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NASEMSO 2017 Fall Meeting | Mar. 6-9, 2017| New Orleans, Louisiana
Featured Speakers

Children Separated by Disasters: Reunification Challenges and Resources
In a Mar. 8 general session, Sharon Hawa will discuss the importance of disaster reunification planning and the implications for children who become separated from their parents and guardians in the aftermath of a disaster. She will also talk about the various disaster resources that NCMEC offers to support disaster-impacted states with the identification, location and reunification of children with their families.

Sharon Hawa, Manager, Emergency Preparedness & Response,
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Sharon Hawa began her emergency management career with the American Red Cross in Greater New York immediately following the tragedies of 9/11. She spent the next 12 years working and volunteering with the Red Cross disaster response units in both New York and later at their headquarters in Washington D.C. where she supported critical emergency services — sheltering, mass feeding, the distribution of bulk relief items and reunification information, for the entire country. Sharon also spent numerous years working for the New York City Office of Emergency Management as a human services planner and member of the external affairs unit helping to coordinate assistance during several large-scale emergencies in the New York City area. Learn more.

Fatigue Risk Management Guidelines for EMS
In a Mar. 8 general session, Dr. P. Daniel Patterson and Dr. J. Stephen Higgins will (1) describe the risks to EMS personnel and their employers related to fatigue; (2) discuss the need for an Evidence Based Guideline on fatigue to support health, wellness and safety in the EMS profession; (3) explain the GRADE process and how it was used to define an EBG for fatigue risk management in EMS; and (4) preview the work of the expert panel and recommendations to mitigate the risk of fatigue in EMS.

P. Daniel Patterson, Ph.D., NRP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Daniel Patterson recently returned to the University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. For more than 10 years, Dr. Patterson has focused his research on the safety and delivery of high quality EMS care. He has completed dozens of observational and experimental studies involving diverse EMS agencies and EMS clinician shift workers from all over the United States and Canada and published nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications. He has completed groundbreaking studies of workplace safety culture, fatigue and sleep quality, teamwork and team configuration, identification of medical errors/adverse events, EMS workplace injury, medical necessity of EMS care, and employee turnover. His research is supported by federal and foundation grants. One of his current studies is a multi-site, multi-year study of sleep health and fatigue among air-medical clinicians funded by the medevac foundation. Learn more.

EMS Payment Reform
In a Mar. 8 general session, Asbel Montes will describe the work that industry leaders are conducting regarding reform of the ambulance payment model. He will explore how the industry can structure Medicare reimbursement in order to receive payment for emergency transports other than to a hospital (alternative destination transports), mobile integrated healthcare and community paramedicine reimbursement and triage services.

Asbel Montes, Vice President, Acadian

Since 2009, Asbel Montes has overseen Acadian’s revenue cycle management, contract management, business office process improvements, and government relations for state and federal reimbursement policy initiatives. Previously, he worked for an ambulance billing and consulting firm. After three years, he decided to work for a private, non‐emergency ambulance service. Since then, he has provided leadership in revenue cycle management to four ambulance agencies located throughout the Southeast. Asbel has been a member of the American Ambulance Association (AAA) for eight years and has served on its Board of Directors; he currently is Chair of the Payment Reform Steering Committee. Asbel also sits on the board of the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance. Learn more.

The Art & Science of Standards
In a Mar. 9 general session, Jennifer Marshall will provide an overview of standards development and demystify the process. The information offered is important to state EMS officials and industry partners for understanding the how and why of standards affecting EMS. Topics to be addressed include: determining what needs to be standardized; the different types of standards; how to get involved in standards development; which standards development organization (SDO) to contact; and finally, how an adopted standard impacts regulations.

Jennifer Marshall, Program Manager for Public Standards Coordination, National Institute of Standards & Technology

As a Program Manager for Public Safety Standards within the Standards Coordination Office at NIST, Jennifer Marshall is tasked with coordinating standards development efforts within and outside NIST, specifically those that impact the EMS, fire, and law enforcement communities. Prior to this position, she was the Homeland Security Program Manager at NIST, where she led the Ambulance Patient Compartment Design Standards effort that addressed human interface/ergonomic safety needs for ambulances. She managed a standards development program in support of the Department of Homeland Security that focused on chemical, biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear (CBRNE) detection equipment; personal protective and operational equipment (PPOE); urban search and rescue robots; and various security technologies. Learn more.

The Code Green Campaign — Calling a Code Alert on our Mental Health
In a Mar. 9 general session, Fiona Campbell Thomas will discuss what the Code Green Campaign is doing to promote wellness and resilience for EMS providers in an effort to reduce the increasing rates of suicide among first responders. Founded in 2014, this nonprofit focuses on education and awareness to protect providers from PTSD and burnout.

Fiona Campbell Thomas, Paramedic
Secretary, The Code Green Campaign

A recipient of the 2016 Nicholas Rosecrans Award for her work in first responder suicide prevention, Fiona Thomas has more than 15 years of experience as a paramedic and first responder in Central Texas, where she currently works for Austin-Travis County EMS, serves on the Honor Guard, the peer support team, and educates teenagers about emergency medicine through Explorer Post 247. She is a founder and the Secretary of The Code Green Campaign, a nonprofit providing education, awareness, and resources in suicide, substance abuse, and mental wellness concerns for public safety personnel. She has educated providers and laypeople nationwide about first responder resilience and mental wellness.