July 23 – 27, 2018
JW MARRIOTT DESERT RIDGE RESORT
PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Program

Pinnacle engages attendees with no-holds-barred exploration of the most relevant topics in the changing world of EMS. You’ll receive up-to-the-minute information, insight into emerging trends, and real-world tools you can use to get results in your organization.

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  • PINNACLE POWER SEMINARS

    Monday, August 7
    8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

    PINNACLE POWER SEMINARS

    CLINICAL BEST PRACTICES 2017: WHAT DOES THE LATEST EVIDENCE TELL US?

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    The creation of a culture of science and information continues to gain momentum in EMS, thanks to the work of pioneering researchers and a growing body of evidence.

    In this educational and interactive seminar, some of the leading minds in prehospital care will examine the latest clinical research and trends, providing participants with an insightful look at which new developments will change EMS practice—and which ones won’t be around next year.

    This session will shed light on current clinical innovations (and challenges), new mechanisms to make quality improvement efforts more effective and efficient, how EMS can participate in large-scale population health research projects, and a look at some of the most cutting-edge clinical innovations available today and in the future

    (Note: Participants registered for this workshop will receive articles to read prior to attending the session to facilitate discussion.)

    You will learn:

    • Current research initiatives and their implications for your EMS system
    • Evidence-based ways to address the opioid crisis, sepsis and other issues facing EMS providers today
    • How to prepare for, and take advantage of, anticipated shifts in standards of care and priorities
    • New innovations and technologies that will have a positive impact in your system

    Leading EMS researchers Scott Bourn, PhD, former Senior Vice President Quality Measurement and Improvement at Evolution Health; David Page, MS, Director of the Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA; Ed Racht, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AMR, and Angus Jameson, MD, EMS Medical Director, Pinellas County, Florida, will facilitate this session.

    Sponsored by the Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA


  • MAIN CONFERENCE

    Tuesday, August 8
    2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

    SPECIAL MEETINGS & EVENTS

    PINNACLE MEDICAL DIRECTOR AND EMS EXECUTIVE FORUM

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    In this high-energy, informal and candid session, EMS chiefs and their medical directors discuss where their goals and strategies align and where they sometimes collide. Research, education, data-driven decisions, implementation of new technology, quality improvement, succession planning and more are all on the table. We encourage medical directors and chiefs from the same system attend, but the session is open and complimentary to all. The discussion will be facilitated by Brian LaCroix, CEO and EMS Chief of Allina Health EMS and Ed Racht, MD, AMR’s Chief Medical Officer.


    Thursday, August 10
    1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

    MAIN CONFERENCE

    HOW THE QUALITY MOVEMENT GOT HIJACKED (AND WHAT EMS LEADERS CAN DO ABOUT IT)

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    More than 15 years ago, the Institute of Medicine defined high-quality care as doing the right thing (delivering the healthcare services that are truly needed), at the right time (when a patient needs them), and in the right way (using appropriate tests or procedures).

    But strange things happened along the path toward improving EMS quality. What began as a drive to help patients was twisted to be more about judging and dismissing caregivers, rather than recognizing and developing them into better providers.

    Ed Racht, MD, AMR’s Chief Medical Officer, and Mike Taigman, Improvement Guide for FirstWatch, two of the nation’s leading experts on quality improvement, will entertain and enlighten as they share how to prevent this phenomenon in your organization and make sure your quality programs are truly focused on quality.

    Sponsored by Markel


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  • SPECIAL MEETINGS & EVENTS

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