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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.
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.
SAMHSA anticipates 988 will continue to grow and evolve over the years. In 2021, the Lifeline received 3.6 million calls, chats, and texts. That number is expected to at least double within the first full year after the 988 transition.
SAMHSA continues to hold convenings with state, territorial, and tribal leaders – as well as crisis contact centers, public safety answering points, and behavioral health providers – to prepare for 988. One of the most urgent needs involves staffing at crisis centers. Anyone interested in serving in these critical positions is encouraged to visit the 988 jobs web page.
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Tammy Chatman, Public Information Officer
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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
• 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
• 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
• All participants in the service will be in dress uniform, flight suits, or similar
• 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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Wednesday, June 8, 2022
1:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
1:00-1:05 Welcome, Introductions, Opening Remarks
Jonathan Greene, Deputy Asst. Secretary for Preparedness & Response
Director, Office of Emergency Management & Medical Operations
Gam Wijetunge, Director, NHTSA OEMS
Director of the Office of EMS, NHTSA
Supervisory Program Analyst, Health Readiness Policy & Oversight
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
Deputy Assistant Secretary & Director,
Office of Emergency Management & Medical Operations
1:25 Indian Health Services
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 Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office
Pritesh Gandhi, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, EMS Program
1:45 United States Fire Administration
Director, National Fire Programs Directorate
1:50 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Associate Administrator, Research & Program Development
1:55 Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
David Furth, J.D.
Deputy Chief, Office of the Bureau Chief
2:00 State EMS Directors Update
Florida Department of Public Health
EMS Specialist, NHTSA OEMS
2:10 COVID-19 First Responder Deaths
EMS Specialist, NHTSA OEMS
2:15 National 911 Program Update
National 911 Program Coordinator
2:20 NEMSIS Update
EMS Specialist, NHTSA OEMS
2:25 National Roadway Safety Strategy – Post Crash Care
Director, NHTSA OEMS
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
3:25-3:30 Public Comment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rhonda Stitman
Phone: 888-364-9995 ext. 450
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Notice of Public Meeting: This notice announces a meeting of the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC).
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 email@example.com to access your report. Update your email address in the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System to ensure delivery.
For More Information:
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.
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.