National EMS Performance Measure Development
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National EMS Performance Measure Development/EMS Compass Project

About This Initiative (

The goal of EMS Compass is to help EMS systems measure and improve the quality of care at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

Funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS and led by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), the EMS Compass initiative has engaged a wide range of EMS stakeholders to develop performance measures that are relevant to EMS agencies, regulators, and patients.  The measures will be based on the latest version of the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) and will allow local and state EMS systems to use their own data meaningfully.

The result of this work will benefit the EMS community from patient to provider and administrator to regulator, as they pursue meaningful performance measurement.  Due to the success of NEMSIS, the availability of standardized data will allow systems to use the EMS Compass performance measures to evaluate performance consistently over time and across borders.

  • Develop a comprehensive list of measures with specific definitions for EMS to improve quality, support accountability, and enable comparison.
  • Use evidence-based recommendations and best practice data as the foundation of the development process.
  • Utilize data elements from the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) compliant data whenever possible.
  • Engage local, state, and national stakeholders throughout the development and testing process.
  • Design a continuous system to support updating and expanding the performance measures dictionary going forward.
  • Submit EMS Performance Measures to the National Quality Forum for review and approval.

8/18/15 - Call for public comment for the first performance measures released (press release attached)

 press release ems compass first measures released 08-05-15.pdf (256.91 KB)
 emscompass_overview_04232015.pdf (854.92 KB)
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