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HHS launches innovative payment model with new treatment and transport options to more appropriately and effectively meet beneficiaries’ emergency needs

February 14, 2019

HHS launches innovative payment model with new treatment and transport options to more appropriately and effectively meet beneficiaries’ emergency needs

Supporting ambulance triage options aims to allow beneficiaries to receive care at the right time and place

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center), which tests innovative payment and service delivery models to lower costs and improve the quality of care, announced a new payment model for emergency ambulance services that aims to allow Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries to receive the most appropriate level of care at the right time and place with the potential for lower out-of-pocket costs.  Read More

The need for EMTs and paramedics is growing, but finding people to fill the jobs isn’t easy

February 1, 2019

  • Northern Light Health’s medical transport and emergency care in Maine is currently about 10 percent understaffed.
  • EMTs and paramedics are in demand around the country, with some 37,400 jobs set to be added through 2026, a 15 percent increase.
  • About five years ago, there were 15 to 20 applicants per open position at Northern Light. Today, it’s not uncommon to post a job and have zero applicants.
  • The health-care industry has added 368,000 jobs over the past year, while unemployment continues to hover near historic lows.

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NHTSA: EMS 2050 Agenda Released

January 31, 2019

EMS Agenda 2050 describes a people-centered vision for the future of EMS

After more than two years of stakeholder and public input, the Office of EMS at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and its federal partners today released “EMS Agenda 2050: A People-Centered Vision for the Future of Emergency Medical Services.” The document describes a vision for evidence-based, data-driven EMS that is integrated with the rest of the nation’s healthcare system.

“The release of EMS Agenda 2050 marks a beginning, not an end. It is now up to all of us to work together to make this vision a reality,” said Jon Krohmer, MD, director of the NHTSA Office of EMS. “NHTSA and our federal partners appreciate the work of the Technical Expert Panel, project team, and everyone who contributed to this effort. They have provided an inspiring framework on which to build.”

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NSC Press Release on Accidental Opioid Overdoses

January 14, 2019

Opioid OD Surpasses MVC in New NSC Report on Odds of Dying

For the first time in U.S. history, Americans are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a motor vehicle crash. A new report from the National Safety Council (NSC) found that Americans have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, while the probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103. The rising rates of overdoses is part of an overall trend of Americans dying from preventable, unintentional injuries that has increased over the past 15 years. Read more at https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/all-injuries/preventable-death-overview/odds-of-dying/.

Alaska and Georgia Partner with Biospatial

November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018 (Falls Church, Va.) – The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health and the Georgia Department of Public Health have recently completed Data Use and Analytic agreements with Biospatial, Inc. These states will be submitting National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) data elements to the Biospatial Platform to both assist in national preparedness and enhance their ability to visualize and understand their data with other data layers of relevance. Read More

Fatigue EBG Implementation Guidebook Now Available!

October 29, 2018

October 29, 2018 (Falls Church, Va.) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) partnered with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to develop “Evidence-Based Guidelines (EBG) for Fatigue Risk Management in Emergency Medical Services” published in the journal Prehospital Emergency Care in January 2018. The aim of the guidelines is to mitigate the effects of fatigue with recommendations based on a comprehensive evaluation of the best available evidence related to numerous fatigue mitigation strategies. Now, as an adjunct to the guidelines, NASEMSO and the University of Pittsburgh have joined forces to produce an Implementation Guidebook to complement the scientific papers, which includes a condensed summary of each recommendation and sample policy statement templates that may be tailored/edited to the needs of local agencies. Read More

New Framework Supports EMS Scope of Practice Decisions

October 29, 2018

The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) has collaborated with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to provide a derivative work of their decision-making framework to compliment state-based rules and regulations related to EMS scope of practice.  NASEMSO’s “Scope of Practice Model Decision-Making Framework for Emergency Medical Services” is now available on NASEMSO’s website at https://nasemso.org/projects/ems-scope-of-practice/. Read More

Michigan Partners with Biospatial

October 1, 2018

October 1, 2018 (Falls Church, Va.) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of EMS, Trauma, and Preparedness has completed Data Use and Analytic Agreements to become the eleventh state to partner with Biospatial, Inc. MDHHS will be submitting National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) data elements to the Biopatial Platform to both assist in national preparedness and enhance the state’s ability to visualize their data with other data layers of relevance. Read More

CAAS Ground Vehicle Standard Updates

September 27, 2018

The CAAS GVS Committee will convene two meetings in November to start development of the CAAS GVS V2.0 document. This new document will include updates from the V1.0 revision, as well as potentially incorporating a new Remount Standard. CAAS GVS V2.0 will have a July 2019 effective date.

Committee meetings are open to the public. Click here for more details

National TIM Response Training Course Updated

September 11, 2018

The update to the National Highway Institute’s (NHI) Web-Based Training (WBT) version of the National TIM Responder Training course is complete. The update focused on making the online version consistent with the March 2017 update to the in-person training materials and improving the functionality of the course. Read More