NHTSA EMS.gov | EMS Week Video

From NHTSA’s Office of EMS on May 17, 2021

This week, May 16-22, 2021, we once again recognize the people of EMS by celebrating National EMS Week. We hope you’ll take a minute to watch this special message from the entire team here at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of EMS.


This year’s EMS Week theme, “This is EMS: Caring for our Communities,” couldn’t be more appropriate. The past year has been a challenge, but it has also reminded people across the nation just how valuable emergency medical services systems—and most important, clinicians—are to our communities. This nation is in debt to all of the EMS clinicians and the people behind the scenes who show up every day with true professionalism and dedication.

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

St. Charles County Ambulance District | EMS Week 2021 Featured Service

St. Charles County Ambulance District
St. Peters, Missouri
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St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD) began operations in 1975 with three ambulances covering a largely rural 592 square mile service area. Over the past 45 years, the community has grown considerably; today, the population eclipses 400,000 residents. SCCAD, which currently employs 195 full-time staff and 70 part-time employees, has kept pace with the growth, adding stations and ambulances in strategic locations to ensure that response times to 911 emergencies remain short. The District currently staffs 19 advanced life support units from 16 stations serving all municipalities and unincorporated areas of the county. In addition to 911 response, SCCAD offers non-emergency inter-facility transport, which is staffed separately from the 911 division. In 2019, the District implemented a successful critical care ground transport program to help high-acuity patients get from our county’s community hospitals to the larger healthcare centers in St. Louis city and county.

Over the past decade, SCCAD has developed and implemented a number of innovative initiatives to better meet the evolving healthcare needs of our community. These include a multi-faceted Mobile Integrated Health (community paramedic) program, which focuses on readmission avoidance in partnership with several hospitals in our area, and SCCAD high-utilization patients identified by our paramedics. In addition, the MIH team collaborates with commercial insurers to offer services to their patients in the county. Also developed in recent years was the American Ambulance Association AMBY award-winning Substance Use Recovery Response Team, which sees specially-trained paramedics helping facilitate overdose patients’ entry into treatment programs if they’re willing to seek help. In 2018, the District launched a successful behavioral health telemedicine program in partnership with Behavioral Health Response. Most recently, SCCAD was one of only three EMS organizations in the state of Missouri selected to pilot the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Emergency Triage, Treat & Transport (ET3) program.

While COVID-19 most certainly presented operational challenges, it also offered EMS providers an opportunity to showcase our industry’s collective ability to adapt in the face of adverse conditions, and develop innovative, mission-driven solutions to meet the mobile health needs of the communities we serve.

From the onset, SCCAD embraced the challenge, working to develop strategies that would meet the needs of our employees, fellow first responders, and the community at large. To this end, our leadership team has worked in tandem with the St. Charles County Department of Public Health. Our Deputy Chiefs of Operations and Special Operations were added to the County’s incident command structure, and worked out of the County’s EOC to ensure a coordinated response. Meanwhile, our Deputy Chief Medical Officer worked tirelessly to develop aggressive contract tracing and quarantine procedures to ensure the safety of our team members, and worked to regularly push updated information out to crews. Under his direction, our training team spent time carefully reviewing donning/doffing and other safety protocols with team members.

In spring of last year, St. Charles County, like most other communities, struggled to scale up COVID-19 testing processes to meet demand. Residents experiencing symptoms were at times unable to get appointments for several days. Given the number of potential exposures that could result from a single infected paramedic, firefighter, or police officer, SCCAD’s MIH Team launched their first effort: a first responder testing program. The testing site enabled local police and fire agencies, along with SCCAD employees, to obtain a testing appointment in an expedited fashion. When local partners added more testing capacity toward autumn, we were able to scale down the testing effort.

Around the same time, Pfizer and Moderna began announcing initial success in clinical trials with their vaccines. With signs pointing toward emergency use authorization being granted by the FDA before year-end, the SCCAD team once again began strategizing on ways to make an impact. In conference with Public Health, it was determined that we would initially take point on first responder vaccinations, then move into other segments of the population while concurrently assisting with large-scale vaccination events being hosted by Public Health. Some of the vulnerable populations we’ve vaccinated have included elderly citizens residing at independent living senior apartments, homebound individuals, and those residing in rural areas of our county.

Though the past 14 months have been a stressful, challenging time, they’ve also shed a spotlight on the strength, determination, and character of many within our industry. In communities large and small across our state and nation, EMS is playing a critical role in getting things back to normal.

“Each and every day, our team of skilled professionals embody our values of dedication, compassion, accountability, integrity and respect. Through interactions on 911 calls, non-emergency transfers, and community safety programs, they are promoting best practices to integrated, community healthcare and enhancing the reputation not only of our organization, but also of the EMS industry.”
Kelly Cope, Chief

“Today’s healthcare landscape is constantly evolving, and paramedics are increasingly being relied upon to deliver the right treatment at the right place, time, and cost. Our team has risen to the occasion, developing and implementing several unique programs to address the unique needs of our community in recent years.”
Dave Lewis, Assistant Chief of Administration

“As is the case in many communities, our paramedics frequently find themselves serving not only a clinical role, but also one of counseling/social services. Our team has helped members of our community navigate everything from bed bug infestations to food instability. No matter the circumstances, patient advocacy is a critical role fulfilled by EMS.”
Kimberlyn Tihen, Mobile Integrated Health Division Captain

“EMS plays an important role in communities every day, but that role is heightened during significant and/or unique events. We’re relied upon to be part of the overall solution, projecting a sense of calm and reassurance. I’m grateful to work for an organization that invests heavily in training and equipment for these unique scenarios, giving me the tools I need to serve residents when the need arises.”
Rees Remington, Battalion Chief

To celebrate EMS Week, we’re patronizing a local small business in our community to show our appreciation to the paramedics and support staff of SCCAD. Prados, an upscale locally-owned Mexican cantina located within our community, will be preparing meal kits on May 17, 19 and 21 so each of our crews can enjoy a handcrafted lunch. Our leadership team will report to Prados at 11 a.m. on each of the aforementioned days, and will deliver the kits to our 16 stations across the county. Of course, our training, service center, maintenance, administration and other non-clinical team members are included.

In addition, we’ll be utilizing our social media feeds to highlight EMS Week and the work of our team.

Presidential Proclamation for EMS Week 2021

From Whitehouse.gov’s Briefing Room on Presidential Actions

A Proclamation on Emergency Medical Services Week, 2021

Every day, in communities across the country, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers put themselves on the line to save lives, safeguard dangerous situations, and deliver hope to families and communities in crisis.  With selflessness, professionalism, and grace under fire, they provide essential care — never more so than during our battle with COVID-19 over the past year.  This year’s Emergency Medical Services Week theme, “THIS IS EMS:  Caring for Our Communities,” honors our heroic frontline workers who provide vital emergency medical care and ease the burden of crisis for Americans in need of help.

Through service, compassion, and dedication, EMS providers represent the very best of the American spirit.  In the face of unprecedented challenges, their expertise, endurance, and hard work have been a literal lifeline for families in every community.  Whether responding to the enormous suffering caused by COVID-19, the devastation of extreme climate events, or daily medical emergencies, EMS providers — many of whom are volunteers — prepare, sacrifice, and put others ahead of themselves.  Not only do they assume the heightened risks associated with emergency care during a pandemic, but they also spend countless hours away from families and friends in order to serve their communities.

In the face of these challenges, EMS providers have not hesitated to take on new roles, including supporting COVID-19 testing, therapeutics, and vaccination sites.  To help support the women and men who do this vital work, my American Rescue Plan included $100 million to support the mental well-being — including the mental health — of our health care professionals, paraprofessionals, public safety officers, and EMS providers.  My Administration has also made it a priority to ensure that our State, local, Tribal, and territorial partners have the resources they need so that EMS providers are trained and equipped to respond to public health emergencies safely and effectively, now and in the future.

During Emergency Medical Services Week, we extend our deepest gratitude to all EMS providers.  Their courage, selflessness, and commitment are extraordinary examples of what it means to serve this great country.  We also extend our sincere condolences to the loved ones of EMS providers who have given their lives in the line of duty.  This week and every week, I urge all Americans to express their appreciation for our Nation’s EMS providers — and to bring greater safety to their lives, and to all of our lives, by getting vaccinated to help bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 16 through May 22, 2021, as Emergency Medical Services Week.  I call upon public officials, doctors, nurses, paramedics, Emergency Medical Service providers, and all the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

 JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

 

 

EMS Week Featured Service Application

EMS Week will take place from May 16–22, 2021.  To celebrate the extraordinary contributions of ambulance services to the communities they serve, we will be featuring specific services throughout EMS week on AAA’s website and social media.

If you would like to apply to have your service featured, please complete and submit all fields below by May 14. Thank you for your service to your community!

 

 

 

EMS Week Featured Service Application

EMS Week will take place from May 16–22, 2021.  To celebrate the extraordinary contributions of ambulance services to the communities they serve, we will be featuring specific services throughout EMS week on AAA’s website and social media.

If you would like to apply to have your service featured, please complete and submit all fields below by May 12. Thank you for your service to your community!

 

 

 

EMS Week | EMS for Children Resources

From EIIC, the Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center

Celebrate the 5 Days of EMS Week

EMS Week celebrates both the EMS profession and professionals for the vital role they play in the healthcare continuum. Each year, every weekday of EMS Week is appointed a theme that represents the multi-faceted nature of EMS. This section provides fact sheets, with a pediatric focus, identifying their importance, and providing ideas on ways to celebrate them.

EMSC Day Proclamation

Includes a customizable proclamation and a sample letter to a state or city official to attract public attention to your local activities by designating Wednesday of EMS Week, as EMS for Children Day.

EMS Professionals Appreciation Templates

Includes certificates of appreciation and thank you cards (for use by preschoolers, elementary students, teens/adults) to honor the EMS and acute care professionals for the work they do on behalf of children.

Social Media Artwork

This includes social media graphics, web banners, email badges, and a postcard to help you spread the word about National EMS for Children Day.

Child Activity Sheets

Includes coloring pages, dot-to-dots, mazes, crosswords, and much more to enhance awareness among children on how to prepare for and respond to a health care emergency and how to prevent childhood injury and illness.

EMSC History and Background

Includes fact sheets to promote greater awareness of EMSC activities, resources, and accomplishments

EMS Week 2021!

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Dear EMS Professional,

Over the last year, the pandemic has given people a small glimpse of the vital role of EMS professionals. The sacrifice and dedication of EMTs, paramedics and other EMS practitioners has rightfully earned them admiration and gratitude in their communities. Calling us heroes sometimes obscures the fact that—behind those masks—are people who, every day, take on many crucial roles: Healthcare professional. Emergency manager. Social worker. Crisis counselor. Consoler. Caregiver.

What is EMS Strong?

EMS Strong is a campaign that seeks to celebrate, unify and inspire the men and women of our nation’s emergency medical services. Learn More

Download the 2021
EMS Week Planning Guide

FINDING NEW WAYS TO CARE FOR HER COMMUNITY

Paramedic, firefighter and R.N., Jessica Banks, of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, has built many successful programs designed to improve patient care and outcomes. Read More

SOUTH DAKOTA PARAMEDIC FINDS HIS CALLING

Paramedic Ralph Young is an emergency medicine advocate who has spent three decades supporting the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Ambulance Service in South Dakota. Read More

LEARNING FROM HER FIREHOUSE FAMILY

20-year-old Kaylee Eckert, a volunteer at Goochland County Fire & Rescue Department, manages long transports in rural Virginia. Read More

BUILDING A CAREER AS A CONSTRUCTION SITE MEDIC

EMT Savanna Fatony has spent the past two years employed as a health and safety medical technician for Amphibious Medics, a company that provides occupational health and wellness services on construction sites and in industrial settings. Read More

CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITIES DURING A PANDEMIC

It was a year like no other. During EMS Week 2020, Philadelphia Fire Department crews faced staff shortages due to COVID-19. Read More

EMS WEEK 2021 IS ALMOST HERE!

Get ready to recognize and honor EMS in your community.
Now more than ever, it’s important to acknowledge all of your team members and educate your community about the valuable role that EMS plays. Read More

5 THEME DAYS FOR 5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE

National EMS Week, May 16-22, celebrates both the EMS profession and professionals for the vital role they play in the healthcare continuum. Here are the themes for each weekday:

Monday: EDUCATION DAY
Tuesday: SAFETY DAY
Wednesday: EMS FOR CHILDREN DAY
Thursday: SAVE A LIFE DAY (CPR & National Stop the Bleed Day)
Friday: EMS RECOGNITION DAY
Read More

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Registration Open! Annual & Stars In Texas

Annual & Stars of Life—Even Better Together!

The 2021 American Ambulance Association Annual Conference & Trade Show and Stars of Life EMS recognition event will take place TOGETHER in Grapevine, Texas, this November.

It has been a LONG year, but the wait is over and we can finally get together in person. Please join us in Texas in November to celebrate all that EMS has overcome, as well as to work collaboratively to solve the problems of today—and tomorrow.

Early Bird rates for the 2021 Annual Conference & Trade Show are available now! This is the best opportunity to save on registration for the EMS leadership event of the year. Save even more on registration when you bring a team of two or more!

Learn from the industry’s best, reconnect with peers from across the country, and return to your service with a renewed sense of purpose. What are you waiting for? We can’t wait to see you in Texas in November. Register now for AAA 2021!

► This year only, the American Ambulance Association’s Stars of Life will take place at the same location in Texas! Register your Stars for the November 2–3 Stars of Life event using the same convenient online process you use to register your leadership team for the November 1–3 Annual Conference & Trade Show.◄
AAA 2021 features a star-studded lineup of industry experts. Check out this year’s speakers and review the full agenda to find out what we have in store for you in Texas!

Elliot Eisenberg | The Macroeconomics of EMS
Chief Economist, Graphs & Laughs
Internationally acclaimed, member-recommended speaker and economics expert.
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Good Morning American Ambulance Association!
Join Rob Lawrence (Pro EMS, California Ambulance Assoc), Alexia Jobson (REMSA), and Mark Tenia (Richmond Ambulance Authority) for an EMS morning show that will energize, inspire, and connect.
The American Ambulance Association’s Stars of Life program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession.

Recognize the unsung heroes at your ambulance service—nominate EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and other EMS professionals for this year’s class of Stars. Stars of Life honors the contributions of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure.

2021 Stars of Life will take place in Grapevine, Texas November 2–3 in conjunction with the American Ambulance Association’s Annual Conference & Trade Show. Visit www.annual.ambulance.org to nominate YOUR Stars today! 

Stars of Life 2021 Agenda

Tuesday, November 2

  • 15:00 | Expo Hall Closing Reception (Optional)
  • 16:00 | Awards at President’s Reception
  • Dinner with Hosting Agency Leaders (Optional)

Wednesday, November 3

  • 09:30 | Secrets of EMS Post Secret Keynote
  • 10:30 | EMS Improv Class
  • 13:00 | Luncheon with AAA Leaders
  • 14:00 | Safetech Leadership Workshop
  • 16:30 | Adjournment

Note: We regret that we are not presently able to accommodate family member guests at the full 2021 Stars of Life event. There are no face-to-face or virtual legislator visits planned for this year’s Stars of Life.

Experience the Gaylord Texan
Everything is bigger in Texas and that undoubtedly includes Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center! Standing on the shores of Lake Grapevine with 4.5 acres of indoor gardens, several world-class restaurants, a 10-acre outdoor waterpark, seasonal resort pool, and indoor lap pool, this is a hotel that could only make its home in The Lone Star State.Enjoy the convenient location near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Grapevine Mills® shopping centerLEGOLAND®, and the Dallas Cowboys Golf Club.The Gaylord Texan’s spacious hotel rooms and suites provide an exceptional opportunity to relax, and you can unwind even more at the resort’s on-site spa, Relâche Spa & Salon. Make your time at the AAA conference extraordinary at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center! Reserve your rooms for Annual and Stars of Life now at low AAA rates!►
New for 2021, the American Ambulance Association is offering even more opportunities to connect with new colleagues!
Put your brand in the spotlight! If you are interested in showcasing your organization at our tradeshow, email hello@ambulance.org to receive information when booth registration opens mid-May.

EMS Week is May 16–22


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Dear EMS Professional,

Over the last year, the pandemic has given people a small glimpse of the vital role of EMS professionals. The sacrifice and dedication of EMTs, paramedics and other EMS practitioners has rightfully earned them admiration and gratitude in their communities. Calling us heroes sometimes obscures the fact that—behind those masks—are people who, every day, take on many crucial roles: Healthcare professional. Emergency manager. Social worker. Crisis counselor. Consoler. Caregiver.

What is EMS Strong?

EMS Strong is a campaign that seeks to celebrate, unify and inspire the men and women of our nation’s emergency medical services. Learn More

Download the 2021
EMS Week Planning Guide

COLUMBINE TRAGEDY LEADS TO CAREER IN EMS

How does your past impact your decisions and the direction your life will take? For Heather Edwards, one spring day more than 20 years ago set her on a course for a career in emergency medicine. Read More

EMS IN DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

He’s part EMT, part park ranger and part law enforcement officer: Meet Max Gallegos, a law enforcement ranger in Death Valley National Park.
Read More

PASSING ON A LOVE FOR EMS

Yolanda Johnson spent 10 years on an ambulance in Peoria, IL, before becoming an EMS instructor. Read More

A SEAT AT THE TABLE

It’s time for EMS to take the lead in making sure our healthcare partners know who we are. Read More

TO CARE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, YOU ALSO MUST TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Managing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond Read More

EMS WEEK 2021 IS ALMOST HERE!

Get ready to recognize and honor EMS in your community.
Now more than ever, it’s important to acknowledge all of your team members and educate your community about the valuable role that EMS plays.
Read More

5 THEME DAYS FOR 5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE

National EMS Week, May 16-22, celebrates both the EMS profession and professionals for the vital role they play in the healthcare continuum. Here are the themes for each weekday:

Monday: EDUCATION DAY
Tuesday: SAFETY DAY
Wednesday: EMS FOR CHILDREN DAY
Thursday: SAVE A LIFE DAY (CPR & National Stop the Bleed Day)
Friday: EMS RECOGNITION DAY

Read More

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EMS.gov | On-Demand Webinar | Experts Address the Next Phase of the Pandemic

From EMS.gov on April 21

EMS and Public Health Experts Address the Next Phase of the Pandemic

In last month’s EMS Focus webinar, “What the Vaccine Means for EMS Operations,” Florida’s State EMS Medical Director, Kenneth Scheppke, MD, and Commander Bryan Christensen, PhD, with the US Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tackled topics ranging from PPE to quarantine rules to the long-term impacts of the pandemic on EMS.

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Millions of EMS clinicians and members of the public across the nation have now received a COVID-19 vaccine. But exactly what does that mean for EMS systems and organizations? In this webinar, learn what we know, and what we don’t know yet, about how the vaccines are changing our approach to the coronavirus pandemic. You’ll hear from experts helping to create and implement guidance for EMS services during these unprecedented times. They’ll address topics such as:

  • Testing and quarantine implications
  • EMS clinicians who have not been vaccinated
  • Vaccines and coronavirus variants
    Lessons learned for the next pandemic

Presenters:

  • Bryan E. Christensen, PhD, is an epidemiologist and industrial hygienist with the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is also an environmental health officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. During the COVID-19 response, Bryan has been deployed in several capacities and has served on the Prehospital/EMS Team as part of the Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group.
  • Kenneth A. Scheppke, MD, FAEMS, is Florida’s State EMS medical director. A board-certified EMS and emergency physician, he also serves as chief medical officer for several fire-rescue agencies in southeast Florida, and has been a leader in the state’s response to coronavirus.
  • Jon Krohmer, MD, director of NHTSA’s Office of EMS and team lead for the Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group EMS/Prehospital Team, will moderate.

FirstWatch Webinar | ET3 Medical Triage Line NOFO Help

From FirstWatch Solutions

You’re invited to join us for a 30-minute webinar to help with your team’s submission for the

ET3 Notice Of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Medical Triage Line

Tuesday, April 20th

9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

ET3 submissions for Medical Triage Line are due May 11, 2021

FirstWatch & Priority Solutions have partnered to create ‘cut-n-paste’ text for your review / potential use designed for relevant sections of the ET3 NOFO directed at Low-Code (Emergency Communication Nurse System (ECNS) and long-time partner solution offered by FirstWatch (real-time views of ECNS, ProQA & CAD data, as well as Reporting requirements) for your review & consideration, as part of your submission.
Register Here for Webinar on April 20th

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Webinar Speakers

Rob Lawrence, MCMI

Rob has part-time roles as Director of Strategic Implementation for Pro EMS of Cambridge, Mass. and the Executive Director of the California Ambulance Association. Rob is also the Principal of Robert Lawrence Consulting. Rob served as the California COO with Paramedics Plus after nine years as the COO of the Richmond Ambulance Authority. Prior to that, he was the COO for Suffolk as part of the East of England Ambulance Service. He is a graduate of the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, serving for 23 years as a Medical Support Officer. Rob is the Communications Committee Chair of the American Ambulance Association. Rob is an accomplished writer, broadcaster and international speaker and is a member of the EMS World Advisory Board.

Elaine Messerli-Kelly, BSN-RN

Elaine is a Subject Matter Expert specializing in nurse triage and programs aimed at navigating patients to appropriate care. Elaine and EMK Consultants have partnered with several agencies who are seeking innovative solutions to traditional care which will improve the health of their communities. She works with Priority Solutions and the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch as a Regional ECNS and ECN-Quality Instructor.

Dr. Conrad Fivaz

Dr. Fivaz chairs the Council of Standards for Emergency Nurse Triage within the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch, the body responsible for the clinical governance of the nurse triage protocols. He fulfills the role of Clinical Director for PSI. He is also a member of the IAED CBRN committee.

He held a position as associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Annals of Emergency Dispatch and Response and authored numerous original research papers. He co-authored the clinical triage protocols used in the ECNS system and implemented the system in many countries on 4 continents over a 20-year period.

He qualified as Family Physician in South Africa where his interest and experience in clinical triage medicine started when he worked as emergency physician in a busy tertiary University Hospital’s Emergency Department and flight doctor for the “Flight for Life” helicopter service while completing his Masters degree in Family Medicine. He worked as a Family Physician in the UK before relocating with his family to the US.

CMS | 4/13 Webinar | HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program

From CMS on April 12, 2021

Upcoming Webinar for Providers on the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program: Interested in learning more about the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program? Participating providers are reimbursed at Medicare rates for testing, treating and administering COVID-19 vaccines to uninsured individuals.

Providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing to uninsured individuals, provided treatment for uninsured individuals with a COVID_19 diagnosis on or after February 4, 2020, or administered COVID-19 vaccines to uninsured individuals can begin the process to file claims for reimbursement. Providers can familiarize themselves with this process at https://www.hrsa.gov/coviduninsuredclaim, and learn more and file claims at https://coviduninsuredclaim.linkhealth.com/. Providers can also view Frequently Asked Questions about the program.

Join us on Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 2PM ET for an informational webinar.

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EMS Week 2021 Announcement

CONTACT
Tracy Hilsabeck
760-815-8432
thilsabeck@redflashgroup.com

For Immediate Release

“THIS IS EMS: CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITIES” CAMPAIGN TO HONOR EMS PROFESSIONALS DURING ANNUAL EMS WEEK

ACEP and NAEMT campaign celebrates emergency medical services professionals May 16-21, 2021

March 26, 2021—WASHINGTON, DC—The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), is proud to announce the EMS Week 2021 theme: THIS IS EMS: CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. The annual campaign recognizes the heroes who provide emergency medical services in communities across the country and takes place May 16th -21st this year.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to test EMS professionals like never before,” said Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP, president of ACEP. “EMTs, paramedics and other frontline workers are rising to the challenge and each has a crucial role in responding to the public health crisis of our lifetime. National EMS Week is a time to recognize and honor EMS professionals for their tireless dedication to their communities—not just during this pandemic but every day.”

Under the “EMS Strong” banner, the campaign supports and strengthens the EMS community by honoring accomplishments and increasing awareness of the critical role of EMS in communities across the country. Inspiring stories about EMS practitioners can be found on www.EMSSTRONG.org along with the annual EMS Week Planning Guide, a resource for the EMS community and stakeholders to help celebrate EMS Week and promote the value of emergency medical services.

“Throughout the pandemic, EMS has been on the frontlines, caring for the sickest COVID-19 patients, while also staffing COVID-19 testing and vaccine clinics,” said Chief Bruce Evans, CFO, SPO, NRP, MPA, president of NAEMT. “EMS Week is a chance for communities to come together and express their gratitude for EMS practitioners. Our nation’s paramedics and EMTs, as well as their families, have been through so much. Recognizing their service and sacrifices is an important step in healing and recovery from the stress and intensity of the past year.”

EMS Week dedicates five days to specific themes, and first responders are encouraged to plan activities and events around these themes in their communities.

  • Monday, May 17: EMS Education Day
  • Tuesday, May 18: EMS Safety Day
  • Wednesday, May 19: EMS for Children Day
  • Thursday, May 20: Save-A-Life Day (CPR & National Stop the Bleed Day)
  • Friday, May 21: EMS Recognition Day

Integral to the campaign’s success is the involvement and support from the corporate sponsors, strategic association partners and strategic media partners.

Corporate Supporters: FirstNet Built with AT&T, Genentech, T-Mobile for Government, American Red Cross, NHTSA/Office of EMS, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), AdvancedCPR Solutions, Boundtree Medical, Laerdal Medical, McKesson Medical-Surgical and North American Rescue.

Strategic Association Partners: American Ambulance Association, Association of Air Medical Services, Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education, Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics, International Public Safety Association, National Association of EMS Educators, National Association of EMS Physicians, National Association of State EMS Officials, National EMS Management Association, National Fire Protection Association, National Registry of EMTs and National Volunteer Fire Council.

Strategic Media Partners: EMS1.com, EMS World and JEMS/EMS Today. Visit www.EMSSTRONG.org for more information about 2021 EMS Week.

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About ACEP

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the national medical society representing emergency medicine. Through continuing education, research, public education and advocacy, ACEP advances emergency care on behalf of its 40,000 emergency physician members and the more than 150 million Americans they treat on an annual basis. For more information, visit www.acep.org and www.emergencyphysicians.org.

About NAEMT

Formed in 1975 and more than 72,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners, including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics and mobile integrated healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital- based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings and in the military. For more information, visit www.naemt.org.

AIMHI Webinar 3/23 | Developing and Implementing Evidence-Based Protocols

From the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration

Free Webinar | March 23 | Noon ET | Register Now►

EMS delivers medical care, first and foremost. The most crucial role of an EMS Medical Director is to develop, implement and quality assure protocols used in the delivery of medical care by EMS personnel, including Emergency Medical Dispatchers. This webinar will share the ways that Medical Directors of some of the most innovative EMS systems determine what medical treatments are included in protocols for EMS personnel, both in the ‘traditional’ role of EMS care delivery, but also enhanced protocols for things like Mobile Integrated Healthcare and alternate disposition models of care. Some of the topics discussed will be:

  • How do you determine an evidence-base for protocols?
  • How often should protocols be updated?
  • How do you balance clinical efficacy with operational realities?
  • What are some best practices in provider credentialing?

 

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Speakers

Brian Miller, MD, FACEP, FAEMS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and EMS division faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is the Associate System Medical Director with the Office of the Medical Director for the MAEMSA/MedStar Mobile Healthcare system in Fort Worth, TX. He also serves as the Deputy Medical Director for Dallas Fire-Rescue and 11 other surrounding suburbs making up the UTSW/Parkland BioTel EMS System. He graduated from Emergency Medicine residency at Indiana University and completed his EMS fellowship at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Doug Munkley started his career in 1980 as an Emergency Medicine Physician for Niagara Health where he practiced until 2016. During this time, he became actively involved in the early development of emergency prehospital care in Ontario and has worked as Medical Director for the Niagara Paramedic Program (1986-2020) as well as for the Niagara EMS Ambulance Communications Services from 2004 to present.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Munkley has been an integral part in EMS research including co-author of the Ontario Pre-hospital Advanced Life Support (OPALS) Project as well as the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) as a Site Investigator. Most recently, as Medical Director for Niagara EMS’s Accredited Centre of Excellence (MPDS and ECNS), Dr. Munkley has helped develop an evidence-based, clinical-outcome response plan based on a Mobile Integrated Health model of service delivery.

Dr. Munkley spends his free time as an avid cyclist, skier, old house restorer, gardener and beekeeper with hopes to resume travelling once his COVID antibodies are up.

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Webinar 3/25 | What the Vaccine Means for EMS Operations

From EMS.gov

What the Vaccine Means for EMS Operations

Tune in on Thursday, March 25, at 1 pm ET for the latest edition of EMS Focus, a federal webinar series hosted by NHTSA’s Office of EMS

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Millions of EMS clinicians and members of the public across the nation have now received a COVID-19 vaccine. But exactly what does that mean for EMS systems and organizations? In this webinar, learn what we know, and what we don’t know yet, about how the vaccines are changing our approach to the coronavirus pandemic. You’ll hear from experts helping to create and implement guidance for EMS services during these unprecedented times. They’ll address topics such as:

  • Testing and quarantine implications
  • EMS clinicians who have not been vaccinated
  • Vaccines and coronavirus variants

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Panelists Include:

Bryan E. Christensen, PhD, is an epidemiologist and industrial hygienist with the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is also an environmental health officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. During the COVID-19 response, Bryan has been deployed in several capacities and has served on the Prehospital/EMS Team as part of the Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group.

Kenneth A. Scheppke, MD, FAEMS, is Florida’s State EMS medical director. A board-certified EMS and emergency physician, he also serves as chief medical officer for several fire-rescue agencies in southeast Florida, and has been a leader in the state’s response to coronavirus.

Jon Krohmer, MD, director of NHTSA’s Office of EMS and team lead for the Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group EMS/Prehospital Team, will moderate the webinar.

Attendees will be encouraged to submit questions during any point of the discussion. The webinar and Q&A will last approximately one hour.

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.

CO Mile High RETAC Virtual Conference | National EMS Safety Summit

From Colorado’s Mile High RETAC Foundation

5th EMS Financial Symposium

March 30, 2021

12th National EMS Safety Summit

March 31-April 2, 2021

Both Conferences

Virtual “Live” Presentations

Nationally Recognized Speakers:
Asbel Montes, Matt Zavadsky, Scott Moore, Chris Cebollero, A J Heightman, Sharon Lipinski, David Wiklanski, David Dalton, Douglas Kupas, Matthew Streger, Jason Brooks, John Montes, And More!!!

Conference Schedule is based on MST

All attendees will receive a meeting invitation with a unique code to join the conference via Zoom

Registration and conference documents

www.nationalemssafetysummit.org

CEU’s offered

Vendors will provide “live” product presentations

“See” you there!

Questions contact:  Shirley Terry @ sjterry@nationalemssafetysummit.org

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Webinar 3/18 | ASPR Healthcare System Cybersecurity Response

From the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Healthcare System Cybersecurity Response: Experiences and Considerations March 18, 2021 ~ 1:30-2:45 PM ET

Presenters on this webinar will discuss their experiences and tangible lessons learned in responding to cybersecurity incidents. This webinar builds upon the recently released Healthcare System Cybersecurity: Readiness and Response Considerations document and accompanying overview presentation that describes how to use the resource. The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 1:30-2:45 PM ET.

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Moderator:

  • John Hick, MD, Hennepin Healthcare Introductions:
  • Laura Wolf, Ph.D., Director, Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection, HHS ASPR Speakers (listed in alphabetical order):
  • Lisa Bazis, MS, Chief Information Security Officer, Nebraska Medicine
  • Craig DeAtley, PA-C, Director, Institute for Public Health Emergency Readiness, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Dawn Straub, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Director, Nursing Professional Practice & Informatics, Nebraska Medicine

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FirstWatch Resilience Dialogue Webinars

From FirstWatch

Monthly Interactive Session
Friday, March 12th, 2021 | 9:00am PT / Noon ET
Resilience involves the ability to handle stress, bounce back, and move forward in life. The challenges of the last year highlight the need for individual, organizational, and collective resilience. We’ve learned a lot about how to build resilience and improve your ability to deal with all kinds of stress. These dialogues are open forums to explore resilience, all the things that cause stress in our lives, relationships, and more. Please join us for these monthly interactive sessions where everyone, including family members, is welcome. They will be held the second Friday of the month at 9am Pacific time.

Cybersecurity for EMS: Combatting The Cyber Kill Chain

Cybersecurity for EMS: Combatting The Cyber Kill Chain
Watch on Facebook Live | Watch on YouTube
Recorded February 25, 2021
Speaker: Mark Campbell, Global Medical Response

Add your IT and Cybersecurity Team to AAA’s New Working Group!

AAA members, please email the name, job title, and email address of your tech leader to amanda@ambulance.org for inclusion in a new Basecamp collaborative group.

EMS Trend Report Survey Extended Through Feb. 21

From Fitch & Associates on February 17

EMS Trend Report Survey Extended!

Share your impression on key industry topics and receive a Pinnacle discount as well as a chance to win an Amazon gift card

With the challenges those in EMS have faced this past year and continue to confront, it is as important as ever that we harness the data and information we have to prepare for the future. The EMS Trend Report, now in its sixth year, provides essential information for us to understand the impact of these challenges and continue to improve the health of our organizations. Your input is vital to this effort.

We encourage all members of the EMS community to weigh in on the EMS Trend Report survey with their perceptions, attitudes, and practices. The questionnaire will only take about 10 minutes to complete online, and you won’t need to review or access detailed data from your agency to complete it.

To show our appreciation for your participation, you will be automatically entered into our drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. In addition, you can take advantage of a $50 discount on the 2021 Pinnacle main conference being held August 9-13, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona (the discount code can be found upon completing the survey.) The survey closes Feb 21.

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