Responder Care™ provides private Emergency Medical Services (EMS) & Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) - Community Paramedicine (CP), free of charge for First Responders and their families.
First-Responders, front-line emergency personnel, public safety, dispatchers, emergency planners, and their families can access Responder Care™, FREE of charge.
Patients who do not qualify for Responder Care™ are referred to EMERGILITY™ Mobile Medical Care (MIH-CP) or other appropriate medical provider.
Responder Care™ operates primarily in Northern Virginia.
Responder Care™ can operate outside Virginia if treatment originates or terminates in Virginia, as permitted by licensure and law.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a system that responds to emergencies in need of highly skilled pre-hospital clinicians. EMS also plays a role in non-emergent medical care. Community Paramedicine (CP), also known as Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH), is a patient-centered healthcare model in which EMS clinicians provide care outside the emergency response system. -source: ems.gov
Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) is a coordinated, patient-centered, evidence-based, holistic model of care using collaborative, interdisciplinary teams to serve patient needs at the most appropriate level of care at a safe location of their convenience.
Community Paramedicine (CP) is a segment of Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) that is a provider-led, patient-centered delivery care model using appropriately trained Emergency Medical Services (EMS) clinicians in an expanded role to render care, facilitate a more efficient delivery of care, and enhance access to community resources that address the social determinants of health.
Physician extension occurs when a licensed physician authorizes a non-physician to act as a “physician extender” to provide medical care to patients directly under the physician's medical license. In traditional practices the physician extender is a nurse practitioner (NP) or physician assistant (PA) operating under a collaborative practice agreement with the physician.
In emergency medical services (EMS), certified and registered EMS providers, as defined by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), deliver medical care as a physician extender while operating under the direction of a physician, standing orders/protocols, or operational medical direction (OMD).
In emerging private practices, hospitals, or concierge-like mobile medical care services, the physician extender can include registered nurses and EMS providers with expanded training and authorization to provide a variety of medical services within their scope of practice and as a medical assistant to a physician or advanced practitioner under the same medical direction as EMS agencies and practices.
Responder Care™ provides private EMS & MIH-CP services utilizing physicians, physician extenders (advanced practitioners, nurses, and EMS providers), mixed medical professionals, and non-medical personnel. The level and type of provider present at the time of service is based on client need and resource availability.
EMS provider affiliation, training, and authorization is required for responders to provide medical care under the EMERGILITY™ EMS Agency (VA50537), as permitted by licensure and law.
Yes. Virginia EMS providers can affiliate with more than one EMS Agency.
No. Responder Care™ does not replace or compete with public 9-1-1 or other private medical services. Rather, Responder Care™ provides enhanced, alternative, and private access to EMS & MIH-CP services otherwise not available or accessible.
No. Responder Care™ provides EMS & MIH-CP with an expanded scope of practice that leverages real-time on-line medical control and advanced practice in-person and via telemedicine.
Not necessarily. Patient movement and transportation is a means of treatment. Not all patients treated by Responder Care™ require transport to a hospital. If clinically indicated, Responder Care™ providers will urge the patient to seek higher level care and to be transported. But the decision of transport in most all situations is at the discretion of the patient and/or consulting physician.