In-home paramedicine program moves forward
August 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
Paramedics from the ambulance company EasCare have begun specialized training for an innovative in-home care pilot program that Commonwealth Care Alliance is launching this fall.
As reported in June in Dually Noted, the program will deploy specially trained paramedics to provide in-home treatment for minor problems and injuries, as well as the management of acute issues related to chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. The program will extend in-home clinical care hours from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in hopes of keeping members in their homes and out of hospital emergency rooms. Starting October 1, 2014, the pilot program will be available to some 2,000 Commonwealth Care Alliance members in Eastern Massachusetts.
Training for paramedics
This week, Commonwealth Care Alliance began a two-month tailored training program for four paramedics, delivered in partnership with EasCare, primarily at Commonwealth Care Alliance’s sites in Boston and Charlestown. As part of the training, the paramedics will have the opportunity to participate in simulated clinical scenarios and take part in home visits alongside Commonwealth Care Alliance clinicians. At the conclusion of the training, the paramedics will be able to offer a range of services in the home, from comprehensive physical exams to blood tests to behavioral health interventions.
The future of EMS
Matt Goudreau, EasCare’s Director of Clinical Training, believes that the pilot represents “the future of EMS.” By offering “another level of healthcare” to members, Goudreau is confident that the Commonwealth Care Alliance/EasCare program will spread throughout the state.
Dr. Toyin Ajayi, hospitalist medical director and director of transitional medicine at Commonwealth Care Alliance agrees: “This partnership will greatly enhance our ability to provide prompt, tailored and high quality services to our members, in keeping with Commonwealth Care Alliance’s philosophy of home-based and patient-centered care.”