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2006 NASEMSO Annual Report

Reports Finds U.S. Bioterror, Bird Flu, and Health Disaster Preparedness Inadequate (12/31/06) Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) on Dec. 12, 2006, released the fourth annual “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Disease, Disasters and Bioterrorism,” that found that five years after the 9-11 and anthrax tragedies, emergency health preparedness is still inadequate in America. The report contains state-by-state health preparedness scores based on 10 key indicators to assess health emergency preparedness capabilities. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were evaluated. Half of the states scored six or less on the scale of 10 indicators. Kansas and Oklahoma scored the highest with nine out of 10; California, Iowa, Maryland, and New Jersey scored the lowest with four out of 10. Learn more

NASEMSO Expresses Support for Public Safety Broadband Trust (12/31/06) NASEMSO has joined other organizations in expressing support for Cyren Call Communications' proposal to create a public safety wireless broadband network. The plan calls for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a public safety broadband trust to hold the license for a key segment of spectrum in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band, and to structure innovative arrangements for its use, placing public safety needs first but requiring commercial usage secondarily. Learn more

NASEMSO Provides Feedback to HHS to Add EMS to List of Stakeholders (12/31/06) NASEMSO members recently provided feedback to the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the proposed Emergency Response Electronic Health Record Use Case Synopsis. Association comments were coordinated by Kevin K. McGinnis, MPS, EMT-P, NASESMO program advisor. Comments included a recommendation that the EMS system be added to the list of applicable stakeholders. Additionally, NASEMSO recommended that emergency medical dispatchers, state and national repositories of EMS data, and state EMS agencies and NEMSIS be included. For more information, contact Mr. McGinnis at mcginnis@nasemso.org.

DHS Releases Draft Pandemic Influenza Planning Model (12/31/06) The Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a draft Pandemic Influenza Planning Model as interim guidance to all service agencies, including fire, police, EMS, public works, 911 call centers, and emergency management.  These practices are designed to promote the development of community specific guidelines and operational protocols to meet the challenge of a pandemic outbreak while not affecting normal daily response activities. Download draft model.

Congress Approves Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (12/31/06) In the final hours of the 109th Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives followed earlier action in the Senate by passing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act. The proposed statute reauthorizes a law passed soon after the tragedy of 9/11. The Act provides for improvements to our public health and medical preparedness and responses during emergencies and disasters.

McGinnnis to Represent NASEMSO on FCC CMSAAC Committee (11/30/06) Kevin K. McGinnis, MPS, EMT-P, NASESMO program advisor, recently was appointed to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee of the new Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. CMSAAC’s mission is to develop recommendations on technical standards and protocols to facilitate the ability of commercial mobile service (CMS) providers to voluntarily transmit emergency alerts to their subscribers. Learn more.

NASEMSO Members Asked to Review Draft Guidance Document (11/30/06)NASEMSO members were asked to review the draft guidance document for states on air medical services, which represents the results of a multi-year effort by a special task force composed of representatives from AAMS, NASEMSO and NAEMSP. The document is designed as a resource guide for state EMS system leaders, planners and regulators to appreciate the similarities and differences between the ground and air components of the EMS system, and their development, integration and regulation within that EMS system. Download the draft.

CDC Publishes Disability & State Health Chartbook (11/30/06) The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has published a report of state-level data on the numbers of people with disabilities and the wide range of health differences that exist between people with disabilities and those without. Learn more.

Indian Health Service Publishes Pandemic Influenza Workbook (11/30/06) The Indian Health Service has published the "Pandemic Influenza Workbook," based on materials developed by the Dept. of Health & Human Services, CDC, and the Public Health Agency for Canada. Learn more.

ENA Releases Scorecard (11/30/06) Washington, DC and the state of Washington were the only locations to receive perfect scores in an Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) study released in November that ranked states on a scale of one to ten for having highway laws that promote safety and injury prevention. Learn more.

NASEMSO and ACEP Provide Testimony on Immunity Inclusion (10/29/06) NASEMSO and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), represented by Richard Alcorta, MD, recently provided solid testimony in support of inclusion of immunity for Volunteer Emergency Healthcare Practitioners at the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. A DHS representative, John Krohmer, MD, Deputy Medical Director, provided further support for our initiative for immunity inclusion. Download the current draft version of the proposed Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act here. This currently approved model law has "reserved" clauses for an immunity section and a Workers Compensation section. The commissioners supported the attached immunity clause (draft text only; final version not yet released).

Comments Requested on Airmedical Services (10/17/06) NASEMSO members are asked to review "Airmedical Services: Future Development as an Integrated Component of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System," a draft guidance document from the Airmedical Task Force. Please provide comments to Program Advisor Kevin McGinnis at mcginnis@nasemso.org by Oct. 30, 2006.

NASEMSO Holds Memorial Tribute to Mark King (10/15/06) A memorial service was held at the NASEMSO 2006 Annual Meeting in remembrance of Mark King, State EMS Director for West Virginia. Learn more.

NEMA Releases After-Action Report for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (10/08/06) The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) released its after-action report for the 2005 hurricane season response. According to the Oct. 8, 2006 report, despite demands put on the system by the catastrophic natural disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the compact and its leadership worked effectively - delivering unprecedented levels of personnel and resources to affected areas. The report is the culmination of nearly 10 months of intensive review and focuses on activities related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It identifies EMAC's major accomplishments as well as areas that need improvement. Learn more.

States are encouraged to use the self-evaluation tool in the MTSPE to update their trauma plans. The STSPG contains a section which looks like the MTSPE evaluation section, but has added planning sections to be completed. It also allows states to evaluate the relevance of benchmarks and indicators to their trauma planning progress. This section can be used as a "fill in the blanks" format for creating a comprehensive basic trauma plan. States that already have mature, workable trauma plans may not need to use this tool

Domestic Preparedness Documents

NASEMSO Performance Measures for State EMS Officers: Evidence-based performance measures provide guidelines for state/territorial EMS office use to gauge their progress in meeting the functional and national requirements of an integrated preparedness and response system. download here

Domestic Preparedness Checklist: State/territory EMS offices will now have a checklist to assist them in a governor- declared emergency. This checklist includes identification of recommended federal, state and local plans, as well as contact information that each state/territory EMS office should have easily available to them during an incident. A CD with links to the federal plans was available at the NASEMSO 2006 Annual Meeting. download here

NASEMSO Submits Comments on FCC Hurricane Katrina Panel Findings (08/04/06) NASEMSO Responds to FCC Hurricane Katrina Panel Findings on Public Safety Communications. NASEMSO joined in a broad statement of response with the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC - www.npstc.org), but also filed separately on a number of EMS issues. The document may be downloaded here.

NASEMSO President Robert R. Bass, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. Testifies on Behalf of IOM (07/27/06) On July 26, 2006, NASEMSO President Robert R. Bass, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology. He represented the Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). This first set of hearings aims to illustrate to Congress the capabilities of our nation’s medical system in handling a range of potential disasters. Read Dr. Bass’s testimony here.