending should email zoe@nasemso.org. Details for how to watch the meeting online will be available soon.

“The EMS Compass team has been very excited by the level of interest and participation from the entire EMS community,” said Dia Gainor, Executive Director of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), which is managing the initiative. EMS Compass is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through a cooperative agreement with NASEMSO.

To learn more about EMS Compass and EMS performance measures, and to ensure you are up-to-date on the many ways you can participate in this important initiative, visit the EMS Compass website and sign up to receive email updates from EMS Compass.