The official podcast of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) NAEMT is the only national association representing the professional interests of all EMS practitioners, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, and other professionals providing prehospital and out-of-hospital emergent, urgent or preventive medical care. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government service agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. NAEMT serves its members by advocating on issues that impact their ability to provide quality patient care, providing high quality education that improves the knowledge and skills of practitioners, and supporting EMS research and innovation.

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Wednesday Feb 14, 2024

“There are no negatives for building a youth serving or facing EMS Training opportunity in your area – none! We have talked about how it leads to career opportunities; we’ve spoken to how young people can change the economic future of their families, on an even more practical level, young people can become empowered to help shape the wellness and longevity of their entire population by something as simple as knowing CPR in an emergency or knowing how to properly how to call help in an emergency”
In this edition of NAEMT Radio, host, Rob Lawrence hears from Chief Julius D Jackson (quoted above), EMS Program Director from Eastern High School in Washington DC and John Cavell, Education Manager from the Louisiana Department of Health Bureau of EMS as they discuss recruiting the next generation of EMS team members through High School EMS Programs.
Also in this edition, John Cavell discusses the Louisiana Bureau of EMS (LaBEMS), EMS Pathway, part of the Louisiana Department of Education’s (LDOE) Jump Start Initiative - an innovative career and technical education (CTE) program that prepares students to lead productive adult lives, capable of continuing their education after high school while earning certifications in high-wage career sectors.
After four years, the Louisiana EMS High School Pathway has grown from a handful of independent high school programs in 2015 to over 110 approved high school EMR programs and 11 EMT programs in 2019, accounting for nearly one-third of the high schools in the state.
ADDRESSING THE NEED: Best Practices in Implementing High School EMS Programs:
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Wednesday Jan 31, 2024

NAEMT Radio Host Rob Lawrence welcomes returning guests, Immediate Past Presidents, Bruce Evans and Matt Zavadsky to discuss urgent issues surrounding the Ground Emergency Medical Transportation (GEMT) payment. NAEMT has recently written to CMS to address their actions in withholding approval of recently submitted State Plan Amendments (SPAs) citing the potential inclusion of federally unallowable costs that are non-ambulance service delivery related. 
Ground Emergency Medical Transportation or GEMT is a program that provides reimbursements from Medicaid for EMS agencies that serve a significantly disproportionate number of low-income patients. The program offers supplemental payments to publicly owned or operated emergency ground ambulance transportation providers to cover the difference between a provider’s actual costs per GEMT transport and the Medicaid base payment, mileage and other sources of reimbursement.
Applicable Federal Cost Principles for Ground Emergency Medical Transportation (GEMT)  - Bulletin:
CMCS Informational Bulletin (
NAEMT – EMS on the Hill:
EMS On The Hill Day (
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Thursday Jan 18, 2024

Ep 24. NAEMT Radio – Treatment in Place and Transport to Alternate Destinations
In this edition of NAEMT Radio we chat to Matt Zavadsky, Chief Transformation Officer for MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, Steven Kroll, MHA, EMT, executive director and volunteer chief of Delmar-Bethlehem EMS in Albany County, New York and Regina Crawford, advocacy liaison for EMS Management & Consultants and member of the Senate Advisory Committee for Ground Ambulance & Patient Billing. 
With host Rob Lawrence, the panel discusses the Treatment in Place and Transport to Alternate Destinations legislative initiatives and the US Senate Bill S.3236 - Emergency Medical Services Reimbursement for On-Scene Care and Support Act (EMS ROCS!) which proposes to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare coverage of ambulance services that do not include transportation.
S.3236 - Emergency Medical Services Reimbursement for On-Scene Care and Support Act (EMS ROCS!) -
Meet the Guests:
About Matt Zavadsky
Matt is the Chief Transformation Officer for MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, TX.  He has helped guide the implementation and financial sustainability of numerous innovative programs with healthcare partners that have transformed MedStar fully as a Mobile Integrated Healthcare provider. Most recently, he has led the negotiations with multiple third-party payers to change the basic economic model for EMS to better align patient, provider and payer focus on patient centered care as opposed to simply payment for ambulance transport.
Matt serves as an EMS SME for multiple consulting firms working with city and county leaders to evaluate and redesign EMS systems with a focus on high performance and high value for the community.
Matt also chairs NAEMT's EMS Economics Committee. He has recently worked with CMS/CMMI to help facilitate recent new payment models such as Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) model and Medicare waivers for Treatment in Place during the pandemic. He has a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, with a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Data Management.
About Regina Crawford
Regina has over 33 years of experience in EMS regulatory oversight and administration. Regina worked for the Office of EMS for over 22 years before retiring. Most recently, Regina sits on the Biden Harris Administration Senate Advisory Committee for Ground Ambulance & Patient Billing. She held the position of Regional Specialist, which included inspections, regional exams and technical assistance to EMS providers. Regina served as an advocate for EMS providers in the General Assembly to include grant funding for community paramedicine programs and other important legislative issues affecting EMS. At EMS|MC, Regina continues to serve as a strong advocate for EMS agencies across the nation, working in conjunction with other state EMS agencies on reimbursement matters and related topics. Regina holds a Bachelor of Science from East Carolina University as well as Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
About Steven Kroll
Steven Kroll, MHA, EMT, is the executive director and volunteer chief of Delmar-Bethlehem EMS in Albany County, New York. He is also the chief delivery officer at UCM Digital Health, a telehealth triage, treatment and navigation medical practice. Kroll guided the development of UCM’s EMS treat-in-place telemedicine program.
In addition to his work in prehospital care, he’s the chairperson of the Board of Trustees for Cobleskill Regional Hospital in Schoharie County, New York.
Kroll holds a Master of Health Administration from Duke University and has extensive experience in healthcare policy, advocacy, and operations. Prior roles include serving as the executive director of The Arc New York, the state’s largest developmental disability services organization; vice president of governmental affairs at the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS); and a health staffer for the U.S. Senate.
Kroll is a member and past chair of his state’s Emergency Medical Service Council. He is also NAEMT’s Advocacy Coordinator for New York and a member of the NAEMT Advocacy Committee. In 2018, he was recognized as the NAEMT/Braun Industries EMT of the Year.
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Tuesday Jan 02, 2024

Happy New Year!  Its 2024 and NAEMT Radio begins its second year with a conversation with NAEMT President Susan Bailey. Susan and NAEMT Radio host Rob Lawrence assess the year 2023 and discuss 2024, upcoming events, activity and legislation.
Susan reinforces her key points that EMS Practitioners must be paid for the work they are doing, that they are valuable assets in the healthcare industry and reimbursement reform is the key factor to getting EMS Practitioners the pay they deserve.
Topics also discussed include advocating for our workforce including the upcoming EMS on the Hill 2024, key reports published, EMS Educational offerings, ongoing committee work, and membership and its benefits.
EMS on the Hill:
NAEMT Advocacy:
Meet our Guest:
Susan Bailey, MSEM, NRP, is the Director of the Louisiana Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and part-time faculty at Columbia Southern University where she teaches courses such as EMS Operations and Personnel Management, Risk Management Practices in EMS, and Finance of EMS Systems. She has been active in the EMS Industry since 1990 with experience in both the rural and urban setting. She has served as the NAEMT representative on the Commission on Accreditation of Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) Board of Directors and was chair from 2018-2022.
A lifetime NAEMT member, Susan served as Vice-Chair of NAEMT’s Advocacy Committee, Chair of the Disaster Preparedness Committee, Chair of the Affiliate Advisory Committee. She also served on the Education Committee and the Finance Committee. In 2014, she was awarded the NASCO/NAEMT Paramedic of the Year Award, and in 2016 she was awarded an NAEMT Education Service Award for innovation in delivering NAEMT education programs to rural areas. Susan is a lifetime member of the Louisiana Association of National Registered EMTs (LANREMT). LANREMT awarded her the Instructor of the Year Award in 1999, a Presidential Meritorious Award in 2013, and an Outstanding Achievement award in 2018. In July 2022 she received a Raising the Bar Recognition from Columbia Southern University.
Passionate about the EMS Industry, Susan strives to bring positive attention to the work that EMS Practitioners do. She encourages EMS practitioners to expand their knowledge to grow with an ever-changing scope of practice within the EMS industry. A Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Susan has a bachelor’s degree in management from Southeastern Louisiana University where she graduated magna cum laude, and earned her master’s degree in emergency management from Millersville University in Pennsylvania.
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Thursday Dec 14, 2023

In this edition of NAEMT Radio Rob Lawrence, NAEMT Member and Lighthouse Leadership Mentor talks to returning guests, NAEMT president Elect, Chris Way, Fire Chief, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue and Brian Stennett of the Palatine Fire Dept. In this final edition of 2023, the subject of local or Regional Healthcare Coalitions are discussed. Chris and Brian highlight their composition, aims and objectives and how they can benefit EMS operations and how EMS can assist the wider coalition (including Hospitals, Emergency Management Departments and Public Health). Rob and guests also discuss how the Office of Health Care Readiness (OHCR) aims to enhance health care readiness, specifically in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Brian identifies how we can also work with the National Special Pathogen System (NSPS) and the advice and guidance available from the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC).
Meet the Guests:
Chris Way – President Elect NAEMT Fire Chief, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue
Christopher Way has been an emergency service professional for 28 years. Chief Way transitioned to Kootenai County Fire and Rescue as the Fire Chief in May of 2020 after serving as the Chief Officer for the Kootenai Count EMS System for the previous seven years.
Chief Way came to Idaho from Kansas where he served in Fire and EMS roles in urban, suburban and rural settings. He was an EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and now has been a licensed paramedic since 1994 as well as a certified Firefighter. Throughout his career he has held different ranks culminating most recently in his promotion to Fire Chief.  He also has significant experience in disaster management at the local, state and national level.
In addition to his full-time role as Fire Chief he is involved at the local, regional, state and national level in advocacy and leadership for emergency services.  He is the Treasurer for the National EMT Association and has served on their board and committees for several years.  He is a regular speaker at national conferences and in his spare time Chief Way and two partners own an Emergency Medicine education and consulting company. 
Passionate about emergency medical care, Governor Brad Little selected Chief Way to be the Chairman of the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency Council in May of 2019. He has a bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Relations and maintains all of his Fire and EMS licenses/certifications.  He regularly donates time to his community, serves local non-profit organizations and is involved in his children’s many activities. Christopher and his wife Jennifer live in Hayden, Idaho with their two daughters and four Labradors.
Brian Stennett, MPH, EMT-P, DICO-C, Designated Infection Control Officer,
Fire Cause and Origin Investigator, Palatine Fire Department,
Brian has over 20 years of EMS experience in both private and municipal EMS agencies.  He has a strong background in emergency preparedness, infection control, public health and epidemiology and holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. 
Brian currently works for the Village of Palatine Fire Department (Palatine, IL) as a Firefighter/Paramedic, responding to 9000 calls for service annually.  He is the Infection Control Officer and a Fire Investigator.  Additionally, he serves as the Emergency Preparedness Manager for Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) in Arlington Heights, IL.  NCH is a healthcare organization with 4300 employees at one 509-bed hospital, 5 Immediate Care Centers and multiple surgical centers and physician group locations.
Brian is a member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and Vice-Chair of the NAEMT EMS Disaster Committee, and also the NAEMT liaison to the NETEC Steering Committee working to develop the National Special Pathogens (NSPS) Care Delivery Network. Brian serves as the President of the National Association of Public Safety Infection Control Officers and a member of the Association of Hospital Emergency Preparedness Professionals. Areas of expertise include: Public Health and Epidemiology, Emerging and Endemic Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medical and Trauma Care in the Pre-Hospital Setting, EMT/Paramedic Training and Education, Infection Control and Occupational Biohazard Exposure Management, Disaster Response and Emergency Management, National Incident Command Systems (NIMS), and Policy Writing and Enforcement. Additionally, he is a FEMA certified instructor at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in the Highly Infectious Disease course as well as a Hospital Emergency Response Taskforce training instructor.
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Sunday Dec 03, 2023

In this edition of NAEMT Radio Rob Lawrence, NAEMT Member and Lighthouse Leadership Mentor talks to Matt Philbrick, Manager GMR Life Global Medical Response, Shannon Watson, Regional Practice Administrator, BJC Corporate Health and Nicholas Mutter B.S., NRP, Boston EMS. Discussions center on ways to introduce and maintain a culture of workforce engagement and collectively they develop a set of strategies and suggestions to help organizations achieve this.
Topics discussed include:
AuthenticityRespectMeaningConnectionWork Life Balance
Great quotes from the show:
“Conversations are the superpower of really effective and good leaders.”
“People don’t know what you say until the know that you care.”
“Leadership is action, not a position.”
“You are what you give your attention to”
How to Improve Employee Engagement in the Workplace - Gallup
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Tuesday Nov 14, 2023

In this edition of NAEMT Radio Rob Lawrence, NAEMT Member and Lighthouse Leadership Mentor talks to the 2023 Paramedic and EMT of the Year. Paramedic Richard “Ricky” Battle of LA County Fire Dept, CA and EMT Wayne Chan from Monroe Volunteer Ambulance, Monroe, NY. Ricky is an instructor, lifelong learner, and one of the most sought-after preceptors for LA County Fire. Wayne is the president and training officer for Monroe Volunteer Ambulance in Monroe, New York. He is also a delegate to the Orange County EMS Council and treasurer for the Hudson Valley Regional EMS Council.
2023 National EMS Awards of Excellence Winners in full: 2023 National EMS Awards of Excellence Recipients Announced (
Meet the Winners:
Richard “Ricky” Battle, Paramedic, Hawthorne, California
2023 NAEMT/Velico Paramedic of the Year Award
Richard “Ricky” Battle “Every day, do something nobody asked you to do” is a motto Richard “Ricky” Battle lives by, especially in providing care to his patients. Working for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Battle provides superior cardiac, trauma and other emergent and non-emergent care. Not only does he practice and train others in EMS in proper lifesaving techniques and care during transport, but he takes the time to care for the family— securing the house, making sure the family knows where their loved one is being transported to, and using a language line for translator services.
He understands the importance of providing emotional support to patients, and their loved ones, who may be frightened, in pain, or in distress. Through his actions, Battle can transform any scene from being chaotic to compassionate. He is an advocate for both the patient and family. Battle also helps to educate crews about the importance of building good working relationships with nursing home and long-term care facility staff. He devotes time to building the profession of EMS. He volunteers to help with the EMS Clinical Challenge and has been integral in promoting the diversity and equity themes in the challenge. Battle is an instructor, lifelong learner, and one of the most sought-after preceptors for LA County Fire.
Wayne Chan, EMT, Monroe Volunteer Ambulance, Monroe, New York
2023 NAEMT/Demers-Braun-Crestline-Medix EMT of the Year Award
Wayne Chan, EMT Wayne Chan has been an EMT for over 20 years and is the president and training officer for Monroe Volunteer Ambulance in Monroe, New York. He is also a delegate to the Orange County EMS Council and serves as treasurer for the Hudson Valley Regional EMS Council. Chan’s patient care skills are exemplary and his confidence “makes everyone around him feel they are in good hands.” Chan has a way of interacting with patients and their families that instantly puts them at ease. He is methodical in his scene and patient assessment. He communicates with the family and accurately reports to the hospital to ensure the best possible outcomes. Chan is a patient advocate and has built a great rapport with area physicians and healthcare administrators to request help with volunteer retention, funding for equipment, and long patient turnover times at the hospitals. He also continues his education path in active shooter events by researching and participating in drills to refine his skills in responding to mass casualty incidents. He holds monthly drills for the agency’s youth squad and seeks training opportunities to bring back to them. Chan received both Orange County’s and Hudson Valley’s Educator of the Year awards in 2018, and the Orange County, NY Meritorious Service Medal for contributions to EMS in 2019.

Sunday Oct 29, 2023

James O. Page, the founding father of modern EMS in the United States, had a vision to create a mentorship program for EMS practitioners to guide and support them in achieving their leadership goals.  He called it the “EMS Lighthouse Leadership Program.”  Although Jim passed away before he could implement the program, other leaders in EMS inspired by Jim’s vision have developed the framework for this new EMS mentorship program.
In this edition of NAEMT Radio Rob Lawrence, NAEMT Member and Lighthouse Leadership Mentor talks to three members of the first graduating class of the program, John Sammons, Elizabeth Beatty and Kyle Levesque. They share their experiences in applying for the program, the mentorship they received, lessons learned and how they are already paying it forward.
NAEMT Lighthouse Leadership site:
John Sammons has over 20 years of experience in EMS. He is currently a paramedic, field training officer, and a relief district chief in a large urban/suburban agency in North Carolina. He is also an experienced educator, speaker, and writer, and is a graduate of the inaugural 2023 class of the NAEMT Lighthouse Leadership Program
Elizabeth Beatty has 38 years EMS experience spanning 911, Education, Private Critical Care Services, and disaster medicine with NDMS/DMAT. She is an EMS Operations Brigade Chief in southeastern Virginia. Elizabeth is passionate about advanced prehospital clinical medical practices and is a graduate of the inaugural 2023 class of the NAEMT Lighthouse Leadership Program
Kyle Levesque is a paramedic and Lieutenant with the Hudson Fire Department in Hudson, NH. He is a licensed NH Instructor/Coordinator and is an experienced educator and lecturer. He is a graduate of the inaugural class of the NAEMT Lighthouse Leadership Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Service Management from Granite State College.
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Wednesday Oct 18, 2023

In this edition of NAEMT Radio, Rob Lawrence, NAEMT Member and Lighthouse Leadership Mentor talks NAEMTs Advanced Medical Life Support, Forth Edition with Drs Douglas Kupas, Vince Mosesso and Jon Krohmer.
AMLS remains the gold standard of education for emergency medical assessment and treatment. Endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians, AMLS emphasizes the use of the AMLS Assessment Pathway, a systematic tool for assessing and managing common medical conditions with urgent accuracy.
About Dr Doug Kupas
Dr. Kupas is medical director for Geisinger EMS and co-director of Mobile Integrated Healthcare for Geisinger Health System, his professional home for the past 30 years. He is a professor of emergency medicine and an EMS physician who is board-certified in both EMS and emergency medicine. Dr. Kupas also serves as the director of the Resuscitation Program at Geisinger. Dr. Kupas is an avid researcher and passionate advocate for EMS practitioners and patient safety. His clinical interests include CPR, hypothermia, end-of-life care, trauma triage, EMS patient and practitioner safety and EMS airway management.
Dr. Kupas’s EMS career began 40 years ago when he joined Lower Kiski Ambulance Service in Leechburg, PA, on his 16th birthday as a volunteer. He later became a paramedic and a physician. He earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Dr. Kupas is the Medical Director of NAEMT, President-Elect of NAEMSP, and serves on the EMS Sub board of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. In 2020, Dr. Kupas received the Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award from NAEMT and NREMT.
 About Dr Jon Krohmer
Dr. Jon Krohmer retired as the Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) during his tenure, he led NHTSA’s collaborative efforts to improve emergency care across the nation. Board certified as an emergency physician, Dr. Krohmer has been actively involved in EMS for over 35 years, first in his home state of Michigan, and then at the national level, as an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and president of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). Dr. Krohmer’s federal service began as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He went on to become the Director of the Health Services Corps for Immigration and Customs Enforcement at DHS and for the past year has provided medical expertise to the U.S. Coast Guard.
About Dr Vince Mosesso
Vincent N. Mosesso Jr., MD, is a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, Pa. (UP) School of Medicine. a prehospital EMS physician and medical director of the UP Medical Center Prehospital Care program, he is Attending Emergency & EMS Physician and Medical Command Physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
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Wednesday Sep 27, 2023

In this edition of NAEMT Radio Rob Lawrence, NAEMT Member and Lighthouse Leadership Mentor talks cyber security and disaster preparedness with NAEMT Disaster Preparedness Committee Chair David Blevins. David highlights the current risks to our office based and vehicle borne IT equipment as well as discussing the types of attack they could (or are) coming under from bad actors, both at home and abroad.
David also talks about the work of the NAEMT Disaster Preparedness Committee as well as NAEMTs position statement on the creation of a EMS only Emergency Support Function (ESF) within the emergency management framework of operations.
About the NAEMT Disaster Preparedness Committee
This committee shall advise the Board on ways to strengthen the role of EMS in our nation’s emergency preparedness strategy and response activities.  Responsibilities include:
Identifying national gaps in EMS preparedness protocols and training for response to natural and man-made disasters, mass casualty incidents, and medical countermeasures, and recommending measures to address these gaps;
Identifying ways to improve integration of EMS in disaster preparedness planning, communications/interoperability;
Identifying funding sources to support agency preparedness activities; and
Increasing understanding among emergency management and public health leaders of the role of EMS in national preparedness.
NAEMT’s Considerable Disaster Preparedness resources: Disaster Preparedness (
NAEMT Position Statement - Federal Emergency Support Function -
About David Blevins
David serves as the Director of EMS Education for Roane State Community College. In  this role, he oversees initial education in pre-hospital emergency medicine ranging from Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and the Paramedic program. He is the primary point of contact for curriculum development and implementation, as well as professional development for a cadre of experienced full-time and adjunct faculty members.
David serves as the chair of the NAEMT Disaster Preparedness Committee and also serves as a Major in the Tennessee Air National Guard.
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