A&E Emergency Service's Chief, Ben Smith, was invited to represent and speak to Congress on behalf of EMS professionals in Middle Tennessee at EMS on the Hill in Washington, DC April 2016 to discuss the ever changing needs of Emergency Medical Services. All EMS members represented at EMS on the Hill had the opportunity to meet in small groups with their local state representatives to bring awareness to various needs in EMS. Some of the topics discussed were controlled substance administration, creating an EMS memorial, allowing military medics to transition into civilian EMS workforce, and modernizing EMS. When asked to address the members of Congress, Chief Smith addressed the need for improved education so as to be recognized by the Health Care Community that we are indeed a highly trained profession and not just a trade program and by being recognized as a highly trained profession this would allow for the EMS community to receive increased reimbursement rates which in turn would allow employers to increase EMS salaries. Chief Smith appreciated the opportunity to address the members of Congress and looks forward to future opportunities to reach out nationally to help further the growth and education in EMS.
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