7/30 | JEMS Paramedicine Strategic Planning Webinar

From JEMS, Sponsored by Zoll Paramedicine Strategic Planning DATE: July 30, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT / 12:00 PM CDT / 10:00 AM PDT / 5:00 PM GMT DURATION: 1 Hour. CEU: A certificate of attendance will be offered. PRESENTED BY: Brian J. Maguire, Dr.PH, MSA, EMT-P The flaws in the current emergency medical system design are coming to light in the wake of COVID-19. The EMS system in the U.S. has fallen behind other countries on many quality indicators. Paramedicine clinicians remain very poorly paid, and the U.S. paramedicine system remains isolated and underfunded. Operating with insufficient funding means agencies cannot afford to pay a professional wage. The median pay for EMTs and paramedics is $34,320. The median U.S. salary is $48,672. The low pay contributes to high personnel turnover. There is no single U.S. federal agency solely charged with supporting paramedicine operations. No legislative mandate exists to engage in paramedicine operational research. There is no paramedicine-specific financial support to advance core initiatives at the federal level. This is in stark contrast to those programs legislated to support law enforcement, firefighting and public health. EMS also needs support at the state and local levels. Dr. Maguire, and others, are (more…)

ZOLL Webinar: Billing During COVID- Best Practices for Cash Flow

Free webinar presented by ZOLL Thursday, August 6, 2020 | 2:00pm Eastern Register Here►  Learn how COVID continues to impact EMS billing and what you can do right now to improve cash flow and increase revenue. Attend the webinar, What’s Going on and What’s up Next: Billing in a COVID Environment for actionable tips and live Q&A.

 Webinar June 12 | Internal Size-Up: Mental Health for EMS Webinar

Free Webinar | Recorded June 12, 2020 at 14:00 ET  This presentation involves a careful examination of behavioral health awareness for EMS with an emphasis on understanding emotional and physical stressors. We will cover communication skills, addiction, depression, PTSD/PTSI, suicide statistics, retirement, and creating a behavioral health program. The program will: Introduce attendees to emotional and behavioral awareness. Introduce attendees to the various emotional stressors that affect EMS providers, including stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicide, and other behaviors. Discuss Cultural Brainwashing Discuss suicide rates within the EMS and fire services. About Jeff Dill Jeff holds a master’s degree and is a licensed counselor. He is a retired Captain from Palatine Rural Fire Protection District in Inverness, Illinois and is a member of the American Counseling Association and National Board of Certified Counselors. About Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) FBHA’s goal is to provide behavioral health workshops to fire departments and EMS organizations across the globe, focusing on behavioral health awareness with a strong drive towards suicide prevention and promoting resources available to first responders and their families. FBHA’s goal is to promote good mental health for the men and women who serve their communities through EMS and fire protection. FBHA (more…)

WEBINAR: Patient Care and Operations | Monday, June 15

Our partners at the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response are hosting a COVID-19 Clinical Rounds webinar next week. See below for more information and links to register. And be sure to access the latest COVID-19 information for EMS at the updated COVID-19 Resources for EMS. EMS: Patient Care and Operations Monday, June 15, 2020 12:00 PM EDT / 9:00 AM PDT Webinar Agenda Welcome and Introductions Jon R. Krohmer, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Director, Office of EMS, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Patient Care and Operations Kristi L. Koenig, MD, FACEP, FIFEM, FAEMS, Medical Director, Emergency Medical Services, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency; Professor Emerita of Emergency Medicine & Public Health, University of California, Irvine Will Smith, MD, Paramedic, FAEMS, Medical Director, Grant Teton National Park, Teton County Search and Rescue, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, USFS-BTNF; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine; Emergency Medicine, St. John’s Health, Jackson, WY; Colonel, MC, US Army Reserve – 62A, Emergency Medicine Q & A and Discussion Sign up to receive the latest news from the Office of EMS, including webinars, newsletters and industry updates....

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2020 AAA Virtual Conference Speaker Application

Although the 2020 AAA Annual Conference & Trade Show has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Ambulance Association remains committed to the continued education and engagement of ambulance service leaders.  As such, we plan a series of webinars throughout the year, as well as a Virtual Conference in November. If you would like to  submit a speaker proposal for the 2020 Virtual Conference, please complete the form below by July 31, 2020. Please note that all participating speakers may be asked to pre-record their sessions using a tripod or other higher-quality A/V setup, and that sessions may be edited for length or quality. Thank you for your interest in sharing your knowledge with your EMS colleagues. All Virtual Annual sessions will take place on the highly interactive Prodigy EMS platform developed by Pro EMS of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Financial Relief Update & Guidance for the Second Stage of the Pandemic

Financial Relief Update & Guidance for the Second Stage of the Pandemic   June 18, 2020 | 2:00pm Eastern Webinar | FREE to AAA-Members | $150.00 for Non-Members Presented by: Scott Moore, Esq., Brian Werfel, Esq., and Asbel Montes Register Here►  The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic had many EMS organizations scrambling to find the operational and financial resources to ensure that they could continue to respond and care for their patients as the pandemic gained momentum. Those first few months saw an incredible sense of urgency from legislators to make financial relief available to all individuals and businesses as they battled the Coronavirus. As we enter the second stage of the pandemic response and the economy begins to reopen, many EMS agencies are now seeing a significant decrease in revenue due to the reduction in ambulance transports over the last four months. This webinar will review the financial relief that is still available to EMS organizations and will discuss the more recent efforts by legislators to ease the financial burden on U.S. businesses. Lastly, we will provide a preview and an update of the relief efforts that are still being negotiated by lawmakers. Speakers: Scott Moore, Esq. Scott (more…)

Free Webinar 6/17 | FEMA Public Assistance Program Overview

June 17, 2020 | 14:00 ET | Free The webinar will cover the Public Assistance Process under the Stafford Act and how EMS agencies can apply for cost recovery for costs incurred under the COVID19 Disaster Declaration. Speakers G. Keith Bryant U.S. Fire Administrator G. Keith Bryant was sworn in as the U.S. Fire Administrator on Aug. 4, 2017. Prior to his presidential appointment, he was the chief of the Oklahoma City Fire Department (OCFD). He joined the OCFD in 1982 after serving as a U.S. Army firefighter/crash rescue specialist for four years. He also served a short time with the Edmond Fire Department in Edmond, Oklahoma. During his 35 years with the OCFD, Administrator Bryant was a member of the Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team, Hazardous Materials Response Team, and the Critical Incident Stress Management Team. He also responded to many significant incidents, including the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995, as well as two EF-5 tornados in 1999 and 2013. Bryant moved up through the ranks of the department, serving in many roles, including district/battalion chief, chief training officer, battalion chief of operations, and deputy chief of operations. He was appointed the 20th fire (more…)

WEBINAR: EMS Response to COVID-19 and Protests | Monday, June 8

Our partners at the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response are hosting a COVID-19 Clinical Rounds webinar next week. See below for more information and links to register. And be sure to access the latest COVID-19 information for EMS at the updated COVID-19 Resources for EMS. EMS Response to COVID-19 and Protests Monday, June 8, 2020 12:00 PM EDT / 9:00 AM PDT Webinar Agenda Welcome and Introductions Richard C. Hunt, MD, FACEP, HHS/ASPR National Healthcare Preparedness Programs EMS Response to COVID-19 and Protests Jeffrey D. Ho, MD, Chief EMS Medical Director, Hennepin EMS & Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Michael R. Sayre, MD, Medical Director, Seattle Fire Department & Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Washington Q & A and Discussion   Sign up to receive the latest news from the Office of EMS, including webinars, newsletters and industry updates....

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On Demand Presentation: Emergency Medical Services and 911

Healthcare Resilience Task Force: EMS/911 May 29, 2020 Dr. Jon Krohmer, NHTSA, HRTF EMS/Pre-hospital Team Lead Kate Elkins, NHTSA, HRTF EMS/Pre-hospital Deputy Team Lead 911, the universal number to call for emergency help nationwide, is a proven, life-saving service to the public. NHTSA’s Office of EMS oversees the National 911 Program, which envisions an emergency response system that best serves the public, providing immediate help in all emergency situations. This presentation covered the current Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Environment, Impacts and Next Steps for EMS in regards to COVID-19, and EMS and Fire Impacts on Community Lifelines.    

EMS by the Numbers: Impact of COVID-19

May 21, 2020 Presentation by N. Clay Mann PhD, MS, MBA NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center This document is provided by NHTSA in an effort to help State EMS Officials track particular EMS activations occurring during the COVID‐19 pandemic. This document will be updated periodically to provide current information regarding temporal variations in the type and characteristics of EMS activations occurring in the U.S. during the COVID‐19 outbreak. Please contact the NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center for updates to this document. Contact N. Clay Mann at clay.mann@hsc.utah.edu.

2020 Annual Conference & Trade Show Cancelled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the American Ambulance Association board has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Annual Conference & Trade Show. While we were looking forward to seeing everyone in Las Vegas in November, health and safety remain our top priority. We also anticipate that travel restrictions will remain in place for many attendees in the Fall and that Las Vegas may still have social distancing guidelines that would limit our ability to host the full program. The AAA is committed to providing education and networking opportunities to our members and the ambulance industry. Please stay tuned for more information regarding a smaller virtual conference offering and other educational opportunities. Attendees All registrations will be canceled and all paid orders will be refunded within 10 business days. If you have already processed payment for your registration, please be on the lookout for an email from AAA staff letting you know that your refund has been submitted. You do not need to do anything to receive a refund, we will process them automatically. Exhibitors & Sponsors All payments for exhibit booths and sponsorships will be refunded within 15 business days. Please be on the lookout for (more…)

On-Demand | EMS ESOP Webinar

How to Use an ESOP in These Turbulent Times June 16 | 14:00 ET | Free Webinar The COVID-19 pandemic will likely have a financial impact on ambulance services for 2020, 2021, and perhaps for several years beyond. During this era, many private for-profit mobile healthcare providers will be looking for ways to minimize corporate taxes and maximize cash preservation, while also maintaining competitive employee benefits. Other companies will be looking for ways to create liquidity for shareholders who wish to retire or reduce their ownership stake. This session will cover the basics of Employee Stock Ownership Plans, but more importantly how new ESOPs can be structured and used to increase private ambulance service cash flow and motivate employees in times of uncertainty and stressed balance sheets. ABOUT PHILIP E. DeDOMINICIS Phillip DeDominicis, MBA has served as the East Coast Partner of Menke & Associates for the last 16 years. Previously, he served as director of mergers and acquisitions for Salomon Smith Barney. He is a seasoned public speaker and serves on numerous boards. ABOUT MENKE & ASSOCIATES Menke & Associates, Inc. was founded in 1974 by John Menke who co-authored the landmark ESOP legislation which subsequently spawned the industry. (more…)

WEBINAR: EMS: Patient Care and Operations | Monday, June 1

Our partners at the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response are hosting a COVID-19 Clinical Rounds webinar next week. See below for more information and links to register. And be sure to access the latest COVID-19 information for EMS at the updated COVID-19 Resources for EMS. EMS: Patient Care and Operations Monday, June 1, 2020 12:00 PM EDT / 9:00 AM PDT Webinar Agenda Welcome and Introductions Jon R. Krohmer, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Director, Office of EMS, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Patient Care and Operations Lekshmi Kumar, MD, MPH, FACEP, Associate Professor, Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Grady EMS Bill Salmeron, Chief, New Orleans EMS Q & A and Discussion Sign up to receive the latest news from the Office of EMS, including webinars, newsletters and industry updates. Contact Us 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590 nhtsa.ems@dot.gov...

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EPIC Webinar 5/27: Hurricanes & COVID-19

2020 Hurricane Season During COVID-19 Are you prepared for the 2020 hurricane season while the world is also responding to COVID-19? CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health is joining the CDC EPIC Team Wednesday, May 27, at 1 p.m. EST. CDC experts will discuss possible health risks that could come from hurricanes combined with COVID-19; planning for the 2020 hurricane season while adhering to guidance on social distancing; and how community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and public health professionals can effectively communicate messages. Closed captioning will be available. Click here to learn more about this webinar, including continuing education options. More information on this webinar, previous EPIC webinars, and continuing education can be found on the EPIC Webinar website. Webinar Information When: May 27, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET   Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1614675517 Or iPhone one-tap: US: +16692545252,1614675517# or +16468287666,1614675517# Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 Webinar ID: 161 467 5517 International numbers available: https://www.zoomgov.com/u/aedA7dyLM2    

CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

ADVISORY MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list. This list is intended to help State, local, tribal and territorial officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Decisions informed by this list should also take into consideration additional public health considerations based on the specific COVID-19-related concerns of particular jurisdictions. This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard. Additionally, this advisory list is not intended to be the exclusive list of critical infrastructure sectors, workers, and functions that should continue during the COVID-19 response across all jurisdictions. Individual jurisdictions should...

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AAA Membership Town Hall with Senator Bill Cassidy

Members-Only Exclusive Town Hall Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 9:30am EST Join U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) for an exclusive members-only Virtual Town Hall Meeting on health care and COVID-19. Senator Cassidy will provide his perspective on the critical role of health care providers during the response to COVID-19. He will also offer insight into the direction the Senate is heading with regard to provider relief. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) Dr. Bill Cassidy is the senior United States Senator for Louisiana. Bill grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended Louisiana State University (LSU) for undergraduate and medical school. In 1990, Bill joined LSU Medical School teaching medical students and residents at Earl K. Long Hospital, a hospital for the uninsured. During this time, he co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic providing free dental and health care to the working uninsured. Bill also created a private-public partnership to vaccinate 36,000 greater Baton Rouge area children against Hepatitis B at no cost to the schools or parents. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Bill led a group of health care volunteers to convert an abandoned K-Mart building into an emergency health care facility, providing basic health...

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