The National Association of State EMS Officials is the lead national organization for EMS, a respected voice for national EMS policy with comprehensive concern and commitment for the development of effective, integrated, community-based, universal and consistent EMS systems. Read more...
NASEMSO Medical Directors Council to Meet in January 2014
(11/06/13) The NASEMSO Medical Directors Council will meet in Tucson, AZ on January 15, 2014, in conjunction with the NAEMSP Annual Meeting, January 16-19. The Medical Directors Council is one of five NASEMSO councils and is comprised of the state-designated physician or physicians from the state and territorial EMS offices. More information about the NASEMSO Medical Directors Council can be found here.
NASEMSO Announces Call for Poster Presentations
(11/06/13) NASEMSO cordially invites individuals to participate in its inaugural poster competition for the 2014 NASEMSO Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. Staff members of a state office or foundation of EMS and trauma systems (must be a primary or contributing author) are eligible to participate. EMSC staff members not employed within the state office are also eligible, as are contracted state medical directors. See details here.
Calling All NASEMSO Authors: Share Your Success
(11/06/13) NASEMSO members are accomplished professionals. Many frequently participate in system development activities, demonstration projects, clinical research, and more that are published in health, medical, and industry journals. NASEMSO and Washington Update would like to highlight these activities and accomplishments. Please send information related to published articles to NASEMSO Program Manager Kathy Robinson. Notices of state and/or national awards are also welcome.
NASEMSO Endorses Hartford Consensus II Document
(11/06/13) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Board of Directors has formally endorsed, with comments, the Hartford Consensus II document that was developed to enhance survival from active shooters and intentional mass casualty events. The document encourages medical training for external hemorrhage control by law enforcement officers and includes an acronym to describe the needed response to active shooter and intentional mass-casualty events. The acronym is THREAT:
The Hartford Consensus II document also promotes greater integration of EMS, fire, rescue, and law enforcement resources to optimize patient care. Read about the background here. NASEMSO letter and comments are available here.
Wanted: 2014 NASEMSO Calendar Items
(11/06/13) It’s that time of year again—refreshing the NASEMSO and WU calendar of events! While items are accepted any time during the year, if you know of upcoming dates and locations of state and national meetings that we should include, please feel free to email NASEMSO Program Manager Kathy Robinson and NASEMSO Website Content Manager Karen Thompson.
EMS News & Resources
FEMA and Partners Publish "Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach"
(11/26/13) FEMA, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the American Red Cross has released "Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach." This document reflects the first U.S. attempt to establish a baseline foundation and whole community approach for reunifying children separated from their parents or legal guardians in the aftermath of a disaster. To ensure that this initiative was truly comprehensive, whole community partners from across the country were engaged in the development of "Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach," to include inter-governmental partners, pediatric experts, and voluntary, faith based, children and disability organizations, as well as other applicable stakeholders and advocacy groups. The report is posted in FEMA's LLIS website public document library and can also be downloaded here.
HHS publishes HIPAA Guide for Law Enforcement
(11/18/13) The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, in cooperation with the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has published a two-page HIPAA Guide for Law Enforcement. The purpose of the publication is to assist law enforcement when trying to obtain health information that is protected by the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The guide provides a basic description of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and identifies entities that are and are not required to comply. The guide also outlines several disclosure permissions that allow the disclosure of health information to law enforcement in common law enforcement situations, such as during an emergency response.
ACEP Releases National EMS Culture of Safety Strategy
(11/14/13) The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) released the National EMS Cultural of Safety Strategy document. This marks the completion of a 36-month cooperative agreement between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Emergency Medical Services for Children Program. It stems from a recommendation from the National EMS Advisory Council to provide guidance to the U.S. Department of Transportation and NHTSA's Office of EMS on safety issues facing the industry, and to develop a strategy for a new culture of safety within EMS.
Comments Accepted on HHS Guidance on Temporary Assignment of Personnel During Public Health Emergencies
(11/06/13) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is accepting comments on proposed "Guidance for Temporary Reassignment of State and Local Personnel during a Public Health Emergency." Section 201 of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (PAHPRA), Public Law 113–5, amends section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act to provide the Secretary of HHS with discretion to authorize the temporary reassignment of state, tribal and local personnel during a declared federal public health emergency upon request by a state or tribal organization or their designee. This proposed guidance addresses that provision. View the Federal Register Notice here. The guidance is available online here. The deadline for comments is Dec. 17, 2013.
|The material published on the NASEMSO Web site is for informational purposes only. NASEMSO does not support, endorse or recommend any position, product or service unless explicitly stated.|