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NASEMSO News Archive 2012

NASEMSO Previews AAMS Document Intended to Support States

(12/19/12) As states have attempted to regulate air medical programs and ensure their integration with state and local EMS systems, operators have responded with lawsuits asserting the exclusive authority of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Airline Deregulation Act (PL 95-504) of 1978 (ADA). (See links to NASEMSO white paper and companion document for more information.)

In 2011, NASEMSO announced plans to identify model air medical regulations intended to assist states to medically protect patients and enhance a systems approach without conflicting with the FAA’s authority. In the interim, the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) and the MedEvac Foundation collaborated with several national air medical and EMS organizations to create a consensus document intended to assist and enhance NASEMSO’s goal to identify model language for states with the legal authority to regulate ambulance services.

Last week, NASEMSO President Jim DeTienne and Air Medical Committee Chairman, Dr. Robert Bass met with AAMS leadership to discuss the newly released AAMS document entitled “Model State Guidelines.” NASEMSO has been an observer in the development of the resource document which is intended to help address clinical and patient safety issues from a unique industry perspective.

As a result of the meeting, NASEMSO President Jim DeTienne commended AAMS for coordinating an effort that can be used as a foundation for moving forward, “NASEMSO is very appreciative of the work that AAMS has put into these comprehensive guidelines. It is very important for our members to have this industry perspective as we develop our model state regulations. We look forward to a continued strong partnership with AAMS in ensuring that when medically necessary, patients have access to the safest and highest quality air medical services possible.”

U.S. House to Consider New Version of PAHPA Reauthorization Bill

(12/18/12) The U.S. House of Representatives will consider this week a new version of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) reauthorization bill. This draft reflects the priorities that EMS stakeholders have worked on to strengthen the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS). The draft reflects proposed changes to the NHSS, focusing on language regarding medical surge capacity of critical care, EMS, and trauma care. The draft also proposes a coordinated and flexible approach to surge capacity.

NASEMSO President-Elect Paul Patrick to Represent NASEMSO on FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee

(12/03/12) First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board Chairman Sam Ginn recently announced the appointment of four Vice Chairs of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). The Vice Chairs are: Chief Bill McCammon from Alameda County, California, representing the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association; Paul Patrick from Salt Lake City, Utah, representing the National Association of State EMS Officials; Heather Hogsett from Washington, D.C., representing the National Governors Association; and Tom Sorley from Houston, Texas, representing the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Chairman Ginn previously announced the appointment of Chief Harlin McEwen as the Chairman of the PSAC, and McEwen and the four Vice Chairs together will make up the PSAC Executive Committee.

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created FirstNet and set out a requirement that its board establish a standing public safety advisory committee to assist it in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. press release

GAO Demonstrates Continued Need for Ambulance Relief

(11/15/12) The AAA has released an issue brief, which requests Congress to extend the 2% add-on for urban transports, 3% add-on for rural transports and 22.6% add-on for transports in super-rural areas, all of which are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2012. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommends reforms that will radically and negatively impact Medicare ambulance payment. Congress must carefully consider the impact of, and justification for, these reforms before making such fundamental changes to ambulance payments. To ensure the continuity of emergency medical care, Congress needs to extend Medicare ambulance relief. The AAA has also produced talking points to assist people who are interested in talking about these issues with their Members of Congress.
Download: Fact Sheet | Talking Points

NHSC Releases White Paper on Protecting Americans in the 21st Century

(11/13/12) The National Homeland Security Consortium, which is supported by IAEM-USA, has released an updated edition of its white paper, "Protecting Americans in the 21st Century: Communicating Priorities for 2012 and Beyond." The updated document was prepared to add to the ongoing dialogue between the member associations of NHSC, and to illuminate several areas of concern that require the focus of U.S. homeland security leaders. Download the white paper here.

DHS Office of Health Affairs Releases Guidance to EMS Systems on Force Protection and Stress Management amid Hurricane Recovery Efforts

(11/09/12) With Hurricane Sandy and the related recovery work taking a toll on the first responder (emergency services) community, EMS systems in impacted areas along the Eastern Seaboard must take steps to ease the stress on their personnel, mitigate burnout, and ensure that immediate challenges do not become long-term problems.

The importance of taking care of responders with empathy and support as they serve their communities cannot be overemphasized, especially in the aftermath of a catastrophic event such as Hurricane Sandy. EMS systems must limit the psychological fallout their personnel experience for the sake of compassion and to ensure the system can carry out its mission. Download guidance from DHS Office of Health Affairs here.

Help Volunteer Firefighters Impacted by Recent Disasters

(11/06/12) Hurricane Sandy ripped through the East Coast last week, leaving millions without electricity, almost 115 dead, and lower Manhattan underwater. Counties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have been federally declared disaster areas. As citizens in these areas look to their local firefighters and EMTs for assistance, those same first responders are dealing with loss of power, damaged homes and vehicles, and other difficulties of their own.

The National Volunteer Fire Council's (NVFC) Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund is designed to help volunteer firefighters who are impacted by large-scale disasters such as this. The Fund provides a stipend of $250 to volunteer fire and EMS personnel affected by state- or federally-declared disasters to help them meet basic needs in the aftermath of the disaster. learn more

HHS Releases Hurricane Disaster Behavioral Health Resources

(11/01/12) The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Resources has updated and released "Hurricane Disaster Behavioral Health Resources," which contains a listing of Web resources that provide information and coping skills to address the hurricane-related behavioral health, stress, and trauma concerns of adults, children and youth, and first responders. download document | more details

DHS Announces Guidance for Protecting Responders' Health Following Wide-Area Anthrax Attack

(10/18/12) The Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance, based on a federal interagency working group effort, to educate first responders on protective actions they should take in the event of a wide-area anthrax release. The document, “Guidance for Protecting Responders’ Health during the First Week Following a Wide-Area Aerosol Anthrax Attack,” focuses on a specific scenario of a large-scale aerosol anthrax release in a major U.S. city and the immediate post-attack environment. press release | guidance document

AAA Extends Deadline for its Call for Posters to Nov. 10, 2012

(10/18/12) The American Ambulance Association (AAA) has extended the deadline of its Call for Posters to Nov. 10, 2012. The Poster Session will take place during the AAA Annual Conference set for Nov. 27-29, 2012, in Las Vegas, NV. Download complete details.

Report Released on the Impact of the National Drug Shortage on Emergency Care

(10/15/12) The Emergency Care Coordination Center (ECCC), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has issued a report titled "The Impact of the National Drug Shortage on Emergency Care." Over the last six years, drug shortages of medications have nearly quadrupled from a peak of approximately 70 drugs in shortage during 2006 to a peak of 267 today. It is estimated that nearly 40% of drugs in shortage impact the delivery of emergency care (EC) by virtue of the shortage’s strong effect on the availability of sterile injectables widely used in the EC setting. Outside of EC, cardiovascular, oncology, anesthetic, analgesic, and anti-infective medications are routinely in short supply. The national drug shortage is so acute that at times the only way health care administrators have known a drug is in shortage is when it was missing from a manufacturer’s shipment. A meeting of stakeholders held in April 2012 and hosted by the ECCC gathered input from private medical and pharmaceutical organizations on what they considered to be the factors and effects of the national drug shortage, and the coping strategies they have employed. Download report.

2012 NASEMSO Resolutions Passed at the Annual Meeting

(10/03/12) During the NASEMSO Annual Meeting in Boise, Idaho, September 26-27, three Resolutions were passed. The final Resolutions will be posted soon.

  • Resolution 2012-01: MCI MUCC Implementation requests that the MUCC implementation plan being developed by the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) includes provisions that its member federal agencies will provide sufficient grants, coordination, and other support to states and local jurisdictions so as to minimize the complexity of the transition and the fiscal impact on states and local jurisdictions; and that FICEMS and its member agencies support further scientific studies on various approaches to mass casualty triage and on the effectiveness of the MUCC.
  • Resolution 2012-02: Science and Technology EMS Research Support—Homeland Security endorses and asks that the Department of Homeland Security, Under Secretary of Science and Technology, continues to support technology innovations and safety device research for EMS workers on the front lines of homeland security.
  • With the impending retirement of Bill Brown as Executive Director of the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT), NASEMSO also presented the Resolution of Esteem and Respect, William E. Brown, whose contributions to the EMS profession have been numerous, including establishing requirement for graduation of paramedics from accredited programs, as well as the high level of integrity of the certification examination process which ensures a safe and competent work force. NASEMSO resolved that Bill will be always in our hearts and recollections with sincere gratitude and many fond memories.

GAO Releases Report on Ambulance Provider Costs and Medicare Margins

(10/03/12) The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released its report on ambulance provider costs and Medicare margins, as required by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

This report updates the GAO's 2007 report, and examines three themes: (1) 2010 ground ambulance providers’ costs for furnishing transports; (2) the relationship between 2010 Medicare payments and ground ambulance providers’ costs; and (3) Medicare beneficiaries’ use of ground ambulance transports in 2010. download report

NASEMSO Staffer Appointed to NQF Project on REMCS Performance

(10/03/12) NASEMSO Program Manager Kathy Robinson has been appointed to serve as an expert panelist for the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) project on Regionalized Emergency Medical Care Services (REMCS) Performance Measurement: Gap Analysis and Measure Topics Prioritization on Emergency Department Crowding and Boarding, Preparedness, and Surge Capacity.

Building on prior work by the NQF, this effort seeks to provide guidance for measure development to ASPR’s prioritized areas of 1) ED crowding, including a specific focus on boarding and diversion, 2) emergency preparedness, and 3) surge capacity. It will expand NQF’s previous consensus development process work in the emergency care arena (Emergency Care: Phase I and Emergency Care: II Report), which endorsed consensus standards for emergency care providers and system performance.

The mission of the National Quality Forum is to improve the quality of American healthcare by setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs.

New Officers Sworn in at NASEMSO Annual Meeting

(09/27/12) New NASEMSO officers were sworn in today at the NASEMSO Annual Meeting in Boise, Idaho. Immediate Past President Randy Kuykendall (CO) swore in Jim DeTienne (MT) to the office of President, and Dennis Blair (AL) to the office of Secretary. Paul Patrick (UT) was elected as the President-Elect.

New NASEMSO President Jim DeTienne (left) with Outgoing President Randy Kuykendall at the 2012 NASEMSO Annual Meeting.

National EMS Memorial Service and Air Medical Memorial Present the Memorial Ultimate Challenge: a Call to Action

(09/20/12) The National EMS Memorial Service and Air Medical Memorial Boards have joined forces to raise funds for the building of their respective memorials. The challenge: Each EMS agency in the country is challenged to raise $1,000 and each air medical program is challenged to raise $3,000 by Dec/ 31, 2012.

If this challenge is successful, both memorials could be built in the coming year. For complete information on the Ultimate Challenge, download the press release and an article by Krista Haugen, Air Medical Memorial PIO and Jana Williams, National EMS Memorial Service PIO, in support of this effort. For more information on the challenge and the memorials, please visit: www.ultimate-challenge.org, www.nemsms.org and www.airmedicalmemorial.com.

OJP to Provide Regular Web Report of Grants Awarded

(09/06/12) The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) now provides external stakeholders and the general public with an opportunity to view regular updates on grants awarded for Fiscal Year 2012. Each Monday, the OJP Office of Communications (OCOM) will post a weekly report of grants awarded at www.OJP.gov.

The goal is to provide current information on the grants OJP has awarded; to highlight the work of OJP program offices and the impact on communities; and to improve transparency on OJP’s grant award process. Starting this week on the OJP splash page, a ticker is posted highlighting “New Grants at OJP.”

Board for First Responder Network Authority Includes NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis

(08/20/12) Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank appointed 12 of the nation’s leading experts on public safety and wireless broadband communications to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Among appointees is Kevin McGinnis, NASEMSO Program Manager and Chief/CEO, North East Mobile Health Services.

FirstNet is congressionally mandated to establish a nationwide wireless broadband network that enables police, firefighters, emergency services personnel, and others in public safety to better communicate with one another during emergencies and use new technology to improve response time, keep communities safe, and save lives. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created FirstNet as an independent authority within NTIA. The Board of Directors will be responsible for making strategic decisions regarding FirstNet’s operations. details here

NIH Creates Office of Emergency Care Research

(07/31/12) To help improve health outcomes of patients who require emergency care, the National Institutes of Health has created a new Office of Emergency Care Research (OECR). The office is a focal point for basic, clinical and translational emergency care research and training across NIH.

“NIH has supported research to advance emergency care for years; however, now we have a single office to coordinate and foster our activities in this arena,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “The NIH Office of Emergency Care Research will focus on speeding diagnosis and improving care for the full spectrum of conditions that require emergency treatment.”

The creation of OECR is the culmination of more than five years of discussions between NIH and the emergency medicine community. OECR also responds to reports about the nation's emergency medical system issued in 2006 by the Institute of Medicine. download news release | visit OECR website

Three NASEMSO Members Are Among New Appointees to NEMSAC

(06/25/12) U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today appointed 25 leaders in the EMS field to serve on the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC), which advises the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on all EMS matters and related issues.

Among the appointees are three NASEMSO members: Katrina Altenhofen, NASEMSO Pediatric Emergency Council Chair; Carol Cunningham, NASEMSO Medical Directors Council Chair; and Terry Mullins, West Regional Representative to the NASEMSO Board of Directors. Administered by NHTSA, NEMSAC provides expert advice and recommendations to the safety agency and its federal partners on key issues, including recruitment and retention of EMS personnel, quality assurance, data collection and EMS education over the course of a two-year term. press release 

CMS Health Care Innovation Awards

(06/22/12) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued the Health Care Innovation Awards, and NASEMSO is pleased that there are three EMS awards for a combined total of over $13 million! This was an extremely competitive process considering there were 3,000 applications and only 166 funded, and EMS applications were competing with others from the entire health care continuum. Congratulations to the states of Washington, Nevada, and Colorado for being home to the award recipients. Learn more about the grant program and process. Download the EMS project summaries.

FEMA Announces Think Tank Conference on Emergency Management, Healthcare, and Public Health: Increasing Coordination and Collaboration 

(19 June 2012) Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator of FEMA, and Dr. Nicole Lurie, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will host the next FEMA Think Tank conference call on June 28, 2012, from Houston, Texas.

  • WHAT: FEMA-ASPR Think Tank
  • WHEN: Thursday, June 28, 2012
    11:00am – 1:00pm (Central) 12:00pm- 2:00pm (Eastern)
  • WHERE: Houston, TX
  • Call In: 888-989-4401
    Passcode: Think Tank
  • Captioning: Individuals who would like to access the captioning for this event may do so by following this link.

The FEMA Think Tank is a forum to engage the whole community, connect resources and share best practices, and develop solutions to the challenges we face in emergency management. Featured topics have included incorporating preparedness into school curriculums, new technologies in emergency management and disability integration. This conference call is a unique opportunity for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the FEMA Deputy Administrator to highlight the importance of integrating healthcare, public health and emergency management.

The focus of this month’s call is Emergency Management, Healthcare, and Public Health: Increasing Coordination and Collaboration. Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Emergency Management Coordination, improving communication with the Healthcare and Public Health sectors;
  • Medical Incident Support Teams (M-IST), a cutting edge best practice supporting State Emergency Management; and
  • Tennessee Mental Health Response Plan- coordinated state, regional, and local mental health planning and response efforts for disasters of any type; and Tennessee Recovery Project- creative approaches to providing services to reduce stress and the impact of disasters on survivors.

Please visit the Think Tank Online Forum and share your ideas on how to improve coordination and collaboration between emergency management, healthcare, and public health. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444.

NHTSA Launches Redesigned EMS.gov Website to Better Serve First Responders & Health Care Community

(05/25/12) As health professionals across the country mark “National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on May 25 launched a redesigned EMS.gov website to better serve first responders and the health care community. NHTSA has spearheaded EMS programs for 40 years, and its EMS.gov website is a premier online resource for information on EMS programs, events and educational materials. press release with details

Exciting Opportunity for Public Service at HHS/ASPR

(05/14/12) The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now accepting applications for the Director of the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. This is a crucial Senior Executive Service (SES) position that plays an essential role in our nation’s health security. The OPEO Director provides executive leadership and direction for the ASPR’s preparedness, planning, response, and recovery coordination. OPEO is the lead for interagency planning and response activities including management of the Secretary’s Operations Center (SOC), and the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) and Incident Response Coordination Teams (IRCT), the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), HHS continuity of operations (COOP) and continuity of government (COG). During major disasters and emergencies, the OPEO Director is responsible for HHS functions under the National Response Framework. Application Deadline: June 15, 2012. details here

DOT NEMSAC Federal Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for May 30-31, 2012

(05/09/12) A meeting of the DOT National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC) Federal Advisory Committee Meeting has been pubished in the Federal Register. The meeting will be held on May 30, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, and on May 31, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT. A public comment period will take place on May 30, 2012 between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. EDT. Written comments must be received by May 25, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held on the 8th floor of the FHI 360 Conference Center at 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Drew Dawson, Director, U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Emergency Medical Services, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., NTI-140, Washington, DC 20590, telephone number 202-366-9966; email Drew.Dawson@dot.gov.

Tentative Agenda of National EMS Advisory Council Meeting, May 30-31, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT)

(1) Opening Remarks
(2) Introduction of Members and All in Attendance
(3) Review and Approval of Minutes of Last Meeting
(4) Update From NHTSA Office of EMS
(5) Federal Partner Update
(6) Review of the NEMSAC Roundtable on the EMS Education Agenda for the Future Meeting Results
(7) Public Comment Period (3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT)
(8) Business of the Council

Thursday, May 31, 2012 (8 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT)

(1) Presentations from NEMSAC Committees
(2) Deliberations of Committee Documents
(3) Voting To Finalize Several NEMSAC Advisories and Recommendations
(4) Unfinished Business/Continued Discussion From Previous Day
(5) Next Steps and Adjourn

Public Attendance: This meeting will be open to the public. There will not be a teleconference option for this meeting. Individuals wishing to attend must register online at www.regonline.com/NEMSAC1 no later than May 25, 2012.

Public Comment: Members of the public who wish to make comments on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. EDT are requested to register in advance. In order to allow as many people as possible to speak, speakers are requested to limit their remarks to 5 minutes. Written comments from members of the public will be distributed to NEMSAC members at the meeting and should reach the NHTSA Office of EMS by May 25, 2012. All submissions received may be submitted by email: nemsac@dot.gov.

Final Agenda and Meeting Materials: A final agenda as well as meeting materials will be available to the public online through www.ems.gov prior to May 30, 2012.

NTIA Recruitment of Board of Directors for First Responder Network Authority

(05/16/12) NTIA announces the recruitment of the Board of Directors of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet is an independent authority within NTIA that will establish a single nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network. The Board of Directors will be responsible for making strategic decisions regarding FirstNet’s operations. Expressions of interest for membership on the FirstNet Board of Directors will be accepted until May 25, 2012. Federal Register Notice

Issue Brief for NASEMSO Members: Drug Shortages and Controlled Substance Regulation

(05/04/12) Current national discussions about medication availability and controlled substance regulation revolve around two separate but interrelated categories of issues. These two issues are complicated, mutually exacerbating, and both are in dire need of resolution. An issue brief is now available for NASEMSO members.

FEMA and its Partners Release the National Preparedness Report

(05/04/12) Today, FEMA and its partners released the National Preparedness Report (NPR). The Report identifies significant progress the nation has made in areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Overall, the Report found that the nation has increased its collective preparedness, not only from external threats, but also for natural and technological hazards that face its communities.

NASEMSO Comments on Maryland Waiver Petition Filed with FCC

(04/30/12) NASEMSO filed comments with the FCC In response to a public notice, released by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB), seeking comment on a petition for waiver of the Commission’s rules filed by the State of Maryland requesting authorization to use 700 MHz band secondary trunking channels for air-to-ground interoperable radio communications.

NASEMSO’s comments supported Maryland’s petition waiver as use of these particular channels should help address Maryland’s operational requirement while avoiding interference to other neighboring public safety operations. To read the petition, click here.

NASEMSO Donates to National EMS Memorial Service

(04/30/12) The 20th Annual National EMS Memorial Service will take place on June 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm MDT (GMT -6:00) at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Please take a moment at that time to join us in remembering our fallen colleagues. The mission of the National EMS Memorial Service is to honor and remember those men and women of America's Emergency Medical Services who have given their lives in the line of duty, and to recognize the sacrifice they have made in service to their communities and their fellow man. NASEMSO donated $1,000 to the cause; click here to see others who have also made donations. Please click here to learn how you can support the National EMS Memorial Service as well.

OHA Releases Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services

(04/30/12) Eligible applicants include public, private, and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations, as well as federally recognized Indian tribal governments and organizations. This announcement solicits applications for the Rural Health System Analysis and Technical Assistance (RHSATA) Cooperative Agreement. The purpose of the RHSATA Cooperative Agreement Program is to inform policy makers and rural health care providers about how changes in the health care delivery system may affect them, and to provide technical assistance to rural providers in identifying potential new approaches to health care delivery in their communities. The health care delivery system is undergoing dramatic change, with an emphasis on finding new approaches and organizational frameworks to improve health outcomes, control costs, and improve population health. details here

ORHP releases Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool

(04/30/12) HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the 2012 Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool. Community Paramedicine is an emerging field in health care where EMS professionals operate in expanded roles to provide health care services where access to physicians, clinics, and/or hospitals may be difficult. There has been increasing interest in and movement towards the implementation of such programs, particularly across rural America. The Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool, which can be used as a framework to guide program development, can be found on the ORHP website. Please contact Megan Meacham (mmeacham@hrsa.gov) if you have any questions about this resource.

DEA to Hold Nationwide Prescription Drug-Take Back Day: Apr. 28, 2012

(04/16/12) The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national and community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, Apr. 28,, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time, DEA and its partners will hold their fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Complete Details

HHS/ASPR Drug Shortage Meeting: Apr. 16, 2012

(03/30/12) The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will host a meeting on the Impact of Drug Shortages in Emergency Care. This meeting is scheduled for April 16, 2012, at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. The purpose of this meeting is to obtain a better understanding of the magnitude and impact of shortages in drugs that are available for emergencies, the Federal efforts to reduce shortages, and to provide an opportunity for the emergency care community to discuss coping and mitigation strategies. Representatives from the FDA Office of Drug Shortages will be in attendance. HHS Information Letter | Agenda

EMS Near Miss and Line of Duty Death Online Reporting Tools Launched

(03/29/12) NAEMT has been working with the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Research (CLIR) in EMS on the development of an anonymous system for EMS practitioners to report near-miss and line of duty death incidents by answering a series of questions in an online format. The purpose of the system is to collect and aggregate data that will then be analyzed and used in the development of EMS policies and procedures, and for use in training, educating and preventing similar events from occurring in the future. No individual responses will be shared or transmitted to other parties. The Near Miss and Line of Duty Death Online Reporting Tools launched last month and is live at www.emseventreport.org. These tools, along with an already existing tool to report patient safety events, form the EMS Voluntary Event Notification Tool (E.V.E.N.T). Click here for the letter from NAEMT and CLIR.

NASEMSO Releases "Rural Highway Mass Casualty Guidelines

(03/22/12) NASEMSO completed its project commitment to NHTSA’s Office of Emergency Medical Services and the recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board related to rural highway mass casualty readiness. The capstone document, “Rural Highway Mass Casualty Guidelines: Resources for State and Local Officials,” was presented to and accepted by the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services. It is hoped that this document will be an asset in efforts to improve response in rural areas of state EMS systms and to further collaboration with state offices of highway safety and state traffic safety engineering staff. download document

NASEMSO Convenes National EMS Leadership Forum at EMS Today

(03/13/12) NASEMSO convened the Joint National EMS Leadership Forum on Mar. 1 at the EMS Today conference in Baltmore, Md. Shown in the photo below: are Mike Stern (DHS/NFA), Drew Dawson (DOT/NHTSA), Connie Meyer (NAEMT), Skip Kirkwood (NEMSMA), Randy Kuykendall (NASEMSO), Lynn White, MD (NAEMSP), Donna Tidwell (NAEMSE), Aaron Reinert (AAA), Eveline Bission (AAMS), David Becker (IAFC), Beth Edgerton MD (HHS EMSC), and Gregg Margolis PhD (HHS ASPR). Also in attendance, but not shown, were representatives from AAMS, EMSLA, IAEMSC and NAPO. IAFF and CDC could not be present. The group expressed their intent to maintain contemporary and mutual awareness of national issues, foster trust, identify matters of mutual importance and serve as a collective voice. The Forum’s current focus will be on drug shortage and NEMSIS. Contact Dia Gainor for more information, dia@nasemso.org.

NASEMSO Convenes National EMS Leadership Forum at EMS Today

(03/13/12) NASEMSO convened the Joint National EMS Leadership Forum on Mar. 1 at the EMS Today conference in Baltmore, Md. The group expressed their intent to maintain contemporary and mutual awareness of national issues, foster trust, identify matters of mutual importance and serve as a collective voice. The Forum’s current focus will be on drug shortage and NEMSIS. Contact Dia Gainor for more information, dia@nasemso.org. Learn more here.

U.S. Dept. of Transportation Seeks Applicants to Serve on NEMSAC

(03/06/12) The U.S. Dept. Transportation is soliciting applications for appointment or reappointment to the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC). The council, first chartered in 2007, provides EMS advice to the department and its federal partners. It makes recommendations on key issues in the EMS field, including recruitment and retention of emergency medical service personnel, quality improvement, EMS data collection and research, and preparation for multi-casualty incidents. Members are appointed by the Secretary of Transportation for a period of two years and will be selected for their individual expertise and to reflect a balanced representation of interests from across the EMS community. For details on how to apply, download the call for applicants.

CDC Releases Updated Guidelines for Field Triage of Injured Patients

Pictured are the members of the National Expert Panel on Field Triage. NASEMSO members Dr. Douglas Kupas, Dr. Robert Bass, and Dr. Ritu Sahni provided input to the CDC during the revision process.

(01/12/12) CDC has released the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Recommendations and Reports on the 2011 Guidelines (2011 Guidelines) for Field Triage of Injured Patients. The 2011 Guidelines are an update of the guidance recommended in the 2006 Guidelines for Field Triage of Injured Patients. The new version provides changes to the decision scheme for EMS providers who care for and transport patients injured from motor vehicle crashes, falls, penetrating injuries, and other injury mechanisms each day in our nation’s communities.

The 2011 Guidelines are based upon current medical literature, the experience of multiple states and communities working to improve field triage, and the expert opinion of Panel members. This guidance is intended to help prehospital care providers make critical decisions that have been demonstrated to increase the likelihood of improved outcomes in severely injured trauma patients. For more information about CDC′s work in field triage, please visit www.cdc.gov/Fieldtriage.

State EMS Director Explains Enhanced Response Strategies Following Tropical Storm

(01/12/12) Pennsylvania State EMS Director Joe Schmider outlines the EMS lessons learned when back-to-back storms overwhelmed local systems and flooding impacted 2/3 of the state in “The 1-2 Punch: Pennsylvania Responds to Tropical Storm Lee” now featured online at EMSWorld.

MCH Navigator Learning Portal Released

(01/12/12) The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has released a new resource for maternal and child health (MCH) professionals working in state agencies and at the community level who are seeking to advance their learning and skills mastery. The MCH Navigator is a learning portal that links individuals to existing open-access training, organized in areas consistent with nationally endorsed public health and MCH leadership competencies. Online training resources, archived webcasts and webinars, instructional modules, and self-guided short courses have undergone academic review and vetting.