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What happens before a
patient comes through the hospital
door matters because earlier interventions
can positively affect downstream
patient outcomes and costs
of care. This article describes how emergency medical services (EMS) are increasingly becoming part of an integrated care system, and the expanded role of ambulance services and paramedics to increase access to services for preventive, public health,
and post-discharge care. Ways in which health system leaders can collaborate with EMS are also suggested.