Education By The Sea

EMERGICON presents Education By the Sea, in conjunction with the Port Aransas EMS Conference, May 17 – 19, 2018.

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

Space is limited, so register today.

EMERGICON clients, contact Courtney Chavis at 877-602-2060 or Brant Stovall at 817-691-6469 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 $45.00 is due at time of entry. Payable by cash, check, or 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?

Rooms at Amelias Landing, Alister Square and Best Western are sold out. But we have learned that the infamous Tarpon Inn will be reopening April 25th! They will have approximately 50 rooms available on a first come, first served basis.

Rooms rates will range from $110-$150/night.

Click here to book online or give them a call at 361-749-5555.

Be sure to mention you are attending “Education By The Sea”  for special pricing!






Featured Speakers

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

Amanda focuses on Reimbursement and Compliance issues and is a speaker at Page, Wolfberg & Wirth’s (PWW) signature abc3 conference series as well as other seminars and webinars. Amanda’s work for PWW includes representing private, public and nonprofit EMS agencies, billing companies and others that serve the nation’s ambulance industry. Amanda also helps to develop many of the firm’s articles, books, presentations and other programs that are widely used by EMS providers throughout the United States.

Amanda has significant experience advising both public and private ambulance services and third party billing agencies concerning reimbursement and compliance issues.

Photo of Scott Lail.

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 25 years, Scott continued to work both Fire and Flight, and is currently the Acting Fire Chief and an EMS Instructor with the Cleburne Fire Department and recently “hung up his wings” after 19 years as a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite. 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.


Amanda Stark will lead these Compliance Sessions on Thursday, May 17. Check back for the Education by the Sea EMS conference agenda and speakers for May 18 and 19, which will include Scott Lail.

Thursday, May 17
Morning Sessions:
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.
Creating and Using Dispatch Protocols This session will walk you through the steps to develop dispatch protocols that address the compliance concerns related to emergency response and ALS1-Emergency billing, even when your EMS agency is not directly responsible for the actual dispatch.
Making Sense of Signatures This session brings all of the various signature rules into one session and presents them all in a logical fashion that demystifies the whole process of maintaining signature compliance in all of your ambulance documentation.
Patient Access and Other Need to Know HIPAA Rules for 2018 This session will cover the latest guidance from OCR as well as recent enforcement actions so you can check in and make sure your HIPAA compliance activities meet government standards.
Afternoon Sessions:
Uncover the Missing Links Between Patient Care and Reimbursement This session will use real-life examples to help you discover and fix the disconnect between clinical documentation and reimbursement.
Six Strategies for Improving Crew Documentation These six strategies are specifically targeted at helping your agency raise the bar on patient care reporting and at the same time improve crew accountability and “buy in” toward your agency’s shared goals.
Mock Cross-Exam This interactive session will demystify the process of testifying in court, and include a live demonstration of a cross examination of an EMS provider in a lawsuit to help underscore the importance of effective and complete documentation.


Meet & Greet
Thursday, May 17th @ 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

Friday sessions will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m. There is an optional, Prudence Exam immediately after the conclusion of the regular sessions for no additional cost. This exam is required prior to you doing your next recertification. Saturday sessions will begin at 8:30 and conclude by 3:15 p.m.

Join us for the Sunset Pirate Cruise on Friday night. Space is limited to 90. Reserve your seat now! Learn more about Red Dragon Pirate Cruises, 440 West Cotter Ave., Port Aransas, TX. **EACH PERSON IN YOUR PARTY MUST RESERVE A SPOT**

Our annual Beach Bonfire will be from 7:00-10:00 p.m. on Saturday evening. Bring the family!

Friday, May 18
07:45-08:15 Registration
08:15-08:30 Opening Remarks
08:30-09:15 TBA
09:15-10:00 Human Trafficking
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Chest Trauma Basics
Stephen Rahm
11:00-11:45 It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere: Lessons from Hurricane Harvey Medicine
Chief Tim McIntosh
11:45-12:15 Lunch Provided
12:15-13:00 Stroke Update
13:00-13:45 Patient Assessment
13:45-14:00 Break
14:00-14:45 Rapid Round Table
14:45-15:15 Evaluation/Wrap


Saturday, May 19
07:45-08:15 Registration
08:15-08:30 Opening Remarks
08:30-09:15 TBA
09:15-10:00 Snake Bite 101
Ryan Kelly
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Head Trauma
11:00-11:45 Difficult Airway

Chief Scott Lail; Bill Justice

11:45-12:15 Lunch Provided
12:15-13:00 MCI/Airway/Auto Lab
13:00-13:45 Airway/Auto/MCI Lab
13:45-14:00 Break
14:00-14:45 Auto/MCI/Airway Lab
14:45-15:15 Evaluation/Wrap

Vendor Information

If you’re interested in having a booth during the event, complete the Vendor Registration Form. Cost is $450 per vendor and includes 8’x10′ booth space.