CAAS Newsletter – Spring 2019

Recent CAAS Accreditations

In February, the CAAS Panel of Commissioners granted re-accreditation to twelve agencies:
  • American Medical Response (Orlando, FL)
  • American Medical Response (Portland, OR)
  • American Medical Response (Syracuse, NY)
  • Enloe Ambulance (Chico, CA)
  • Lancaster EMS (Lancaster, PA)
  • Leon County EMS (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Life EMS Ambulance (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Livingston County EMS (Howell, MI)
  • Maitland Fire Rescue Department (Maitland, FL)
  • National EMS (Conyers, GA)
  • Symons Ambulance (Corona, CA)
  • UT Health East Texas EMS (Tyler, TX)
Congratulations to all our re-accrediting agencies for a job well done!

CAAS Standards Revision Update

The CAAS Standards Revision Committee which is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders is diligently working on revising the current CAAS Standards Version 3.0.  The CAAS Standards Version 3.0 are based on ten categories – Organization, Inter-Agency Relations, Management, Financial Management, Community Relations and Public Affairs, Human Resources, Clinical Standards, Safe Operations and Managing Risk, Equipment and Facilities and Communications Center.  The CAAS Standards Revision Committee is working on both revising the current standards and developing new standards for Version 4.0.  Once a first draft is finished, the draft standards will be released for public comment and feedback.  Stay tuned to CAAS emails for ongoing details.

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The initial draft of CAAS GVS V2.0 document, which includes a new ambulance Remounter Standard, was released in January for public comment.  This first public comment period recently ended and generated a steady stream of feedback.  Committee members are now reviewing the suggestions and a revised draft will be released for a second round of public comment starting in April.

Prepare for CAAS Accreditation – In-Person Seminar

July 26, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Florida
This full-day seminar, held in conjunction with Pinnacle 2019, 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 will address the benefits and value of accreditation and identify ways in which you can increase operational and clinical performance, reduce risk and liability, and maximize your market potential as a result. The CAAS Standards will be explained in detail as well as the paperless submission process. The interactive format provides an opportunity to share ideas and best practices and receive expert answers to important questions. Course books and materials are included in the registration fee.

What You Will Learn

  •   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 paperless submission process
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.
Bonus Offer
Registration to this seminar entitles you to a copy of the CAAS Standards ($30 value), the CAAS Application ($125 value) and access to CAAS’s OnDemand Webinar Series ($250 value).


Promote Your CAAS Accreditation Through the CAAS Website

Every month, the CAAS website receives thousands of visitors.  The website is designed to illustrate the benefits of accreditation to those considering it, and to highlight agencies who have already achieved accreditation.
If you are an accredited agency, please consider sharing photos of your agency in action. We only require two things: every photo must have the CAAS logo visible somewhere in the photo and the agency needs to complete a photo release form.  If you would like to share one of your photos, please visit the site’s Resource Center.

CAAS Seeks EMS Medical Directors as Site Reviewers

Photo_of_Doctor.jpgCAAS is currently seeking active EMS Medical Directors interested in serving as CAAS site reviewers.  If you know of a physician that might be interested in becoming a site reviewer, please contact the CAAS office at 847-657-6828 for additional information and application details.

Upcoming Events

Here are the EMS events that CAAS plans to attend in 2019.
EMSAAC Conference
April 30 – May 1
Tenaya Lodge
Yosemite National Park, CA
May 13 – 16
Marriott Downtown
Salt Lake City, UT
Fire-Rescue Med
June 3 – 7
M Resort
Henderson, NV
Pinnacle EMS Leadership Conference
July 23 – 26
Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel
Orlando, FL
CAAS In-Person Accreditation Seminar
July 26
Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel
Orlando, FL
EMS World Expo
October 14 – 18
New Orleans Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
AAA Annual Conference and Trade Show
November 4 – 6
Gaylord Opryland
Nashville, TN