NASEMSO News 2015
“Outbreaks” Report Rates States in Ability to Respond to Severe Infectious Disease
(01/09/15) A report recently released by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) finds that the Ebola outbreak exposes serious underlying gaps in the nation’s ability to manage severe infectious disease threats. Half of states and Washington, D.C. scored five or lower out of 10 key indicators related to preventing, detecting, diagnosing and responding to outbreaks. Maryland, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia tied for the top score – achieving eight out of 10 indicators. The indicators are developed in consultation with leading public health experts based on data from publicly available sources or information provided by public officials.
(01/09/15) Fiscal sustainability presents a national challenge shared by all levels of government. Since 2007, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published simulations of long-term fiscal trends in the state and local government sector. These simulations have consistently shown that state and local governments face long-term fiscal pressures. Absent any policy changes, the sector will face an increasing gap between expenditures and receipts in future years. Closing this gap will require state and local governments to make policy changes to assure that receipts are at least equal to expenditures.
GAO's model uses the Bureau of Economic Analysis's National Income and Product Accounts as the primary data source and presents the results in the aggregate for the state and local sector as a whole. In summary, the 2014 update to GAO's model shows that the state and local government sector continues to face long-term fiscal challenges. The fiscal situation of the state and local government sector has improved in the past year as the sector's tax receipts have slowly increased. Nonetheless, as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), our model suggests that at current rates total tax revenues for the sector would not return to the 2007 historical high until 2058. Learn more.
NACo Unveils County Explore Interactive Map Tool
(01/09/15) The National Association of Counties has released the County Explorer, a one-stop-shop for county data and profiles for each of the 3,069 U.S. counties, incorporating city-county searches and other queries. This is an upgraded version of the previous NACo database, County Intelligence Connections (CIC), with the addition of the "Find a County" searches available on the NACo website. The map is available for free to NACo members and other users interested in county information. The interactive feature allows users to map county data from more than 70 datasets and 500 county indicators, or variables, for the latest year available. Learn more.
NASEMSO Joins Public Safety Partners on Feedback to FCC
(01/08/15) The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) has joined the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) in filing a letter addressing the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposal to update its wireless indoor location accuracy rules. The organizations commended the FCC for its focus on improving the location information being provided to first responders from wireless devices during 9-1-1 calls. The coalition articulated concerns regarding an alternate timeline to the FCC’s proposal suggested by the wireless carriers. In its letter to the FCC, the group expresses support for using performance-based metrics for providing dispatchable location to PSAPs. Learn more.
NASEMSO Data Managers Offer New Resource on Selecting ePCR Software
(01/08/15) NASEMSO’s Data Managers Council has just released a resource guide, “Deciding on ePCR Software: A Guide for EMS Agencies”, now available here. Developed with input from state data managers, the purpose of the guide is to help EMS agencies make educated decisions when choosing an electronic patient care reporting (ePCR) vendor.