Butte County EMS Community Paramedicine Pilot Program

Dec 8, 2015 2:01 PM by News Team

Butte County Emergency Medical Services and Enloe Medical Center recently partnered up for a two-year pilot program.

The program enables paramedics to follow up with people recently discharged from Enloe Medical Center following a heart attack or heart failure.

Within a 72 hour period, a paramedic calls the patient and asks a series of questions to determine the person’s health status or whether they need additional services.

Other services may include home visits and safety assessments, finding transportation to a pharmacy, follow-up cardiology appointment, or help understanding medications.

The pilot program officially launched in July. Neal Cline, program coordinator said the program worked with 136 discharged patients, and provided 11 home visits. Even though it is difficult to track how many readmissions were prevented, about 13 readmissions occurred among the clients within a month of discharge of the hospital.

According to Cline, community paramedicine services in California are being provided for free with the hope that proven efficacy will create a paradigm shift for the use of paramedics in the United States, enabling paramedics to deliver care at a resident’s home rather than transporting to the Emergency Department in response to 911 calls. Currently the California Code of Regulations Title 22 will only bill and reimburse for Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Services for transportation services and it does not permit paramedics to deliver care at the home.


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