Dawn M. Shiley-Danzeisen
Marketing & Communications Director
National Association of State EMS Officials
201 Park Washington Court
Falls Church, VA 22046-4527
NASEMSO NEWS RELEASES
NASEMSO Announces Resolutions Supporting CARES and FirstNet (10/10/16) At its recent Fall Meeting, the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) passed resolutions on two important issues: (1) supporting the data elements in CARES as the national standard prehospital data set for cardiac arrests, and (2) championing the First Responder Network Authority as the nationwide broadband network for EMS.
- Download press release: NASEMSO Announces Resolutions Supporting CARES and FirstNet
- NASEMSO Resolution 2016-01: CARES – Supporting a National Standard Prehospital Data Set for Cardiac Arrest
- NASEMSO Resolution 2016-02: Support of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)
NASEMSO Releases State Model Rules for Regulation of Air Medical Services (09/21/16) Today at its Fall Meeting, NASEMSO announced the release of “State Model Rules for the Regulation of Air Medical Services” to assist states with regulatory language intended to avoid conflict with the Airlines Deregulation Act (ADA) and the possibility of Federal preemption. These model rules are intended to be applied in a manner that would confine their scope to matters solely related to medical care, and not construed in a way that could constitute regulation of aviation safety or economic matters.
NASEMSO is the lead national organization for emergency medical services (EMS) and a respected voice for national EMS policy. Air ambulances are medical resources that are used and integrated within EMS systems to provide patient care. In response to “Guidelines for the Use and Availability of Helicopter Emergency Medical Transport (HEMS)” published by the United States Department of Transportation in April 2015, NASEMSO sought to identify opportunities for state regulations that address outcomes related to:
- Quality of emergency medical care provided to patients
- Requirements related to the qualifications and training of air ambulance medical personnel
- Scope of practice and credentialing
- Maintenance of medical records, data collection, and reporting
- Medically related equipment standards
- Patient care environments
- EMS radio communications
- Medically related dispatch requirements
- Medical transport plans including transport to appropriate facilities
- Other medical licensing requirements
NASEMSO Announces New Trauma Monograph at 2016 Fall Meeting (09/21/16) NASEMSO today announced the release of a new monograph, “Status of State Trauma System Planning and Development: Utilization of the HRSA Model Trauma System Planning and Evaluation Document,” at the NASEMSO 2016 Fall Meeting.
In this monograph, NASEMSO examined the general status of formal trauma system development in the states, and particularly the utilization of system development tools produced by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.) Key data included: 82% of respondents indicated their state has enabling legislation or rules to designate trauma centers; 23% of respondents, only 16 percent of all states, have legislative authority to limit the number of trauma centers; 46% of respondents did not receive federal or outside funding for state trauma program administration; In spite of a 16% net loss in the Level I category, there has been a 27 percent increase in trauma centers overall since 2010; and the largest increase in trauma center recognition is occurring at the level III (12%), IV (63%), and V (117%) levels.
NASEMSO Supports New National EMSC Innovation & Improvement Center (June 10, 2016) NASEMSO is pleased to announce that beginning July 1, 2016, an Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) will be launched to oversee and develop new initiatives to optimize and improve pediatric emergency care nationwide. NASEMSO will collaborate in this effort as a key stakeholder, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). A long-time EMSC advocate, NASEMSO will provide expertise and assistance with EIIC activities through its Pediatric Emergency Care Council (PECC) to foster QI collaboratives, establish a National Pediatric ED Facility Recognition program for states, and to improve pediatric readiness through pediatric equipment, training, QI process and systems improvement. Download press release for details.
NASEMSO Awarded Two Federal Awards for Projects of National Significance (10/15/15) The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) is pleased to announce that two awards have been finalized: "Ambulance Design Guidelines and Standards," with the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST); and "Developing Evidence-Based Guidelines for Fatigue Risk Management in Emergency Medical Services," with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). See the news release for details.
EMS Performance Measures Project Aims to Help Local Systems Improve EMS Compass Initiative Looks To Community For Input (04/23/15) "EMS Compass, an initiative to improve systems of care though meaningful performance measures, is underway and will soon be looking for input from the public,” said Nick Nudell, EMS Compass project manager, at Tuesday’s closing session of the NASEMSO 2015 Spring Meeting. The initiative launched earlier this year with funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through a cooperative agreement with the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO). EMS Compass brings together many of the nation’s leading minds in EMS, healthcare and performance improvement, including the expertise of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Overview of EMS Compass
NASEMSO Introduces Toward Zero Deaths Efforts to Reduce Highway Fatalities (03/10/15) The NASEMSO joined the National Strategy on Highway Safety Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) effort, a vision of eliminating fatalities on our nation’s roads. The National Strategy on Highway Safety Toward Zero Deaths effort was created by a steering committee cooperative that includes organizations representing our nation’s highway safety system that have joined together to reduce annual traffic fatalities from more than 33,000 a year to zero. The TDZ Steering Committee, which included NASEMSO as one of eight organizational members, rolled out the TZD plan that provides engineering, enforcement, education and EMS organizations with initiatives, or safety countermeasures, that can be enacted by public agencies, businesses and individuals. Download NASEMSO press release.
NASEMSO Elects New Officers (12/11/14) Paul Patrick became President of NASEMSO at the close if its recent Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. Patrick, who had served as President–Elect from 2012 to 2014, is the Director of the Bureau of EMS and Preparedness at the Utah Department of Health. Keith Wages, Director of EMS and Trauma at the Georgia Department of Health, was elected as President-Elect. Kyle Thornton, Director of the Emergency Medical Systems Bureau at the New Mexico Department of Health, was elected as Secretary. Gary Brown, Director of the Office of EMS at the Virginia Department of Health, is the NASEMSO Treasurer, an office he has held since 2012. Download news release.
NASEMSO Passes Resolutions at Annual Meeting 2014 (11/13/14) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) passed resolutions at its recent Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, endorsing highway safety initiatives and in commemoration of entities and individuals who have long-served EMS.
NASEMSO National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines Now Available (11/06/14) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) announces the completion of a two-year project to create Model EMS Clinical Guidelines. A project initiated and led by the NASEMSO Medical Directors Council, the clinical guidelines are intended to serve as a resource for local, regional or state EMS systems who may want to adopt them as a whole or use in part, with adaptions for their own system. The purpose of the project has been to provide a resource to prehospital clinical practice, maximize patient care, safety and outcomes. They are intended to be a core set of guidelines, at least initially, with the goal of adding more in the future. The effort was funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of EMS and the Health Resources Services Administration, EMS for Children Program. Co-Principal Investigators Dr. Carol Cunningham (Ohio State EMS Medical Director) and Dr. Richard Kamin (Connecticut State EMS Medical Director) led a project team comprised of emergency physicians from eight national EMS-related physician organizations in creating the document.
New Initiative on Performance Measures Announced; Ultimate Goal of Two-year Project is to Create National Emergency Medical Services Performance Measures to Enable Improved Patient Care at the Local Level (11/03/14) The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) announced today a cooperative agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a comprehensive set of EMS performance measures. “We’re excited because measuring performance is the first step toward improving it,” said NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor. “Developing a set of performance measures will give EMS agencies across the country the ability to ensure they are providing high-quality, patient-centered care. We see this as a huge opportunity to transform how we do EMS in this country.”
NASEMSO Awarded Three Nationally Significant Projects (01/15/13) Two new initiatives intended to enhance clinical guidelines for emergency medical services (EMS) are being launched by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), thanks to funding provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of EMS and HRSA’s EMS for Children (EMSC) Program. Together, the Projects are supportive of the goal of Evidence-Based EMS Practice to ultimately improve the quality of patient care. A third initiative, funded through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has initiated a 20-month process to develop a model interstate compact for EMS personnel licensure. Download NASEMSO news release.
NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor Presented with Idaho Distinguished Service Medal and Governor's Challenge Coin (05/16/11) NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor on Friday, May 13, 2011, received the highest award the Idaho Military Division may bestow upon a civilian, the Idaho Distinguished Service Medal. Additionally, she received the Idaho Governor’s Challenge Coin. Download NASEMSO news release.
Dia Gainor Joins NASEMSO as Executive Director (04/19/11)The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) announces that Dia Gainor will join its staff on May 2, 2011, as the executive director and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. In this new position, Gainor will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to promote and expand NASEMSO’s presence and capacity as a national leader in emergency medical services. Download NASEMSO news release.
NASEMSO Joins with Public Safety Alliance in Recognizing Senator Jay Rockefeller's Reintroduction of S.28, "The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act" to build an effective, nationwide, interoperable broadband communications system for public safety. NASEMSO urges all Members of the United States Congress to support public safety and the public’s safety by co-sponsoring this legislation and a companion bill expected to be reintroduced in the House by Representative Peter King (R- NY). (01/25/11) NASEMSO news release
NASEMSO Warns National EMS Community of 4G Coalition's Effort to Rebrand Itself as "Public Safety" (12/13/10) NASEMSO news release
NASEMSO Adopts Landmark Resolutions Supporting Implementation of EMS Education Agenda for the Future (10/19/10) NASEMSO news release
NASEMSO Praises Lieberman and McCain for Introducing Legislation to Allocate the 700 MHz D Block to Public Safety and to Fund an Interoperable Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (07/22/10) NASEMSO news release
NASEMSO Endorses Senator Rockefeller's Support of D Block for Public Safety (07/22/10) NASEMSO news release
NASEMSO Releases New Documents to Support National Implementation of the EMS Education Agenda (03/25/09) NASEMSO announces the availability of two new documents intended to support national implementation of the "EMS
Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach (Education Agenda)." Developed to support state implementation activities, Talking Points and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) describe key elements and provide greater understanding about the individual components of the Education Agenda.
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