How are abbreviations used in the EMS field?
- This means they use various EMS abbreviations for treatment methods. Just a few common treatment abbreviations that you might come across include: When it comes to assessment and treatment on the fly, there is a lot to remember. Therefore, EMT workers use some acronyms to ensure that they remember to check everything.
- Abdominal Pains/Problems. A-1 – Abdominal pain. C-1 – Males (oldet than 34) C-2 – Females (older than 45) C-3 – Not alert. C-4 – Females with fainting (ages 12 – 50)
- Allergies/Hives/Red Reaction/Stings. A-1 – No difficulty breathing or swallowing. B-1 – Unknown symptons (3rd party situation) C-1 – Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
- Animal Bites/Attacks. A-1 – Superficial or minor bites. A-2 – Spider or insect bites. B-1 – Peripheral bites with serious bleeding. B-2 – Unknown injuries (3rd party situation)
- Assault/Rape. A-1 – Not dangerous injuries. A-2 – Non-recent injuries (> 6 hrs) B-1 – Possibly dangerous injuries. B-2 – Serious hemorrhages. B-3 – Unknown injuries (3rd party situation)
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This page is a listing of the dispatch determinants (codes) utilized in the Priority Dispatching™ system by the National Academy of Emergency Dispatch™ (NAED™). It includes the alphanumeric codes such as 1-D-1 (i.e. 1-Delta-1), the generic text descriptors for each code, and any applicable suffixes (special situations). This list is current as of the following Priority Dispatch™ versions: MPDS® v12.2, FPDS® v7 and PPDS® v4.1.Protocol 1: Abdominal Pain/ProblemsProtocol 2: Allergies (Reactions)/Envenomations (Stings/Bites)Protocol 3: Animal Bites/AttacksProtocol 4: Assault/Sexual AssaultProtocol 5: Back Pain (Non-Traumatic or Non-Recent Trauma)Protocol 6: Breathing ProblemsProtocol 51: Aircraft EmergencyProtocol 52: AlarmsProtocol 53: Service CallProtocol 54: Confined Space/Structure CollapseProtocol 55: Electrical HazardProtocol 56: Elevator/Escalator Incident
Note: For all protocols, an affix of "OCI" in the dispatch code indicates "Officer Created Incident" (e.g. 103OCI - Administrative). An affix of "X" indicates call was transferred to an outside agency (e.g. 105X - Animal). 1. Protocol 101: Abduction/Kidnapping 1. Protocol 102: Abuse/Abandonment/Neglect 1. Protocol 103: Administrative 1. Protocol 104: Alarms 1. Protocol 105: Animal 1. Protocol 106: Assault/Sexual Assault 1. Protocol 107: Assist Other Agencies 1. Protocol 108: Bomb Found/Suspicious Package 1. Protocol 109: Bomb Threat 1.1. 109-D-1 High Occupancy 1.2. 109-D-2 Low Occupancy 1.3. 109-Ω-1 Information 1.4. 109-Ω-2 Referral 1. Protocol 110: Burglary (Break and Enter)/Home Invasion 1.1. 110-E-1 Immediate life threat 1.2. 110-E-2 Person in danger (no immediate life threat) 1.3. 110-D-1 Burglary (break and enter) 1.4. 110-D-2 Home invasion 1.5. 110-B-1 Past burglary (break and enter) 1.6. 110-B-2 Past home invasion 1.7. 110-Ω-1 Information 1.8. 110-Ω-1 Referral 1.8.1. Suffixes...
Assessment EMS Abbreviations. From the minute that an EMS worker looks at you, they might start listing off abbreviations to their partner or on the walkie-talkie. Not only is the emergency medical technician (EMT) assessing the condition of the person in distress, but they’re also trying to quickly make a diagnosis to stabilize a person.
- Differentiate Emergency vs. Non-Emergency Response
- Break Down Ambulance Services Categories
- Ground Ambulance Services
- Air Ambulance Services
- Non-Covered Services
To prevent coding errors, use extreme care when differentiating emergency from non-emergency transports. This often requires additional education for ambulance providers to assure their documentation of a patient’s conditions accurately describes when an emergency condition existed, or when an emergency transport was required. CMS defines an emergency response as, “responding immediately at the BLS or ALS1 level of service to a 911 call or the equivalent.” An immediate response is defined as a response by the ambulance supplier that begins as quickly as possible to the call. Emergency response is based on internal protocols, which consider the information received during the call. The call does not have to come through a 911 system. All scheduled transports are considered non-emergency, and include routine transports to nursing homes, patient homes, and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities.
In the Ground Ambulance Services section of the ambulance fee schedule, there are seven categories of ground ambulance services (“ground” refers to both land and water transportation) and two categories of air ambulance services. The level of service is based on the patient’s condition, not the vehicle used. This is a challenge for many coders. In addition to the HCPCS Level II procedure codes and standard set of modifiers (see Chart A), a unique set of modifiers (see Chart B) are required to identify the origin and destination, which are affixed to the procedure code. Mileage must also be calculated, which presents additional challenges if this information is not clearly documented (ambulance coders are all too familiar with programs that estimate mileage between pick-up and drop-off points to assure accuracy for mileage calculations). Chart A: Common modifiers for ambulance services Chart B: Specialty modifiers for reporting ambulance services (including origin and destination cod...
A0425 Ground mileage, per statute mile requires documentation and/or calculation of mileage between sites. A0426 Ambulance service, advanced life support, nonemergency transport, level 1 (ALS1) includes transportation by ground ambulance and medically necessary supplies and services. The response personnel are required to document an ALS assessment, or to provide at least one ALS intervention. Advanced life support assessment is defined as: 1. Assessment performed by an ALS crew as part of an emergency response that was necessary; or 2. The patient’s reported condition at the time of dispatch was such that only an ALS crew was qualified to perform the assessment. An ALS intervention includes procedures that are beyond the scope of an EMT-basic. Personnel qualified for ALS are trained EMT-intermediates or paramedics. Often, the ALS assessment does not indicate that the patient required a level of service consistent with ALS, but that is only determined after the assessment is perform...
The two categories of air ambulance services are fixed wing (airplane) and rotary wing (helicopter). The air ambulance mileage rate is calculated per actual loaded (patient onboard) miles flown, and is expressed in statute miles (not nautical miles). A0430 Ambulance service, conventional air services, transport, one way (fixed wing). Fixed wing air ambulance (FW) is used when the patient’s medical condition requires immediate and rapid transportation that can’t be provided by ground ambulance either because the point of pick-up is inaccessible, the nearest hospital with appropriate facilities is far away, or the road is impassable due to heavy traffic or other obstacles. Mileage is identified with A0435 Fixed wing air mileage, per statute mile. A0431 Ambulance service, conventional air services, transport, one way (rotary wing). Rotary wing air ambulance (RW) service is used when a patient requires rapid transportation due to medical condition, and there are transportation challenge...
Effective Jan. 1, 2012, CMS allows ambulance providers to bill procedure codes for non-covered ambulance services. This does not include supplies associated with a covered ambulance transport. Per CMS Internet Only Manual (publication 100-04, chapter 15, section 30.1), those supplies are included in the base rate. If the supplies are associated with a non-covered service, they are billable to Medicare with modifier GY Item or service statutorily excluded, does not meet the definition of any Medicare benefit or for non-Medicare insurers, is not a contract benefit. Procedure codes A0021-A0424 and A0998 Ambulance response and treatment, no transport are billable procedure codes and must include modifier GY; however, they are not payable by Medicare. Effective for claims with dates of service on and after Oct. 1, 2013, payment for non-emergency BLS transports of individuals with ESRD to and from renal dialysis treatment facilities will be reduced by 10 percent. The reduced rate will be...
A Code 3 Response in the United States is used to describe a mode of response for an emergency vehicle responding to a call. It is commonly used to mean "use lights and siren". In some agencies, Code 3 is also called a Hot Response. Code 1 is also called a Cold Response. Some slang may be used, such as "Running Hot", or "Running Cold".