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NASEMSO Joins EMS Organizations to Comment on FCC Proposed Rule Making

(06/03/14) NASEMSO, the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), the National Association of EMTS (NAEMT), and the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) have
collaboratively joined forces to support proposed rules by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require indoor location accuracy as a means to enhance the E911 system. As part of the Federal Docket No. 07-114, the group submitted formal comment and continues to monitor the proposal. Download comments here.

NASEMSO Annual Meeting Update

(06/03/14) Important information is now available for the 2014 Annual Meeting. The preliminary program, hotel reservation information, and registration form have now been posted. We are excited about meeting in Cleveland (home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) where our hosts promise an educational and fun-filled meeting. And don’t miss the opportunity to enter the inaugural NASEMSO Poster Competition. For those whose states restrict employees to staying at hotels charging the per diem rate, please note that the hotel is offering a limited number of “per diem” rate rooms on a first come, first serve basis. You will be required to show state ID card when checking in. Learn more.

Interested persons are reminded that NASEMSO is conducting a poster competition in conjunction with the NASEMSO Annual Meeting. The goal of the poster competition is to foster and develop system research and performance assessment and improvement skills in State offices of EMS and Trauma. Download the Call for Posters. Deadline for abstracts is Aug. 31, 2014. Questions should be directed to Terry Mullins.

NASEMSO Congratulates Joe Schmider on State Director Appointment to FICEMS

(05/08/14) Public Law 109-59 authorizes the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS), an entity that is tasked to ensure coordination among the Federal agencies involved with State, local, tribal, or regional EMS and 9-1-1 systems. NASEMSO recently learned that NASEMSO member Joe Schmider has been appointed by Transportation Secretary Foxx to fill the position reserved for a State EMS Director. Schmider has been active in EMS for many years, while serving in a variety of positions from Pennsylvania to Texas, and is well qualified to fill the shoes of retired FICEMS member, Dr. Robert Bass. Please join us in congratulating Joe on this important accomplishment.

 

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The EMS and Highway Safety Connection: New Website Launched

(06/26/14) NASEMSO is delighted that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has created a website designed to promote collaboration between EMS and highway safety officials. The site recently became live and can be accessed at EMS and Highway Safety. One goal of the site is to encourage State EMS Offices to engage in the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) process to reduce serious highway injuries and fatalities. The Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a data-driven, four to five year comprehensive plan that integrates the 4Es of highway safety: Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). For a number of years, NASEMSO has worked to promote such collaboration. The Highway Incident and Transportation Systems (HITS) Committee was established as a standing Committee of NASEMSO in 2008 in an effort to further promote EMS involvement in highway safety issues. In fact, HITS members provided input on the content for the new site when the developer presented the project at HITS Committee meetings in 2013. See HITS Committee & Projects for more information on NASEMSO activities in highway safety issues and projects.

Field EMS Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

(05/22/14) On Mar. 22, 2014, S. 2400, the Field EMS Innovation Act (Field EMS Bill) was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). This Senate bill is the companion to the Field EMS Bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 26, 2013, as H.R. 809 by Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.).

NASEMSO is part of a coalition supporting this legislation. Download NAEMT press release for more details.

The Field EMS Bill addresses many of the challenges EMS systems face while trying to fulfill public expectations that all who need EMS can depend upon the highest quality of care and transport to the most appropriate clinical setting.

The first bill to seriously look at EMS issues since the 1960s, the act would improve access to essential and life-saving EMS services and better integrate EMS within the larger health care system.

New Information Available on Local Health Department Services and Resources

(06/03/14) The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has launched a new website for the National Profile of Local Health Departments (Profile) study. The website contains information from the most comprehensive survey of local health departments, including data on workforce, programs and services and partnerships.

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