Resources

COVID-19

Because this is such a rapidly evolving situation and documents can become outdated, we will also provide links to credible resources. Please check back often and click here to send articles/links that may be of interest to others.

Continuity of Operations Template

In partnership with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of EMS, NASEMSO is providing these link to help EMS providers in developing a Continuity of Operations Plan.

The document is available in both PDF and Word formats to facilitate local customization.

COVID-19 Literature Surveillance Team Daily Summary

This is an independent project to help sort through all the literature that is being generated on COVID-19 as assimilate based on relevance, accuracy, and other factors. The website is updated daily and offers links to subscribe to updates, past articles, and podcasts/

November CMS Call Update

In addition to the linked notes, here are some additional references that CMS has provided:

During our call I promised to forward on some resources to you and your colleagues in the event that they would like to access information that CMS has disseminated to nursing home providers. Here are a few items that I believe will be useful.

  1. CMS releases information related to emergencies, including the current PHE on the following website: https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page. I would point out to you that under the health care facilities section, this area has a wealth of information related to nursing homes for your review.
  2. The following website is a one-stop shop for accessing information that we have created for nursing homes as CMS recognizes that information is coming fast and furious during this time. https://www.cms.gov/nursing-homes
  3. Quality, safety and oversight recently released memos can be accessed here, https://www.cms.gov/medicare/provider-enrollment-and-certification/surveycertificationgeninfo/policy-and-memos-to-states-and-regions, and I find it helpful to sort by posting date.
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Monitoring

UPDATED WEEKLY -> EMS By the Numbers – Impact of COVID 19

Now includes US Map by county: COVID-19 Data Visualization from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University

Product Awareness

Buyers should be aware that NIOSH has data from evaluations of KN95 respirators that have not achieved a minimum 95% filtration efficiency. The data from the NIOSH evaluations will be posted on the website so users can check the models. Meanwhile, the FDA EUA site should be checked to make sure an appropriate model is selected.

Public Service Announcement

 

The extended nature of the Coronavirus public health emergency is having a significant psychological impact on all of us – at work and at home. It is essential we acknowledge this reality and stay informed about ways to help take care of ourselves, our families, and our colleagues.

Many states have a phone support system for first responders and front line personnel. Please check with your state EMS office to learn what’s available – and help make sure that your colleagues know about this resource.

Below are training and education programs on a variety of topic areas, including proactive health and wellbeing.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Staffing Resources

Veteran’s Administration

  • catalog of current TRAIN educational offerings, which is updated monthly.
    • These programs can be accessed anytime through VHA TRAIN
  • subscriber page where learners can sign up by health care topic to get email announcements when courses on a specific topic are added
  • VHA TRAIN data sheet, which is a single page PDF of key TRAIN information and can be distributed digitally or printed for local use
  • COVID-19 training website where any learner can take free COVID-19 specific training. Materials on the site are all available through publicly accessible devices, such as personal cell phones and tablets so they can be taken anytime, anywhere.

Graphic courtesy of Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington, IL (Download in pdf | pptx)

Alaska EMS

Arizona

California

Colorado

District of Columbia

Florida Dept of Health

Georgia Office of EMS

Hennepin (MN) EMS

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Maine

Maryland Institute for EMS Systems

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota Dept of Health

Mississippi

Montana

Nebraska

New Hampshire

New York

North Dakota EMS

Oregon

Pennsylvania Dept of Health

Rhode Island

Texas

Virginia

Washington (state)

Wyoming

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

American Heart Association

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International

Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

  • EMTALA Requirements and Implications Related to COVID-19
  • FAQs on Medicare Billing
    • Ambulance cannot bill for COVID-19 specimen collection
    • Does not allow ALS1 for COVID-19, even though we know the additional costs of PPE, decontamination, out of service time, personnel costs
    • Restates CMS will not pay for treat in place
    • Will not allow COVID-19 to be the reason for medical necessity (i.e.transport to or from isolation)
    • Did not specifically waive signature requirements

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions

COVID-19 Literature Surveillance Team Updated Daily

COVID-19 PowerPoint Presentation (pdf | pptx) (Katherine West,RN, BSN, MSEd Infection Control Consultant)

Decontamination Using Gaseous Techniques

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Drug Enforcement Administration

Emergency Management and Response Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC)

EMS Compact

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Infectious Disease Society of America

Interagency Board for Emergency Preparedness and Response

International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)

National Academy of Medicine

National Association of EMS Physicians

National EMS Information System (NEMSIS)

National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC)

Network for Public Health Law

NASEMSO

NETEC

NHTSA Office of EMS

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)

OSHA

Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC

  • EMS Law COVID-19 Corona Update – links to legal Q & A about:
    • Medicare, HIPAA, Workplace Staffing, Safety and Screening, Workers’ Compensation, Employee Leave, Patient Care, EMS Operations, Employee Wage & Benefits

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Updated frequently, the US CDC website has information and updates nicely organized for specific audiences.

Washington, DC

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