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CAAS Accreditation Seminar (November 6)

November 6


Prepare for Accreditation Using the Version 3.0 CAAS Standards

(Held in conjunction with the AAA Annual Meeting and Trade show at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV)

Presented by:
Sarah McEntee, Executive Director
Commission on the Accreditation of Ambulance Services

November 6, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, NV
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Learn How To:

  • Plan and budget for accreditation
  • Recognize and maximize the value of accreditation for your organization
  • Motivate staff for accreditation
  • Understand and apply CAAS standards to your organization
  • Prepare your application
  • Develop application documentation
  • Learn how to use the new paperless submission process
  • Review the updates to the new CAAS v3.0 standards

Course Description

This full-day seminar held in conjunction with the AAA Annual Meeting and Trade show at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV is the ideal forum to assist you in planning for your accreditation or re-accreditation using the CAAS Gold Standards. It  provides a detailed overview of the application process and clearly defines what can be expected throughout. Faculty address the benefits of accreditation and identify ways in which you can increase operational and clinical performance, reduce risk and liability, and maximize your market position as a result. The interactive format provides an opportunity to review the standards, share ideas and best practices, and receive expert answers to all your most important accreditation questions.  Course books and materials are provided as part of the registration fee.

Who Should Attend

CAAS accreditation is open to all commercial, municipal, fire-based, inter-facility, volunteer, or hospital-based agencies providing ground medical transport. The practical information provided in this course will save countless hours of time, answer questions, and assist managers, QI supervisors, or other designated accreditation coordinators to plan and execute an effective accreditation program within their own agency.

Seminar Presenter

Sarahs-portraitSarah McEntee is the executive director for CAAS and is responsible for overall direction and management of the accreditation process. Prior to her appointment, she was program director for the New England EMS Institute in Manchester, N.H., where she was responsible for the management and direction of three concurrent CoAEMSP-accredited paramedic programs.

A career paramedic since 1989, Sarah has over 25 years of clinical and leadership experience with hospital-based, commercial and municipal EMS systems. Sarah has previously served as clinical consultant and project manager for EMS providers nationwide, and served as an active CAAS site reviewer for nearly ten years prior to her appointment as executive director.  Sarah routinely presents at EMS and other healthcare conferences and continues to promote quality in the EMS industry.


Section 1- Introduction/ Course Objectives/ CAAS Overview/ History/ CAAS Organizational Structure/ Reasons Why an Ambulance Service Should Be Accredited/ Accredited Agencies/ Value of Accreditation/ CAAS Accreditation Beyond the EMS Community/ Question and Answer Session

Section 2- Why Seek Accreditation/ Internal and External Benefits of Accreditation/ Planning for Your Accreditation/ Assessing and Preparing Your Team/ Educating Your Staff, Officials and Others/ Challenges of a Union Workforce/ Policy and Procedure Development and Implementation/ Legal /Question and Answer Session

Section 3- Meeting the Standards/ Organization/  Inter-Agency Relations/ Management/  Financial Management/ Community Relations and Public Affairs/ Human Resources/ Clinical Standards/ Safe Operations and Managing Risk/ Equipment and Facilities/ Communications/ Best Practices/Question and Answer Session

Section 4- Completing The Application/ Agency Documentation/ Preparing for the Off Site Review/ Preparing for the On Site Review/ Panel of Commissioners/ Granting of Accreditation, Denials and Appeals/ Annual Updates and Re-accreditation Process/ Addressing Organizational Changes/ Celebrating Your Success/ Promoting Your Accreditation/ Question and Answer Session


General Information

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Registration fees are $425.00 for a single registration or $375.00 each for multiple registrations from the same company. Registration fee includes course materials (CAAS standards and application), continental breakfast, and coffee breaks. Lunch is on your own. In addition, attendees will also receive free bonus materials, including: sample documents, the CAAS Standards Guide (a $25 value), the CAAS Application Package (a $100 value) and access to our online CAAS Accreditation Webinar series (a $225 value), so you can  review program materials after the seminar, and share your learning experience with your staff.  To assist CAAS in planning and preparation, please register by October 28, 2016.  Early registration is encouraged as class size will be limited.  PLEASE NOTE:  The CAAS Seminar is being held in conjunction with the AAA Annual Meeting and Trade show, but is a separate registration process.  To register for the AAA Annual Conference, please visit https://the-aaa.org/ 

Hotel Reservations
AAA has once again negotiated a great room rate for attendees. A limited number of rooms have been secured at Caesars for AAA attendees. The discounted rate of $195 is applicable on a space available basis until Thursday October 6, 2016 and includes two guest admissions to the Fitness Center per day and in room internet. Reserve your room online now or call Caesars at 866-227-5944 to reserve your room. The block is listed as American Ambulance Association or callers may also use our group code to identify the group, SCAAA6.

What Previous Seminar Attendees Have Said

“I feel energized and ready to take on the accreditation process.  This seminar eliminated my fear and replaced it with motivation and excitement.”

“Thank you for the personalized attention.  You really did answer all my questions.”

“The seminar was very helpful and encouraging. This process and opportunity really seem to be within reach.”

“Good overview of accreditation process. I liked the practical examples given on how standards were addressed.”

“I am more confident in my ability & my company’s ability to achieve accreditation following this program.”

“I gained a lot of information and feel confident that we can & should be accredited.”

“Great presentation.  This application will assist organizations in becoming quality systems.”


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