Education By The Sea 2019

EMERGICON presents Education By the Sea, in conjunction with the Port Aransas EMS Conference, May 16 – 18, 2019.

  • 16 Hours of CEs available
  • Hotel discounts
  • Family-friendly atmosphere

EMERGICON clients, email to receive a special registration code for free entry.

Things to Remember

  • Dress is casual, as is the atmosphere!
  • Family Friendly
  • The Conference is being held at the Port Aransas Community Center located at: 710 W. Avenue A, Port Aransas, TX 78373
  • Your entry fee of $50.00 per person is due at time of registration. Payable by credit or debit card.
  • You will need to sign in at the front door and pick up your name tag.

Where To Stay

Have you booked your rooms?

Silver Sands Vacation Rentals offers condos, townhomes, and houses for rent that are ideal for groups. Visit to view available rentals. If you would like to book a vacation rental for your group, email Shana Craine at and use promo code EBTS2019 to get the conference rate. Each rental comes with the use of a golf cart during your stay.

Amelias Landing | Rates starting at $71.95/night
Call and speak to Mary and mention “Education By The Sea” for this rate.


Email with questions.

Alister Square Inn | Rates starting at $85/night
Mention “Education by the Sea” for this rate!

Featured Speakers

Headshot of Amanda Stark.Amanda Stark, Senior Attorney at Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC.

Amanda’s work for PWW includes representing private, public and non‐profit EMS agencies, billing companies and others that serve the nation’s
ambulance industry on reimbursement and compliance issues.

Amanda is a speaker on all‐things compliance as well as a variety of other topics at PWW’s signature abc360 conference series and other seminars and webinars. Amanda co‐developed and is now the main instructor for NAAC’s Certified Ambulance Compliance Officer Course. She is also one
of the authors of the Ambulance Compliance Program Toolkit and helps to develop many of the firm’s other articles, presentations, and programs that are widely used by EMS providers throughout the United States. Amanda is passionate about policies and enjoys helping clients implement and improve their compliance programs. To read Amanda’s full bio, click here.

Chief Officer Christopher Way, Kootenai County EMS, Idaho

Chief Christopher Way was appointed the Chief Officer of the Kootenai County EMS System in North Idaho on September of 2013.  Prior to his current position he served as an EMS Chief for a county in Southeast Kansas.  Chief Way attended Labette and Coffeyville Community Colleges for his EMS certifications and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Management from Mid America Nazarene University.

Chief Way has been involved in EMS since January 1992.  For over twenty-six years he has served, initially, as an EMT and EMT-I and then in 1994 became a paramedic.  As an EMT he served on a rural Ambulance service while becoming a paramedic.  After becoming a paramedic he was hired in a large metropolitan EMS System and served in several roles including; paramedic, field training officer, clinical instructor, tactical paramedic, and Operations Supervisor/Shift Commander. To read Christopher’s full bio, click here.

Stephen Rahm, NRP

Stephen Rahm is a paramedic, educator, and author. He is the Chief of the Office of Clinical Direction and Co-Chair of the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences (cEHS), located in Spring Branch, TX. Stephen has authored numerous EMS textbooks and is published in a number of journal articles and scientific posters. He teaches critical care procedural anatomy classes at the cEHS, as well as around the country, and is a regular presenter at state and national EMS conferences. Stephen remains active as a paramedic with Bulverde Spring Branch Fire & EMS.

Bill Justice, NREMT-P, TEMS-I

F/F (ret), NREMT-P, TEMS-I
Associate Director
University of Oklahoma
Department of Emergency Medicine
Center for Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Special Operations Division
US Marshals Task Force
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department Tactical Team

Bill is a frequent educator at regional, national and international conferences. His user-friendly approach to emergency management topics provides a relaxed and interactive atmosphere for all participants. His background started in 1978 in EMS and remains currently active with Fire-Rescue, EMS and Law enforcement.

He is currently a member of the NAEMT Board of Directors and Regional PHTLS/TCCC Coordinator, AHA Regional Faculty and multiple committee’s on Disaster Medicine.  Bill continues to assist local, state and federal law enforcement and military agencies with education and response operations.

Chief Scott Lail, EMT-P, FP-C, CFE

Scott began his EMS career in 1992. Shortly after his arrival into pre-hospital medicine, he became a Firefighter with the City of Cleburne, Texas. With his love for education, Scott became the EMS educator for his Fire Department, and other local agencies in need. He also joined Tarrant County College in Fort Worth as Adjunct EMS Faculty.  In 1999, Scott became a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite in Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas.

For over 26 years, Scott continued to work both Fire and EMS as well as Flight. He is currently the Fire Chief, a certified Master Firefighter and an EMS Instructor with the Cleburne Fire Department as well as a Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C).  He recently “hung up his wings” after 19 years as a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite, though he still maintains his flight status just in case! Scott has lectured at state, national, and international conferences with a reputation as a dynamic speaker. He also recently appeared in an episode of “Miracle Detectives” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Dr. Jeff Jarvis, Medical Director

Dr. Jeff Jarvis is the EMS Medical Director for Williamson County EMS and Marble Falls Area EMS in Central Texas. He maintains a clinical practice in the ED at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock, Texas. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. He began his career in EMS over 30 years ago, has worked in three states as a paramedic, and retains his active paramedic license today. He has served on multiple state and national committees to promote his profession including chair of the state EMS medical director’s committee as well as serving on the technical expert panel for the EMSAgenda2050 project. He teaches extensively and has authored multiple articles on EMS issues. His research interests include airway management and clinical performance measures. He is a proud father of two wonderful kids, a husband to a very patient wife of 27 years, and a loyal Texas Aggie. He maintains his fitness and what little sanity he has left by “running his crazy away”.

Deputy Chief Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson began as a volunteer firefighter with Santa Fe Fire & Rescue in 1999.  Growing up Chris developed a passion for the fire service as he watched his father serve for 40 years as Fire Chief for Santa Fe Fire & Rescue.  Chris was hired with the Port of Houston Fire department in 2006, followed by Galveston Fire Department in 2012.  He attended the College of the Mainland fire academy graduating in 2004, where he then returned as an adjunct instructor in 2006.  Chris promoted through the ranks to Deputy Chief with Santa Fe Fire & Rescue in 2018.  Since then he has earned multiple certifications with the T.C.F.P and S.F.F.M.A.  He is an active participant in TIFMAS where he was recently deployed to California.  Recently in his hometown Deputy Chief Anderson was the Incident Commander of the Santa Fe High School shooting on May 18th 2018.  He resides in Santa Fe with his wife, Ashlyn, and three children Trenton, Makenzie, and Cameron.


Senior Attorney Amanda Stark from Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC will lead these Compliance Sessions on Thursday, May 16. There will be a 10-minute break following each session.

Thursday, May 16
08:30 – 9:00 Registration and Breakfast with Senior Attorney Amanda Stark
9:00 – 9:50 Compliance Hot Topics

This session will cover all of the latest news from the OIG and other federal agencies regarding enforcement and compliance trends. The session is designed to help you avoid the most current compliance threats facing the ambulance industry.

10:00 – 10:50 2019 HIPAA Updates and Changes

This is a year of big change and renewed enforcement of HIPAA. This session covers everything you need to know to be HIPAA compliant in 2019.

11:00 – 11:50 Using Audit Results as an Improvement Tool

We’ll provide the steps you should take to conduct internal audits and how you can use them to continuously improve your call intake, documentation and billing processes.

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch and Lecture – Creating Clear Compliance Policies

Sometimes what our policies say, isn’t really what we want them to mean. This session will give you a toolkit of practical techniques to use in developing, drafting implementing and enforcing your compliance policies.

13:00 – 13:50 Documentation QA

We’ll present 7 performance metrics your agency can implement and monitor to offer specific and objective feedback to your EMS crews regarding documentation.

14:00 – 14:50 Constructing a Clinical Narrative

This session will focus in on the process of producing a good clinical narrative so that ambulance revenue cycle professionals can gather all of the information they need – the first time – to make timely and accurate billing decisions.

15:00 – 15:50 Avoiding Negative Headlines

This session dives into the root causes that can lead to liability risks and negative headlines.

Meet & Greet
Thursday, May 16th @ 7:00 p.m.

Please make time to join us at Treasure Island Bar for a Meet & Greet!

315 N. Alister St.
Port Aransas, TX 78373

There will be 10-minute breaks after each session.

Friday, May 17
08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Breakfast with the Speakers
09:00 – 09:50 Bringing Battlefield Medicine to our Streets
Bill Justice, NREMT-P, TEMS-I
OHP/USMS Task Force
10:00 – 10:50 It’s Not Just Business, It’s Personal
Chief Scott Lail
Cleburne Fire Department, Texas
11:00 – 11:50 Unusual Rescue, Unusual Relationship
Chief Officer Chris Way
Kootenai County EMS, Idaho
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch provided
12:40 – 13:30 Advanced Airway Management
Dr. Jeff Jarvis, Medical Director
Williamson County EMS & Marble Falls Area EMS, Texas
13:40 – 14:30 TBD
Stephen Rahm, NRP
Bulverde-Spring Branch Fire & EMS, Texas

Sunset Pirate Cruise
Friday, May 17th @ 6:00 p.m.

Join us for the Red Dragon Sunset Pirate Cruise on Friday night. Space is limited to 90 – **EACH PERSON IN YOUR PARTY MUST RESERVE A SPOT**.

Reserve your seat now!

Red Dragon Sunset Pirate Cruises
440 West Cotter Ave.
Port Aransas, TX.

Saturday, May 18
08:00 – 08:30 Breakfast provided
08:30 – 09:20 Surviving in the Crosshair: Responding to Active Shooters
Bill Justice, NREMT-P, TEMS-I
OHP/USMS Task Force
09:30 – 11:20 Small Town, Big Day
Deputy Chief Christopher Anderson
Santa Fe Fire & Rescue, Texas
11:30 – 12:20 Lunch and Lecture – Things That Make You Go Hmmm
Dr. Jeff Jarvis, Medical Director
Williamson County EMS & Marble Falls Area EMS, Texas
12:30 – 13:20 Changes Coming with ET3
Christopher Turner, CEO

Annual Seaside Bonfire & Shrimp Boil
Saturday, May 18th @ 7:00 p.m.

Join us at the annual Seaside Bonfire, now featuring a Shrimp Boil presented by Rollin’ Tide Boil Co. from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Bring the family!

Exhibitor Information

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