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Mobile Integrated Health and Community Paramedicine Initiatives

Information about Mobile Integrated Health and Community Paramedicine in Massachusetts.

In 2012, the US Health & Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) held a National Conference where seven factors for Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) were identified:

  1. Education and Expanded Practice Roles
  2. Integration of Community Paramedicine with Other Health Providers
  3. Medical Direction and Regulation
  4. Funding and Reimbursement
  5. Data, Performance Improvement and Outcome Evaluation
  6. Community Paramedicine Research Agenda

For each of these factors, the National Conference outlined Current Practices and Resources and Opportunities.

Stakeholder Engagement

The Department of Public Health (DPH) also engaged a group of stakeholders from nursing, accountable care organizations, emergency medical services, hospitals, fire departments, and other healthcare-related representatives to review each of the six focus areas, as defined by AHRQ.

The work of the Mobile Integrated Health Advisory Council will help DPH define MIH Program activities, implementation, evaluation of data trends and outcomes in the development of an MIH program.

Community Paramedicine Pilot Projects

The Commissioner has the authority to allow EMS-related pilot projects under a Special Project Waiver application process under the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS).

In October 2014, DPH approved 2 special project waiver applications for Community Paramedic Pilot Projects in Massachusetts:

Cataldo Ambulance Service, in collaboration with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Post-Acute Care Transition (PACT) Program
EasCare LLC, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Care Alliance


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