November 28, 2009

NEMT Case Study: The Wheelchair Taxi

CASE STUDY - Joel Davis, author of "How to Build a Million Dollar Medical Transportation Company" in conversation with Carlos Banks, owner/operator of The Wheelchair Taxi located in North Carolina. Carlos describes how he used Joel's ebook, and online support network to help him establish and grow a successful Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Business. He had been a UPS driver for 20 years and had no previous experience in business. Today his income is 4 times that of what he earned as a courier, and as he say's in the interview: "I went from taking orders from management, to giving orders." Since the time of this interview, Carlos has attended Joel's Million Dollar Seminar and has applied that new knowledge to improve his non-emergency medical transportation business. Here are some of the practical applications that he has employed: 1. diversifying your NEMT operation by offering a courier service. 2. improving business management practices. 3. the value of networking with other entrepreneurs in the non-emergency medical transportation industry by using such services as Joel's MDTVIP service.

November 8, 2009

H1N1 Flu Preparedness

2009 FLU PANDEMIC - Many of the clients transported by paratransit and non-emergency medical transportation providers are particularly vulnerable to the effects of Swine Flu: people with conditions such as asthma, arthritis or lupus, diabetes, cancer, and heart or kidney disease. See PandemicFlu.gov for more information. To help stop the spread of the virus to clients, personnel, and the public; some organizations have developed/implemented a preparedness plan. For example, here is some of what Sacramento's Paratransit,Inc. is doing:

1. Educate staff to recognize and report any information that may be vital in preventing the exposure of viruses to passengers and each other.
2. Encourage among employees and passengers an increased use of hand sanitizer, gloves, and dust masks.
3. Buses and facility are disinfected daily with particular attention to common areas.
4. If feeling ill, passengers and employees are asked to refrain from traveling or going to work.

More information can be found here: Planning for 2009 H1N1 Influenza (A Preparedness Guide for Small Business). The following video shows what the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority been doing during this, the second wave of the pandemic.