Somerville, MA (September 25, 2014) – While Cataldo Ambulance Service maintains its core business as both an emergent and non-emergent medical transportation provider, recent changes in healthcare, brought about by the Affordable Care Act, have brought new opportunities within the system to assist clients in maintaining the overall health of their populations through a new healthcare initiative entitled Community Paramedicine. The newly formed community paramedicine division of Cataldo, SmartCare, is one of the first to receive approval in the State of Massachusetts.
SmartCare has been approved by the State for practice on a special project waiver, working in cooperation with a large medical facility in Boston. Through the use of technology and direct communication sources, SmartCare medics will have streamlined access to provide Primary Care Physicians with an educated clinical impression of a patient. This communication will allow PCP’s to make informed decisions as to the best and most cost effective follow up care necessary to treat their patients moving forward.
Community Paramedicine will serve as an enhancement to the current healthcare system, whereas specially trained senior paramedics will make home visits to patients and act as a direct link to each patient’s PCP. The new program does not go beyond the scope of practice of what paramedics currently do each day in the back of an ambulance, but rather transfers those clinical capabilities to treating patients within their own environments. Ultimately, the patients benefit through having direct access to a trained paramedic within the comforts of their home; and the healthcare system benefits by avoiding costly Emergency Room visits for those patients whose health concerns do not actually require emergency response.
Paramedics chosen for the SmartCare program have completed a customized training program focused on the specific needs of working directly with discharge planners, PCP’s, patients and their families. In anticipation of approval, Cataldo and the Boston medical facility held more than 10 planning meetings with the facility’s leadership team; participated in information sessions for nursing staff and PCP’s, and assigned key individuals from Cataldo to observe the daily workings of the facility's existing program.
Cataldo Ambulance Service and SmartCare, look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead and are honored to participate in changing the face of healthcare in Massachusetts.
Cataldo Ambulance Service
Cataldo Ambulance Service, and Atlantic Ambulance Service(a division of Cataldo Ambulance Service), currently provide 911 responses for 15 municipalities, hospitals and numerous private contracts from 21 base locations throughout Massachusetts covering Greater Boston and the North Shore. They are also a leading private provider of Emergency Medical Transportation in the Commonwealth. The Atlantic Ambulance Service Division is the primary entity that responds to communities in the northern most region of the Cataldo Ambulance Service operating area. Cataldo Ambulance Service is one of the first in the State of Massachusetts to receive approval to practice Community Paramedicine.
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