Author: AAA Staff

International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine (IRCP)

The International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine (IRCP) has returned and will be from September 15th – 17th in Orlando, FL.

The event will be a series of discussions, meetings and research focused on designing systems that will ensure patients’ needs continue to be met in environments and circumstances where health services are less available and the provision of care is increasingly challenging.

Book by August 18th for early bird pricing on the event and a discounted group rate on hotel rooms where the event is held.
For additional information and to register, please visit ircp.info.

Webinar 7/21 | How 988, Crisis Response, and EMS Can Improve Community Care

EMS Focus
WEBINAR

Working Together: How 988, Crisis Response, and EMS Can Improve Community Care

Hosted by NHTSA’s Office of EMS on July 21, 2022, at 3 pm ET / 12 pm PT


Hosted by NHTSA’s Office of EMS in collaboration with the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this webinar will discuss opportunities for collaboration between the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (988), crisis response, and EMS communities. Launched in July, 988 will be a new three-digit number for the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This system, in collaboration with 911 centers and first responders, is designed to support nationwide improvements in behavioral and mental health emergency responses.

EMS clinicians will hear from their peers engaging with 988 and crisis response teams about challenges and successes, and how to navigate interoperability between 911, 988, EMS, and other response agencies. Hear from both urban and rural agencies about how their collaboration with crisis response partners has made a meaningful difference in their communities.

Tune in for lessons learned in addressing barriers between these critical players in emergency response and providing improved resources in behavioral health incidents.

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Panelists Include:

NHTSA Office of EMS: Kate Elkins

International Association of EMS Chiefs: Daniel Gerard

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Richard McKeon

National EMS Management Association: Sean Caffrey

Gunnison Regional 911 Authority: Jodie Chinn

Gunnison Valley Health: Kimberly Behounek

Attendees will be encouraged to submit questions during any point of the discussion. The webinar and Q&A will last approximately one hour. Sign up to get email updates about this webinar series, new projects and more.


About EMS Focus

EMS Focus provides a venue to discuss crucial initiatives, issues and challenges for EMS stakeholders and leaders nationwide. Be sure to visit ems.gov for information about upcoming webinars and to view past recordings.

We are committed to providing equal access to this webinar for all participants. Persons with disabilities in need of an accommodation should contact nhtsa.ems@dot.gov to request an accommodation no later than Tuesday, July 19.

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EMSC | Pediatric emergency/disaster preparedness career development programs

The application deadline for three career development opportunities in the pediatric emergency and disaster preparedness space – the Emergency Medical Services for Children Scholars and Fellows Programs and the Pediatric Pandemic Network Scholars Program – has been extended to July 29 at 5 pm ET. The programs aim to develop leaders with a passion for improving care for children in everyday emergencies and disasters. The programs are open to participants across multiple disciplines and settings. Learn more.

AJ+ | No Hospitals, No Ambulances: Inside America’s 911 Crisis


Emergency Medical Services (EMS) like ambulances and hospitals are in crisis in rural America. EMS is not considered an essential service in the same way that fire and police departments are, and so they don’t receive the same funding. Paramedics and EMTs often make half the salary that nurses do.

Join us as we travel to the Mississippi River Delta to see how EMS crews are coping with a collapsing health care system.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) like ambulances and hospitals are in crisis in rural America. EMS is not considered an essential service in the same way that fire and police departments are, and so they don’t receive the same funding. Paramedics and EMTs often make half the salary that nurses do. Join us as we travel to the Mississippi River Delta to see how EMS crews are coping with a collapsing health care system.

YT Chapters

  • 00:00 – Pregnant And Dying, With No Hospital
  • 03:22 – Paramedics Are Delivering Babies In Ambulances
  • 06:04 – Why Is EMS Not Considered An Essential Service?
  • 07:57 – Why EMS Workers Are Wearing Bulletproof Vests
  • 10:05 – Why Hospitals Are Closing In Rural America
  • 12:07 – What Needs To Change In Mississippi?

NEMSIS 2021 Public Dataset Now Available for Research

EMS News

Data from Nearly 49 Million EMS Activations in 2021 Now Available for Research

Additionally, National EMS Database reaches important milestone as 50 states, D.C. and 3 U.S. territories are now submitting patient care data

The National Emergency Medical Services Information System Technical Assistance Center (NEMSIS TAC) announced the release of the 2021 Public-Release Research Dataset, the largest publicly available data of emergency medical services (EMS) activations in the U.S.

The dataset includes information from patient care reports from nearly 49 million EMS activations submitted by almost 14,000 EMS agencies serving communities across the country. Collected at the local level by individual EMS clinicians responding to calls and caring for patients, this data provides EMS agencies, states and the nation with critical insights for quality improvement, resource deployment, public health surveillance and more.

Since the NEMSIS data standard and National EMS Database were created with support from the NHTSA Office of EMS, researchers have used the data to study numerous important clinical and operational issues. This year alone, National EMS data has been used in articles addressing airway management, socioeconomic disparities, cardiac arrest, stroke and overdoses, just to name a few.

To learn more about the NEMSIS 2021 Public-Release Research Dataset, including how to request a copy of the dataset for research, visit nemsis.org, where you’ll find access to tutorials as well as online and pdf forms to request the data.

Learn More About the Dataset

NHTSA and the NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center also recently celebrated the addition of Delaware to the list of states and territories submitting EMS data to the National EMS Database–meaning information from EMS activations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and three additional U.S. territories are now being collected. This means an even more robust, complete picture of EMS across the country will be available to policymakers and researchers in the future.

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National EMS Memorial Service Needs Your Support!

Media inquiries and interview requests, contact:
Tammy Chatman, Public Information Officer
414-791-6655
tchatman@nemems@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National EMS Weekend of Honor Pays Tribute to Fallen EMS Heroes

Special events open to the public and media include:
National EMS Memorial Service & National EMS Memorial Bike Ride

Washington, D.C. (July 8) – The National EMS Memorial Service and the National EMS Memorial
Bike Ride will pay tribute to our fallen EMS and air medical providers from throughout the
United States during the 2022 National EMS Weekend of Honor, scheduled July 22-24 at the
Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway in
Arlington, Va. This year there will be 72 honorees recognized from 26 states. The 2022 list of
honorees can be found via the following link: 2022 NEMSMS Honorees

In addition to this marquee weekend, a multi-state procession of this year’s temporary National
EMS Memorial, known as the Tree of Life, occurs beforehand. The procession of this year’s
installment commences in Dallas, TX on July 11, making various stops over 10 days as it
progresses to Arlington, VA. Additional information about that experience dubbed “Moving
Honors,” including a route map, planned stops and viewing opportunities will be posted at
www.national-ems-memorial.org. It is expected that the Moving Honors will be met by the
National EMS Memorial Bike’s special Ride of Honor riders just outside of Arlington, VA.
Together they will parade into the Hyatt to launch the EMS Weekend of Honor and unveil the
EMS Tree of Life memorial to the honoree families on Friday July 22.

There are many activities and events during the three-days including two events that the public
and media are invited and encouraged to attend. Joining the Weekend of Honor will be various
therapy and comfort dogs onsite to support families and attendees as well as specially trained
grief support groups.

FRIDAY, July 22, 2022
Arrival & Ceremony of the National EMS Memorial Ride of Honor

• The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride celebrates the lives of those who have made the
ultimate sacrifice as well as those EMS legacy personnel who have died of natural or non-
employment-related causes. This year the organization is once again hosting a special
one-day ride to recognize the 72 line-of-duty-death honorees for the Service.
• A procession of more bike riders, support personnel, and EMS vehicles, leading the
special Moving Honors ambulance carrying the EMS Tree of Life, will arrive at the Hyatt
Regency Crystal City at approximately 4:00 p.m. (EDT), kicking off the 2022 Weekend of
Honor.
• Riders are predominantly EMS professionals from across the U.S. Each of the riders wear
dog tags bearing an honoree’s name, agency and date of their loss.
Upon arrival at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, a ceremony will unveil the 2022 EMS Tree of
Life, followed by reading of the honoree names and presentation of dog tags to the families.
Each rider will meet the family in front of the honoree’s biography to present one of their two
dog tags worn during the ride – an emotionally powerful part of the Weekend of Honor. The
rider will keep the other dog tag as a lifetime reminder of the honoree’s sacrifice.

SATURDAY, July 23, 2022
National EMS Memorial Service

• The National EMS Memorial Service, a formal ceremony to honor fallen EMS
professionals who have died in the line of duty, will be held at the Hyatt Regency
Crystal City.
• The entire memorial service can be viewed via live streaming. Will add link
• Hundreds of EMS personnel from across the country will travel to the Washington,
D.C. area to participate in the service, along with families, friends, co-workers of
current and past honorees, dignitaries, EMS and business leaders, and government
officials.
• All participants in the service will be in dress uniform, flight suits, or similar
appropriate attire.
• Honor Guards, along with bagpipe and drum corps will volunteer their time and
services throughout the weekend.
• An American flag, flown over the nation’s capitol, will be presented to each
honoree’s family along with the National EMS Memorial Service medallion.
• During the service, a National Moment of Silence will be called at 6:00 p.m. (EDT),
so that EMS agencies across the U.S. can pause simultaneously for several seconds
of radio silence to pay respect and remember the fallen—together.
• The year’s honorees are highlighted in pictures during the ceremony and a special
video collage of the Moving Honors is played, followed by an uplifting Candlelight
Ceremony that concludes the service.
• The National EMS Memorial “Tree of Life” will be on display. Individual bronze oak
leaves are engraved with the name of the fallen honorees. The Tree of Life is a
temporary memorial until a permanent memorial is established.

Jana Williams, president of the National EMS Memorial Service shared her thoughts on the
upcoming events, “The past few years have been especially challenging for EMS providers, but
it has also underscored our collective resolve. We continue to salute the dedication of all EMS
first responders. We are especially honored to pause and commemorate 72 EMS personnel
who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to others and to support the loved ones they
left behind. As we prepare for this year’s National EMS Memorial Service and Weekend of
Honor, we remain steadfast in our commitment to ‘Always Remember’.”

About National EMS Memorial Bike Ride
The mission is to honor EMS personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling
events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who serve every day, those who have
become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of
duty. Vist us at www.NEMSMBR.org.

About National EMS Memorial Service
The organization’s mission is to honor those in EMS from air and ground who have made the
ultimate sacrifice having died in the line of duty and it is the organization congressionally
sanctioned to conduct the annual service. Visit us at www.national-ems-memorial.org.
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Taking Care of Our Own 2022

June 8 | FICEMS Virtual Meeting

 

 

2022 SESSION

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

1:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Virtual Meeting

Washington, DC

 

General Meeting

1:00-1:05    Welcome, Introductions, Opening Remarks      
 

Jonathan Greene, Deputy Asst. Secretary for Preparedness & Response

Director, Office of Emergency Management & Medical Operations

FICEMS Chairperson
1:05-1:10    Approve:  Meeting Summary [December 8, 2021]
 

Gam Wijetunge, Director, NHTSA OEMS

Director of the Office of EMS, NHTSA
1:10-1:15    Department of Defense Update
1:10     Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

Elizabeth Fudge

Supervisory Program Analyst, Health Readiness Policy & Oversight
1:15-1:35    Department of Health & Human Services Update
1:15     Health Resources & Services Administration

Theresa “Tee” Morrison-Quinata

EMS for Children Branch Chief, Maternal & Child Health Bureau

Division of Child, Adolescent, & Family Health

1:20     Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response

Jonathan Greene

Deputy Assistant Secretary & Director,

Office of Emergency Management & Medical Operations

 

1:25     Indian Health Services

Darrell LaRoche

Director, Office of Clinical & Preventive Services

 

1:30     Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Christine “Chris” Kosmos

Director, Division of State & Local Readiness

Center for Emergency Preparedness & Response

 

1:35     Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CAPT. Skip Payne

Director, Emergency Preparedness & Response Operations
1:40-1:50    Department of Homeland Security Update 
 

1:40     Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office

Pritesh Gandhi, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, EMS Program

 

1:45     United States Fire Administration

Richard Patrick

Director, National Fire Programs Directorate
>1:50-1:55    Department of Transportation Update
 

1:50     National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Nanda Srinivasan

Associate Administrator, Research & Program Development
1:55-2:00    Federal Communications Commission Update 
 

1:55     Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau

David Furth, J.D.

Deputy Chief, Office of the Bureau Chief
2:00-2:05    State EMS Directors Update
 

                        2:00     State EMS Directors Update

Steve McCoy

EMS Bureau

Florida Department of Public Health
2:05-2:45    NHTSA Office of EMS Projects Updates
2:05     COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Working Group Update; 988 Update;                                         Mental Health & Suicide Prevention for EMS

Kate Elkins

EMS Specialist, NHTSA OEMS

2:10     COVID-19 First Responder Deaths

Dave Bryson

EMS Specialist, NHTSA OEMS

2:15     National 911 Program Update

Brian Tegtmeyer

National 911 Program Coordinator

2:20     NEMSIS Update

Eric Chaney

EMS Specialist, NHTSA OEMS

2:25     National Roadway Safety Strategy – Post Crash Care

Gam Wijetunge

Director, NHTSA OEMS

 

 

 
2:30-2:55    Technical Working Group Subgroup Updates
2:30     Evidence-based Practice & Quality Subgroup

Diane Pilkey, DHHS HRSA | Max Sevareid, NHTSA OEMS

 

2:35     EMS Data Standards & Exchange Subgroup

Rachel Abbey, DHHS ONC | David Millstein, DHS USFA

2:40     EMS Systems Integration & Preparedness Subgroup

Tee Morrison-Quinata, DHHS HRSA | Gam Wijetunge, NHTSA OEMS

2:45     Workforce & Safety Subgroup

Greg Williams, DHS USFA | Dave Bryson, NHTSA OEMS

2:50     Education & Training Subgroup

                                    Michael Stern, DHS USFA | Clary Mole, NHTSA OEMS
3:05-3:15    Break – 10 minutes
3:15-3:20    National EMS Advisory Council Update
                                    Jonathan Washko, Vice Chair, NEMSAC
3:20-3:25    FICEMS COVID-19 Response White Paper Project Update
                                    Mark Sigrist, Energetics (NHTSA OEMS)               

 

3:25-3:30    Public Comment
3:30-3:45    Committee Round Table Discussions
 
3:45             Adjournment

2022 AAA Board of Director Nominations Open

Nominations Now Open for AAA Board, More!
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Nominations Due 6/17 for
Board Candidates, Ethics Committee, and Honorary Members

Board Nominations

Nominations are open for AAA members in good standing who wish to serve the association in one of the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Region I Director
    (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT & PR)
  • Region II Director
    (AL, DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PA, SC, VA, WV)
  • Region III Director 
    (IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WI)
  • Region IV Director
    (AR, IA, KS, LA, MN, MO, OK, ND, NE, SD, TX)
  • Region V Director
    (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)

The nomination form must be completed by June 17th to be included in the election.

Individuals who wish to be considered for an elected position as President-Elect, Treasurer-at-Large, or Secretary must meet the following criteria:

1. Be an employee of and the designated representative of an Active member of the AAA, in good standing;

2. Be ready to devote time and effort to matters which concern the Board of Directors and to actively participate in all Board activities;

3. Be prepared to assist other AAA members with concerns and problems which relate to the ambulance industry and the workings of the AAA; and,

4. Understand that these positions provide no compensation for time or reimbursement for expenses. All travel-related expenses, including transportation, lodging and food are the responsibility of the individual and/or the sponsoring organization.

5. Be willing to comply with all governance policies of the association including, Conflict of Interest, Standards of Conduct, and Board Confidentiality, Public Comment and Lobbying Agreement (PDF).

6. Have served on the AAA Board within the past five (5) years prior to his or her declaration as a candidate for election as a President-Elect, Treasurer-at-Large, or Secretary.

Individuals who wish to be considered for an elected position as Regional Director must:

1. Be the designated representative of an Active member of the AAA, in good standing;

2. Be ready to devote time and effort to matters which concern the Board of Directors and to actively participate in all Board activities;

3. Be prepared to assist other AAA members with concerns and problems which relate to the ambulance industry and the workings of the AAA; and,

4. Understand that these positions provide no compensation for time or reimbursement for expenses. All travel-related expenses, including transportation, lodging and food are the responsibility of the individual and/or the sponsoring organization.

5. Be willing to comply with all governance policies of the association including, Conflict of Interest, Standards of Conduct, and Board Confidentiality, Public Comment and Lobbying Agreement (PDF).

There are no restrictions against an individual running for more than one position in the same election cycle, though no person shall hold more than one position simultaneously.All those who wish to stand for election and believe they are qualified are requested to complete a Nomination Form. Please note that we do not have two separate forms this year- just one form including the nominee info & candidate questionnaire! The form must be completed by June 17, 2022 to be included in the candidate ratification. 

Candidates’ statements and pictures, as well as the position(s) for which they are running for will be listed on the AAA website.

2022 Election Timeline

6/17 | Nominations Close
6/24  | Approval of Candidates by AAA Nominating Committee
6/28  | Approval of Candidates by AAA Board of Directors
8/1 | Voting Opens
Election will be paperless. Ballots will be delivered to AAA Active Member primary contacts via email.
9/1 | Voting Closes 11:59pm
9/18 | Election results announced at the Annual Membership Meeting at the AAA Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

Get Involved!
(Nominations Due 6/17)

About Honorary Membership
AAA accepts written nominations for worthy individuals who have significantly contributed to the accomplishments of the AAA and should therefore be recognized through the granting of Honorary Membership. Honorary Member Form►

About the Ethics Committee
It is the mission of the Ethics Committee to define and distribute guidelines that promote self-imposed high ethical standards for providers of ambulance services. The committee is responsible for hearing complaints and making appropriate recommendations regarding violations of the AAA Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct. Ethics Committee Form►


Complete Board Candidate Form

Complete Honorary Member Form

Complete Ethics Committee Form

Please contact Meghan Winesett at mwinesett@ambulance.org or
(703) 203-9885 with any questions. 

Women Lead the Charge at Booming Healthcare Software Company

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Rhonda Stitman 

Phone: 888-364-9995 ext. 450  

Email: Rhonda@ninthbrain.com 

Website: www.ninthbrain.com 

 

Women Lead the Charge at Booming Healthcare Software Company 

Ninth Brain, a software company that streamlines compliance, training, and 

communication in the healthcare sector, celebrates twenty years of success this Spring. 

FRANKENMUTH, Mich., April 28, 2022 – With a modest history begun as notes on a napkin by two nurses, the company now known as Ninth Brain sought a simple 

yet rigorous solution for the complicated compliance requirements faced by healthcare and first responder  organizations. This spring, Ninth Brain will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Lisa Tedford, uniquely titled  “Captain Grey Matter,” and Holly Taylor, “Chief Hat Holder,” run Ninth Brain with a passion for helping  clients and having a little fun along the way. Tedford says, “I was the first developer to bring the napkin  idea to life over 20 years ago. The best part of this journey has been hearing the feedback from the users  of our system and how it has helped them with their day-to-day. I enjoy seeing where the next big ideas  from our team and clients will take us.” 

When asked about their overall business philosophy, Taylor says, “We focus on caring about our  employees and our clients, the rest just falls into place. Focusing our efforts on being consultative  partners to our clients, in turn, creates advocates in the industry which naturally grows our business. We  look forward to celebrating continued success with our amazing team of devoted brainiacs and loyal  clients.” 

Using crowdsourced suggestions from clients and industry partners alike, Ninth Brain has grown from  Employee Health tracking into an expansive platform known for consultative training and onboarding,  workforce scheduling, risk assessments, and quality improvement. These tools have become especially  important during this time when Healthcare and First Responder industries are experiencing  unprecedented change, staffing turnover, compliance demands, and vaccine-mandate management. 

“Ninth Brain has changed how we provide education within our organization, taking us to the digital era by  reducing the amount of time used to track and document competencies, required education and  credentials,” said Lindsey Castle, Director of Education & Clinical Services at MedFlight.  

ee“PatientCare EMS Solutions has been using many of the features provided by NBS to enhance our  performance and maintain CAAS and CAMTS accreditations for several years. They listen to our “bright  ideas” for improvement and adopt many in their evolving version releases. They are truly customer  focused which is not something you get with every vendor. We know our customer support team by  name, and we can count on them to be available when we need them.” Stated Debbie Vass, Corporate  VP of Quality at PatientCare EMS Solutions.  

In the spirit of collaboration Ninth Brain is known for, Ninth Brain will celebrate its 20th birthday with nine  birthday parties with select clients, provide opportunities to sign up for birthday box surprises and  celebrate nominated Ninth Brain super users. You can check out what they are up to here https://www.ninthbrain.com

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About Ninth Brain Suite, LLC: Ninth Brain is a team of diverse, talented, energetic collection of brains,  skill sets, and hearts. Our system started with an idea to design a better, quicker, safer, and more  accurate way to manage compliance and meet regulatory requirements for the healthcare industry. Ninth  Brain Suite is recognized as one of the premier solutions for managing data, providing continuing  education, and tracking regulatory requirements. Our healthcare knowledge, friendliness and superb  support is how we build long lasting relationships with our clients.

 

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NHTSA’s Office of EMS Thanks You for Your Service

The Office of EMS (OEMS) at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is celebrating our nation’s dedicated EMS clinicians during National EMS Week, May 15-21, 2022. We would like to thank you for your commitment to providing high-quality care and compassion to your patients. Your work makes your communities safer and healthier every day.

Please take a moment to watch this video to hear a special message from OEMS Director, Gam Wijetunge, expressing his heartfelt gratitude for EMS clinicians nationwide.

EMS Week Thank You Video


This year’s EMS Week theme is “Rising to the Challenge,” addressing the courage and perseverance EMS clinicians demonstrate every day. Despite the obstacles, EMS clinicians remain dedicated to treating patients in the face of a continued pandemic response while handling the typical challenges of working in EMS.

Take advantage of this opportunity to educate others about all that you and your fellow clinicians do, like Office of EMS EMS Specialist, Kate Elkins, featured on an episode of the Everything is Public Health podcast, scheduled for release on May 19, 2022.

From all of us here at the Office of EMS, NHTSA, and the Department of Transportation: Thank you.

Deadline Approaches for Public Safety Input on Annual Grant Program

EMS & 911 Can Comment on
Funding Needs & Impact on Highway Safety

The Office of EMS and the National 911 Program—housed within the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at the U.S. DOT—encourage 911 and EMS professionals to provide input about their annual Highway Safety Grant Program. The DOT’s National Roadway Safety Strategy describes the major actions the DOT will take to significantly reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways, including specific references to the role that EMS and 911 systems play in this effort.

How to Participate: NHTSA seeks feedback on its formula grant program which awards more than $630 million annually to carry out highway safety programs nationwide. EMS and 911 systems play an important role in efforts that are funded through this grant program.

NHTSA published a Request for Comment (RFC) in the Federal Register to solicit feedback on the upcoming changes to the Highway Safety Grant Program. The RFC will be open for comment until May 23, 2022.

Submit Written Comment

For more information, please visit the Federal Register website and email questions to nhtsaropdprogramquestions@dot.gov.

NHTSA Names New 911 Program Coordinator

Please see the following statement from NHTSA announcing their newly named 911 Program Coordinator
911 program coordinator

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services announced today that Brian Tegtmeyer, ENP (Emergency Number Professional) will assume the role of National 911 Program Coordinator effective May 9, 2022. 

Mr. Tegtmeyer brings more than 26 years of experience in the field of public safety communications to the position.

“NHTSA’s long-term commitment to supporting 911 systems continues with the selection of Brian as the new coordinator for the National 911 Program,” said Gam Wijetunge, Director of the Office of EMS. “His deep knowledge of 911 systems and history of working within the 911 community, at a state, regional and national level is the experience needed to collaborate on updating and improving 911 across the nation.”

Brian began his career as a dispatcher at Hazel Crest Illinois Police Department and continued serving in various leadership roles in 911 systems before assuming his most recent position as Executive Director of DuPage Public Safety Communications in 2007. There he managed a 911 center with 44 agencies that serves a population of over 850,000 citizens.

“Next Generation 911 is the future of public safety communications. This evolution will impact every aspect of a communications center from the technology to operations to our most valuable resource—our telecommunicators,” said Tegtmeyer. “I am excited to join the National 911 Program’s efforts to help state and local 911 systems provide optimal 911 services to their communities.”

Brian has spent over a decade as a national educator teaching Public Safety Telecommunicator courses. He has also been an active member of multiple public safety organizations, including the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and has been active in Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforces (TERT) on a state and national level.

Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology at Western Michigan University and also served as a firefighter-EMT at the start of his career.

NEMSAC | Webcast May 11-12

The National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) will host a virtual meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, May 11-12, 2022. Members of the public can register for the webcast here.

The NEMSAC meets several times each year to discuss issues facing the EMS community. Members of NEMSAC provide counsel and recommendations regarding EMS to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS).

Daily agendas include time for NEMSAC subcommittee deliberations in the morning and the publicly webcasted portion of the meetings begin at 1:00 pm ET, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, and 12:00 pm ET on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Items on the agenda include:

  • Updates from Federal Emergency Services Liaisons
  • Discussion about FICEMS & NHTSA Initiatives
  • Subcommittee Reports
  • Public comment

Individuals registered for the meeting who wish to address the council during the public comment periods can review the current draft and interim advisories and submit comments in writing to NHTSA.NEMSAC@dot.gov by 5:00 pm ET on May 3, 2022.

Draft advisories:

Interim advisory:

This meeting will be open to the public. NHTSA is committed to providing equal access to this meeting for all program participants. Persons with disabilities in need of accommodation should send their request to Clary Mole by phone at (202) 868-3275 or by email at Clary.Mole@dot.gov no later than May 3, 2022. A sign language interpreter will be provided and closed captioning services will be provided for this meeting through the WebEx virtual meeting platform.

Register Now

Notice of Public Meeting: This notice announces a meeting of the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC).

www.federalregister.gov

CMS | Ambulance Ground Transport: Comparative Billing Report in April

From CMS on April 21, 2022

In late April, CMS will issue a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) on Medicare Part B claims for ambulance ground transport. Use the data-driven report to compare your billing practices with those of peers in your state and across the nation.

CBRs aren’t publicly available. Look for an email from cbrpepper.noreply@religroupinc.com to access your report. Update your email address in the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System to ensure delivery.

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National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Registration is OPEN!

The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride is currently accepting registrations for the East Coast, Southern, Midwest, and Weekend of Honor Events.

To learn more about each one of these events, check out the details below.  Looking to register?  Click on the registration buttons located under each of the route headings.

 

Weekend of Honor – July 22nd Crystal City, VA

This single-day event kicks off the Weekend of Honor in coordination with the National EMS Memorial Service. Registration is only $20.

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MidWest Route – June 20th – June 25th

Experience the beauty of the Midwest from St. Paul, MN. to Chicago, IL over the course of this six-day event.

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Southern Route – May 22nd – May 28th

This seven-day route begins in Fayetteville, NC, with a final destination of Williamsburg, VA.

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East Coast – May 21st – May 27th

The original route of The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride will travel from Boston, MA to Baltimore, MD.

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Colorado Route – September 11th – September 16th

Are you up for a climb?  Don’t worry, half of the route is all downhill.  With a start in Snowmass, CO to Littleton, CO you can take in the best sights of the Rocky Mountains.

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West Coast – September 19th – September 24th

From Reno, NV to San Francisco, CA this route has it all, The views, the weather, and the wine of the Napa Valley, don’t miss this season-ending route.

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Covid-19 Mitigation
The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride remains committed to providing a safe cycling and support environment for all participants, spectators, and hosts.  During all 2022 events, the CDC Covid-19 guidelines in effect at the time and location of the individual event will be followed by all participants.  You can view these requirements at the CDC Covid-19 Community Levels website by clicking here.
 

The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, Inc. honors Emergency Medical Services personnel by organizing and implementing long-distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who serve every day, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty.

You can learn more about the 2022 National EMS Memorial Service and obtain the hotel reservation list by clicking here

Infection Prevention and Control for the EMS/911 Workforce: Public Comment Requested

Draft Report on Infection Prevention and Control for the EMS/911 Workforce Released: Public Comment Requested
From EMS.gov on April 12, 2022

The draft report for the technical brief on Infection Prevention and Control for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS)/911 workforce has been released by the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The draft report is available for review and feedback through April 22, 2022 on Effective Healthcare’s website.

The technical brief summarizes the latest evidence on infectious pathogen exposure among the EMS/911 workforce and offers recommendations for the prevention, recognition, and control of infectious diseases and other related exposures that may be acquired in occupational settings.

The AHRQ is requesting feedback from the community to improve the final technical brief. The agency values feedback and will consider all comments received.

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AHRQ is a government agency that produces evidence-based guidance to improve the quality of healthcare delivery. It coordinates these efforts with partners in the field to ensure the evidence is understood and put into practice. For more information on the EPC Program, visit here. This project is supported by NHTSA’s Office of EMS, which strives to reduce death and disability by providing leadership and coordination to the EMS community in assessing, planning, developing, and promoting comprehensive, evidence-based emergency medical services and 911 systems.