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  • 00:36

    2/9/2016 EMT License Renewals, Dr. Martens on Federal DEA Legilslation

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    This webcast of EMS Live in Wisconsin was recorded on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

    Our first guest at 5:00 minutes into the program was EMS Office Licensing Coordinator Helen Pullen with the State of Wisconsin.  We discussed what is required to renew your EMT, paramedic, or emergency medicala responder liccense as all state licenses expire as of June 30, 2016.  The license renewal website is https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ems/licensing/renewal.htm.

    At 20 minutes into the program State of Wisconsin EMS and Trauma Medical Director Dr. Suzanne Martens joined us to explain House of Representatives bill 4365, Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medication Act.  It has been recognized that EMS technically operates outside of the current DEA rules for controlled substances for pain and seizures.  The DEA has allowed this to continue, but has stated it cannot do so without a change in the actual regulations.  A draft bill to change these regulations has been written and proposed.  The House of Representatives is processing it, and will vote in the near future.  Without this bill change, all administration of controlled substances will require radio/phone contact for an order with medical control; and the ordering and stocking of these medications will be complex and costly, with potentially every ambulance being considered an "office".  Since the majority of requests for paramedic intercepts involves controlled substances, this impacts all levels of care.  >> Click for HR4365 Toolkit and how to contact your local elected federal representative.

    Co-hosts included Joe Covelli and Patrick Ryan, and the program lasted 30 minutes.

    Don't miss a beat of Wisconsin EMS action - listen to EMS Live!

  • 00:31
  • 00:37

    1/26/2016 EMS Training: "Flipping the Classroom"

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    This live webcast of EMS Live in Wisconsin was recorded on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

    Our guests included two individuals with Lifestar EMS in West Bend, WI - Assistant Training Coordinator Tyler Christifulli and Field Training Educator Sam Ireland.  They discussed how they have successfully been using field educators at their base locations, and also sending out to staff pre-training podcasts to encourage education and discussion. They call their program, "Flipping the classroom".

    Lifestar's approach to EMS education included the following:

    Identifying the epidemic of bad teaching practices that surround EMS.

    Using old power points
    Strict outlines
    Crowded slides

    What has Lifestar done to reinvent the way we approach education?

    Field Educators
    White boards
    Flipping the classroom
    Simplified power points and flip chart

    The techniques of running a good simulation.

    You don't need expensive equipment to run a good sim
    Video recording and critique playback
    Always succeed in simulations
    Takes a lot of preparation to run an efficient and dynamic simulation.

    To view and listen to the February 2016 pre-training podcast, "Patterns, Pathways, and Pain", as an example, completed by Lifestar EMS, click here.

    Join co-hosts Chris Anderson, Joe Covelli, Patrick Ryan, Dan Williams and call-in guests and live listeners for 40-minutes of conversation about emergency medical services and the ambulance industry in Wisconsin the second and fourth Tuesday every month.

    Don't miss a beat of Wisconsin EMS action - listen to EMS Live!

  • 01:30

    National Signing Day 2016: Wisconsin football recruiting recap

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    The Wisconsin Badgers signed 25 players to scholarship offers on Wednesday during National Signing Day 2016. Who's the sleeper in this class of future contributors to Wisconsin football, and who will make the earliest impact? Who will make the most impact after his days as a Badgers player is done? We ask BadgerNation.com's Ben Worgull!

    We'll play our interview with Wisconsin commit Anthony Lotti from Monday. What does the two-time all-state punter expect of himself when he gets to Madison?

    We'll also play interviews from head coach Paul Chryst and a few assistant coaches from today's press conference.

  • 00:56

    Wisconsin-Ohio State basketball recap; Super Bowl 50 preview

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    The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 79-68 at the Kohl Center on Thursday night. We'll talk about the game, along with UW's winning streak.

    Former Badgers Brad Nortman and Owen Daniels are playing for the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, respectively, on Sunday in Super Bowl 50. Who will win? We break down the match-ups.

    We'll also discuss the Milwaukee Brewers recent trade, and what's left of their 40-man roster!

  • 00:58

    7/14/015 - TRIP and Wisconsin Stars of Life

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    This webcast of Wisconsin EMS Live was recorded on Tuesday, July 14 starting at 9:00 a.m. central time.  The live broadcast discussed TRIP and Stars of Life 2015. 

    TRIP stands for Tax Refund Intercept Program. Since an ambulance service can't do a credit check when being dispatched to a person's 911 call, some patients unfortunately don't pay their ambulance bill even after the insurance company has sent the check directly to them for that purpose.  This leaves the ambulance service in a bad situation unable to collect on services rendered, meet its own financial obligations, and reinvest those funds in its operation, equipment and staff.  Some of Wisconsin's largest ambulance services are writing off each year $500,000 to one-million dollars in noncollectable debt.

    TRIP recently passed the Wisconsin legislature and is simply awaiting Governor Scott Walker's signature.

    In the meantime, we need to prepare ambulance service management not familiar with TRIP, explain how it works, and is used as another option to collections when other attempts have failed.  With Governor Walker's signature, it opens the option of TRIP to all Wisconsin ambulance services under contract with a municipality to provide 911 service.  TRIP cannot be used for inter-facility transfers or patients with Medicare or Medicaid insurance coverage.

    Wisconsin EMS Live program guests who discussed TRIP and answered questions include:  From The Stark Collection Agency in Madison, Pauline Kussart, and from Valders Ambulance, Director Jay Steuer.

    The latter half of the 60 minute program is dedicated to discussing Wisconsin Stars of Life 2015 with committee members Larry Knuth, a 2009 Star recipient himself, and Linda Wiedmann.  The event is to recognize Wisconsin's best EMTs and Paramedics as nominated by their respective departments.

  • 00:35

    1/12/16 Ambulance Service "Compliance Plan"

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    This webcast of EMS Live in Wisconsin was recorded on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

    Our guest was attorney Wendy Arends at Godfrey & Kahn in Madison.  We discussed the importance of an ambulance service compliance plan and the elements to include.

    The U.S. Department of Health Office of the Inspector General posted ambulance service compliance plan recommendations at: http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/complianceguidance/032403ambulancecpgfr.pdf

    Join co-hosts Chris Anderson, Joe Covelli, Patrick Ryan, Dan Williams and call-in guests and live listeners for 40-minutes of conversation about emergency medical services and the ambulance industry in Wisconsin the second and fourth Tuesday every month.

    Don't miss a beat of Wisconsin EMS action - listen to EMS Live!

  • 01:09

    2015 Holiday Bowl: USC-Wisconsin preview

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    The Wisconsin Badgers look for their first victory of the season against an opponent with a winning record, as they face the USC Trojans in the 2015 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

    Can the UW defense, ranked No. 1 in scoring defense, No. 3 in total defense, contain a potent USC offense featuring quarterback Cody Kessler and Juju Smith-Schuster? Can outside linebackers Joe Schobert and Vince Biegel pressure Kessler into mistakes? Will running back Corey Clement play, and if so, can he continue the positive trend of the rushing attack that was starting against Minnesota? We welcome BadgerNation.com's Ben Worgull at 8:30 to break it all down.


  • 01:15

    Wisconsin-Northwestern recap, NFL Playoffs preview, WWE NXT

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    The Green Bay Packers defeated the Washington Redskins 35-18 in the NFC Division round of the playoffs. Can Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense continue the roll they hit during the second quarter -- but this time against the Cardinals, and how much of a factor will former Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis play on Saturday night? We ask the Green Bay Press Gazette's Wes Hodkiewicz on that and more starting at 8 CT.

    At 8:35 CT, Brew City Wrestling owner Frankie "The Thumper" DeFalco and Ring of Honor rising star The Beer City Bruiser join us to promote "Rise to Honor" this Friday night and to talk about the state of Wisconsin independent wrestling.

    At 8:50 CT, we'll break down WWE NXT's show in Milwaukee on Thursday! B5Q's Andrew Rosin joins us to preview the exciting brand of the WWE.

  • 01:02

    Maryland vs. Wisconsin preview; Dave Aranda's departure; Badgers recruiting news

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    The Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team has played competitively in its first three Big Ten conference games, but ultimately having a 1-2 record with the No. 3 Maryland Terrapins on Saturday at the Kohl Center. What will the return of Wisconsin native and freshman phenom Diamond Stone mean for UW, and can Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Co. also contain Jake Layman, Jared Nickens and Rasheed Sulaimon?

    We'll also discuss the departure of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and the pay of assistant coaches. Yet without a coordinator for defense, the Badgers picked up a commitment from Kansas native Isaiahh Loudermilk. Plus, two Wisconsin verbal commits in Cole Van Lanen and Garrett Rand will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Tex. We'll discuss their potential.

    The Green Bay Packers will travel to Washington to take on the Redskins on Sunday. Can Aaron Rodgers and the offense somehow get back on track "when it matters the most?"

  • 01:06

    Green Bay Packers-Arizona Cardinals recap; Wisconsin Badgers in East-West Shrine

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    Despite a Herculean Hail Mary at the end of regulation, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers fell 26-20 to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime in the NFC Divisional playoff round. With reports of assistant coaches fired just three days after the loss, what does the future hold for the Packers in terms of its free agents and the 2016 season? What will you think of when you think about the 2015 season? We talk with 247Sports' Brian Carriveau to start off the show.

    The Wisconsin Badgers may be done with the 2015 college football season, but some former UW standouts are participating in the East-West Shrine game on Saturday. Can Joel Stave, Derek Watt, Tyler Marz, and Michael Caputo improve their chances of landing in the NFL?