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  • NASEMSO and Advocates for EMS Support Bill to Strengthen Development of Field EMS at Federal, State and Local Levels (10/11/11) Adovates for EMS, of which NASEMSO is a partner, reported today that Representatives Tim Walz (D-MN) and Sue Myrick (R-NC) have introduced H.R. 3144, the Field EMS Quality, Innovation, and Cost-Effectiveness Improvements Act of 2011, to implement a cohesive strategy to strengthen the development of our nation's Field Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the federal, state and local levels. This news comes after many months of hard work that sponsors, supporters and partners across the EMS and trauma community have put into developing this comprehensive legislation addressing the challenges confronting EMS.

    In promoting the development of the bill, Advocates for EMS has worked through an open and consensus driven process, including three summits, numerous drafts and lots of feedback to achieve introduction. While the coalition recognizes that not all will agree with every part of the legislation, the bill represents the broadest degree of consensus achievable within the community. It is the most comprehensive legislation to address EMS in decades and is the first step within a long legislative process to achieve enactment which will allow for many opportunities for refinement.

  • NASEMSO Joins the Joint National EMS Leadership Conference and Three Fire and Police Associations in Providing Comments to the FCC on E911 Location Accuracy (10/04/11) NASEMSO on Oct. 3 joined the Joint National EMS Leadership Conference (JNEMSLC), of which NASEMSO is a member, and three fire and police associations in comments sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the FCC's Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking examining E911 indoor location accuracy. The E911 rules require wireless carriers to provide 911 Centers the location of an emergency call but currently are not applicable to indoor environments. The coalition urged the FCC to make clear that carriers must provide indoor location information and that there be periodic testing to verify compliance. The lack of indoor accuracy requirements represents a significant gap hindering improved emergency response.

    The IACP, IAFC and NSA emphasized in comments addressing NG 911, PS Docket 10-
    255, that the capability to identify the location of 911 callers and public safety personnel is
    critical so that emergency service officers can promptly respond to their location when they are in trouble and need assistance. With America’s wide reliance on wireless services, there is an enormous and growing need for accurate outdoor and indoor location capability. An increasing concern is the large percentage of wireless 911 calls made indoors where GPS satellite signals are not reliable. Our experience demonstrates the seriousness of this challenge and why the Commission must act to require indoor accuracy standards. JNEMSLC agrees with this position.
  • NASEMSO Joins the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and Other Stakeholder Organizations in Support of the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (09/15/11) NASEMSO signed onto a letter with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and 17 stakeholder organizations in support of the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (Prevent Block). The coalition feels that the consequences of eliminating this program are profound, and that doing so will only further jeopardize public health programs already strained by tightening budgets. The signers hope that Congress will consider the impact on public health when they determine how to move forward with the Prevent Block. The Prevent Block is a vital source of funding for state and local public health agencies. This unique funding gives states the autonomy and flexibility to solve state problems and address community level needs, while still being held accountable for demonstrating the local, state, and national impact of this investment. States receiving funding provided through the Prevent Block must develop health plans, report their activities to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and target evidence-based research and interventions to populations in need.
  • NASEMSO Joins the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and Other Stakeholder Organizations in Support of the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (09/14/11) NASEMSO signed onto a letter with the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and 70 stakeholder organizations in support of appropriations for the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) program, which is funded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs (OJJDP) at the Department of Justice (DOJ). The letter was sent to Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, and Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee. Support for EUDL is particularly important at this time because the FY 2012 House Appropriations Committee bill for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies eliminates funding for all DOJ Title V programs including EUDL. Stakeholders are hopeful that not only will the Subcommittee and the full Senate Appropriations Committee fund the EUDL grant program, but that it will be funded at a level that allows DOJ to assist our nation’s youth effectively.
  • NASEMSO Joins Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and Other Stakeholder Organizations in Support of the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (09/09/11) NASEMSO signed onto a letter with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and 13 other stakeholder organizations to the leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The letter supports the continuation of funding for the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (Prevent Block). The letter states that the consequences of eliminating this program are profound, and that doing so will only further jeopardize public health programs already strained by tightening budgets. The letter asks the Subcommittees to consider the impact on public health when they determine how to move forward with the Prevent Block. The Prevent Block is a vital source of funding for state and local public health agencies. This unique funding gives states the autonomy and flexibility to solve state problems and address community level needs, while still being held accountable for demonstrating the local, state, and national impact of this investment. States receiving funding provided through the Prevent Block must develop health plans, report their activities to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and target evidence-based research and interventions to populations in need.
  • NASEMSO Joins American Academy of Pediatrics and Other Stakeholder Organizations in Support of Funding for U.S. Poison Control Centers (07/14/11) NASEMSO signed onto a letter with the American Academy of Pediatircs and 21 other stakeholder oganizations to the leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The letter supports funding for U.S. poison control centers. As organizations committed to the health and well-being of our nation’s children and families, the signers encouraged restoration of funding for the network of highly effective, cost-efficient poison control centers to $29.3 million in the FY 2012 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations legislation. Since initially authorized by Congress in 2000, federal funding for poison control centers has received significant bipartisan support. In FY 2010, Congress allocated $29.3 million in funding to supplement local and state support for the 57 poison control centers that serve our nation every day. Unfortunately, Congress reduced funding for poison control centers almost 25 percent in FY 2011 to $22 million. It is necessary for Congress to restore poison control center funding and reject the fiscally unwise and illogical cuts to this very successful national public health program.
  • NASEMSO Joins ITS America and 100 Stakeholder Organizations in Coalition Supporting H.R. 995, the Smart Technologies for Communities Act of 2011 (06/06/11) NASEMSO signed onto a letter with ITS America and 100 stakeholder groups to the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and its Subcommittee on Highways & Transit in support of H.R. 995, the Smart Technologies for Communites Act of 2011. This critical legislation will incentivize state and local investment in 21st century technologies to improve the condition and performance of the transportation network, optimize existing capacity, and create jobs. These technologies are vital for creating a safer, more efficient transportation system that will help our nation reclaim its role as an innovation and economic leader. As the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure works to reauthorize the surface transportation bill this year, NASEMO and its allies stand ready to support their leadership in including these innovative technology solutions in the legislation.
  • NASEMSO Signs onto Letter Expressing Concern about Proposed Funding Reduction to WIC Program (06/01/11) NASEMSO joined 10 other organizations in supporting a May 27 letter to the leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations and the leaders of its subcommittee on Agriculture. The letter stated in part, "On behalf of the chief state and local health officials who administer the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program across our nation and territories, we are writing to express our serious concern with the proposed $832 million funding reduction to the WIC program in the FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Coupled with the $523 million reduction in FY 2011, the WIC program is now facing a devastating $1.355 billion loss. Sources estimate that potentially 325,000 to 475,000 low-income women and young children would be denied the benefits and services from this critical program with the FY 2012 reductions alone. However, until we understand the full impact of these cuts, the number of eligible individuals turned away could be much higher than these estimates suggest."
    Letter to Chairman & Ranking Member of House Committee on Appropriations and Chairman & Ranking Member of Subcommittee on Agriculture (05/27/11)
     
  • NASEMSO Supports FY 2012 Funding for EMSC Program (05/02/11) NASEMSO and 11 other organizations who care deeply about the health and safety of our nation’s children urged Congress to provide $27,562,500 for the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program in the Health Resources and Services Administration for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. For the past 25 years, the EMSC program has made landmark improvements to the
    emergency care delivered to our children all across the nation. As the only federal
    program dedicated to improving emergency care for children, EMSC has brought vital
    attention and resources to an otherwise neglected population. Every state has received
    EMSC funds, which they have used to ensure that hospitals and ambulances are properly
    equipped to treat pediatric emergencies, to provide pediatric training to paramedics and
    first responders, and to improve the systems that allow for efficient, effective pediatric
    emergency medical care. It is no coincidence that since the EMSC program was
    established, death rates due to pediatric injury have dropped by 40 percent.
    Letter to Chairman & Ranking Member of Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (04/26/11)
    Letter to Chairman & Ranking Member of House Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (04/26/11)
     
  • NASEMSO Signs onto Letter to Senate and House Appropriations Sub-Committees on FY 2011 Poison Control Centers (04/20/11) NASEMSO joined a group of 25 organizations in sending a letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Sub-Committees, supporting funding for poison control centers. As organizations committed to the health and well-being of our nation’s children and families, the organizations urges rejection of efforts to eliminate or substantially reduce funding for our nation’s network of highly effective and cost-efficient poison control centers. Download letter here.
     
  • NASEMSO Provides Response to the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) Request for Stakeholder Input to the Policy Options Paper.
    Download Apr. 7, 2011 Letter to Alexander Garza, MD, Chairman, Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Health Affairs.
    Download summary of results from a NASEMSO member survey on the FICEMS Policy Options Paper. Responses were received from 45 states and 2 U.S. territories.
  • NASEMSO Supports American Academy of Pediatrics Letter Urging Congress to Support Continued Funding for Poison Control Centers Throughout the FY2011 and FY2012 Budget Process. The letter notes that life-saving and cost-saving value of America’s network of poison control centers is well documented. It urges that all Members of Congress support level funding of $29.3 million for the national poison control program in the final FY 2011 appropriations legislation, and to reject the fiscally unwise and illogical cuts to this very successful national public health program. Download letter here.
     
  • The Transportation Safety Advancement Group, of Which NASEMSO Is a Member, Provides Comments to the FCC on Framework for Next Generation 911 Deployment (02/28/11) The Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG) has provided comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Framework for Next Generation 911 Deployment, NOI (PS Docket No. 10-255). TSAG's comments were offered in the spirit of advancing the important work of the FCC and of the U.S. Department of Transportation and its modal agencies associated with this critical area of emergency communications. TSAG commends the FCC for its foresight and effort dedicated to this matter. TSAG supports an early and orderly transition of our nation’s legacy 911 systems to a Next Generation program that accommodates advances in communications technologies currently in broad use in our nation. Download letter here.
     
  • The Brain Attack Coalition, of Which NASEMSO Is A Member Organization, Raises Concerns About New Ischemic Stroke Performance Measures (01/24/11) The Brain Attack Coalition, a multidisciplinary group of health care professionals and other government and non-profit groups, agencies, and organizations involved in various aspects of stroke care, recently became aware of the development of two new ischemic stroke performance measures for hospitals, namely 30 day all cause mortality and 30 day readmission rates. NASEMSO and other member organizations of the coalition supported a letter sent by the Brain Attack Coalition to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about these concerns. Download letter here.
    • Field EMS Quality, Innovation, and Cost-Effectiveness Improvement Act of 2010 (H.R. 6528) Introduced (01/06/11) On Dec. 16, 2010, Reps. Tim Walz (D-MN) and Sue Myrick (R-NC) introduced the Field EMS Quality, Innovation, and Cost-Effectiveness Improvement Act of 2010 (H.R. 6528). This bill addresses many of the challenges plaguing field EMS to better fulfill public expectations that all who need emergency medical care in the field can depend upon the highest quality of care and transport to the most appropriate setting. To learn more about this important legislation, Advocates for EMS (NASEMSO is a member of this coalition) has supplied the following documents: a section-by-section summary, a white paper, and the bill's text.