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Life-Assist Unlocks Grant Opportunities for First Responders

The Life-Assist Grant Assistance Program helps First Responders navigate the over 1400 grants available nationwide to pinpoint those tailored to meet their specific needs. Life-Assist offers unlimited and customized grants at no cost, powered by Lexipol.

The process is easy and increases the likelihood of success in securing grants. With the Life-Assist Grant Assistance Program, first responders have access to a comprehensive grant database to easily identify the grant that will support them with their EMS needs. To help navigate this vast landscape, unlimited and personalized grant research assistance specific to each agency’s project is provided. First Responders can also set up alerts for projects when using this program.

Getting started with the Life-Assist Grant Assistance Program is as simple as visiting our dedicated Grant webpage and filling out a 2-page form powered by Lexipol. The agency will hear from a Grant consultation expert soon after, who will help throughout the entire process to maximize the chances of successfully securing the funding sought.

Andy Selby, Vice-President of Sales at Life-Assist, explains why we started the Grant Assistance Program. “At Life-Assist, our primary purpose is to provide the best resources and tools available to First Responders. OurGrants Program will give access to unlimited funding opportunities to support critical patient care programs to our First Responders in local communities across the country,” Andy Selby, VP of Sales, Life-Assist.

To apply for a Grant through the Life-Assist Grant Assistance Program free of cost, visit: https://www.life-assist.com/info/grants

NHTSA | What Are the Potential Applications for AI in EMS?

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What Are the Potential Applications for AI in EMS and Transportation?

DOT’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Infrastructure Requests Information

What are the potential applications, opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) related to EMS and transportation? The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Advanced Research Projects Agency—Infrastructure (ARPA-I) has announced a Request for Information (RFI) on this topic.

AI has the potential to transform many elements of EMS and this is an opportunity for the EMS community to weigh in on emerging AI technology as it relates to transportation. The purpose of this RFI is to obtain input from a broad array of stakeholders on AI opportunities, challenges and related issues in transportation pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14110 of October 30, 2023 entitled “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence”. NHTSA’s Office of EMS (OEMS) encourages the EMS community to provide their input on transportation-related opportunities and challenges of AI, including software-defined AI enhancements impacting autonomous mobility ecosystems.

PROVIDE COMMENTS

Please submit any written comments by 7/2/2024 on the regulations.gov portal. Note that all submissions, including any personal information provided, will be posted and will be available to the public on https://www.regulations.gov.

For more information, please email ARPA-I@dot.gov or contact Timothy A. Klein, Director, Techno

OSHA Proposed Rule Impact Survey

Attention EMS Leaders!

We are reaching out to gather your insights on the potential financial impact of the recent OSHA Proposed Rule concerning health and safety requirements in the EMS sector. Your feedback is invaluable and will play a crucial role in shaping our understanding and response to these proposed changes.

We have prepared a short survey to capture your perspectives and estimate the potential implications on your operations. The survey can be accessed here, and we would appreciate all responses be submitted by May 15, 2024.

Please note that the public comment period for these changes closes on June 21, 2024. We aim to include the data collected from this survey in the AAA’s public comment letter to ensure that our industry’s voice is heard.

Thank you for taking the time to contribute to this important initiative. Your participation is essential in helping us navigate these potential regulatory changes effectively.

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NAEMSP Survey on Drug Shortages: Impact on Fire Departments and EMS Agencies

NAEMSP is currently conducting a vital survey aimed at understanding the effects of drug shortages on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies. As esteemed leaders in the field of EMS, your insights are invaluable in comprehending the challenges faced by frontline responders due to medication scarcities.

 

In recent years, the healthcare sector has grappled with an increasing number of drug shortages, presenting significant hurdles for EMS agencies and fire departments. These shortages not only disrupt standard protocols but also pose potential risks to patient care and safety. As such, it is imperative to gather comprehensive data to address these issues effectively.

 

Your participation in this survey will contribute to a deeper understanding of the following:

  1. The frequency and severity of drug shortages experienced by EMS agencies and fire departments.
  2. The impact of drug shortages on patient care, treatment protocols, and outcomes.
  3. Strategies employed by EMS agencies and fire departments to mitigate the effects of drug shortages.

By sharing your expertise and experiences, you will play a crucial role in shaping strategies to address drug shortages and enhance emergency medical services nationwide. Your input will inform policymakers, healthcare providers, and stakeholders about the challenges faced on the ground, enabling us to develop targeted solutions to safeguard patient care and optimize resource allocation.

 

Thank you in advance for your participation and commitment to advancing the quality and effectiveness of prehospital patient care.

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What is the Life-Assist Difference?
Life-Assist has been serving First Responders with emergency medical products and equipment since 1977.

We Offer a Personal Touch in an Automated World

Our genuine care for our customers is demonstrated through the quality of service we provide and the important connections we maintain with our First Responder customers. When you call Life-Assist at 1-800-824-6016 during business hours, you are never be greeted by an automated phone system. Instead, you will speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Customer Care Specialists.

Life-Assist is an Employee-Owned Company

Thriving as a family-owned business for 45 years by following the philosophy that the customer always comes first, in July 2022, Life-Assist went one step further, giving its employees a vested interest in serving others by becoming an ESOP company (Employee Stock Ownership Plan).

Charitable Giving is Part of our DNA

Life-Assist takes pride in our support for those who selflessly serve others and contribute to the betterment of the community at large. We partner with First Responders Children’s Foundation, who support children who have lost a First Responder parent in the line of duty.

Life-Assist’s Project Pink was founded in response to the loss of one of our own, Debbie Lang. Debbie’s charity of choice was METAvivor. We honor her by donating a portion of all Project Pink proceeds to this organization every year.

We Offer a Grant Assistance Program to First Responders

More than $600 billion in nationwide grants are available to public safety agencies and local government each year. With our Grant Assistance Program, Life-Assist can help First Responders find the grants they need for EMS equipment.

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Our National Account Manager Provides Extra Value

Chad Marsh’s experience in the EMS industry spans over 30 years. The key to the longevity of his success is his ability to create relationships with customers and provide valuable information relating to products, protocols and procedures used in the industry.

To contact Chad Marsh, call (503) 936-1879, or email: chad.marsh@life-assist.com

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Homeland Security | Homeland Threat Assessment 2024

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Intelligence Enterprise Homeland Threat Assessment reflects the insights from across the Department, the Intelligence Community, and other critical homeland security stakeholders. It focuses on the most direct, pressing threats to our Homeland during the next year and is organized into four sections. We organized this assessment around the Department’s missions that most closely align or apply to these threats—public safety, border and immigration, critical infrastructure, and economic security. As such, many of the threat actors and their efforts cut across mission areas and interact in complex and, at times, reinforcing ways.

Going forward, the annual Homeland Threat Assessment will serve as the primary regular mechanism for articulating and describing the prevailing terrorism threat level, which has previously been done through our issuance of National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletins. In the future, the issuance of NTAS bulletins will be reserved for situations where we need to alert the public about a specific or imminent terrorist threat or about a change in the terrorism threat level.

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EMS.gov Webinar | EMS Harm Reduction and SUD Treatment

EMS Focus
WEBINAR

EMS Harm Reduction and SUD Treatment

Hosted by NHTSA’s Office of EMS on March 22 at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT


According to the National Harm Reduction Coalition, “harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.” This can include improving access to naloxone (Narcan) to prevent death from opioid overdose, providing sterile syringes to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C, and fentanyl testing programs, among other types of help.

EMS clinicians are often on the frontline of addiction and the unintended consequences of both legal and illicit drug use and substance use disorder (SUD). In addition, drug use greatly impacts the larger context of our nation’s roads and highways through impaired driving and the resulting risks to the impaired driver, other drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. A 2022 NHTSA study of seven trauma centers around the U.S. found that nearly 56% of people injured or killed on roadways tested positive for one or more drugs, including alcohol. The most prevalent drug category was cannabis, and opioids made up 8.5% of cases at the trauma centers.

In this EMS Focus webinar, panelists will discuss:

  • Harm reduction and SUD treatment in the context of EMS care
  • Recent research
  • How innovation and intervention can drive overdose prevention in your community and reduction of other health risks, including traffic crashes that may be a result of impaired driving
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Panelists Include:

  • Kate Elkins, Emergency Medical Services/911 Specialist, NHTSA’s Office of EMS (moderator)
  • Gerard Carroll, M.D., EMS Medical Director, Cooper University Health Care; Division Head of EMS/Disaster Medicine; and Program Director, EMS Fellowship Program
  • John Ehrhart, Paramedic; EMS Manager, San Diego Health Connect; Co-Founder, California Paramedic Foundation; and Founder, Mission Critical Protocols
  • Simon Taxel, Paramedic Crew Chief and Public Safety Diver, Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS; Bloomberg Fellow, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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 Friday, March 15, 2024.

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GoAERO Competition + Informational Webinar Details

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Heroes who look past danger to help people in need,


Heroes to step in to be the difference between triumph and tragedy,

And Heroes who use their minds to create technology that saves lives.

We need those Heroes. 

GoAERO is offering $2+ Million in prizes for the best thinkers, creators and inventors to build Emergency Response Flyers and stretch and challenge their minds to unlock a new era of disaster and rescue response.

​By unleashing the power of autonomy, speed, and precision, GoAERO is looking for the brightest, boldest and bravest to change the way we rescue and respond to disaster.

This is your chance to make history and save lives.

 

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Summary of Change Healthcare Cyberattack and HHS Statement

On February 21, 2024, UnitedHealth Group (UHG) disclosed that one of its subsidiaries was the victim of a ransomware attack.  According to UHG, the cyberattack was perpetrated against Change Healthcare, an operating unit within UHG’s Optum subsidiary.  Change Healthcare is a health care technology company that provides support and technical services to UHG and numerous other health care insurers.  In response to the cyberattack, UHG proactively isolated the affected systems while it works to assess the damage.  

Change Healthcare offers a range of services to the healthcare industry, including payment and billing, prescription processing, and data analytics.  According to its website, it processes more than 15 billing healthcare transactions annually.  According to the American Hospital Association, Change Healthcare touches 1 out of every 3 patient records.  

As of today, Change Healthcare’s systems remain down, and there is no definitive timetable for when the company anticipates restoring services.  

HHS Statement on Impact to Federal Health Care Programs

On March 5, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement detailing the steps HHS would be taking to avoid further disruptions to the health care system.  Specifically, HHS/CMS indicated that it would:

 

  • Work to expedite new electronic data interchange (EDI) enrollments for any provider that needs to change the clearinghouse through which it submits Medicare claims.  HHS is also encouraging other federal health care programs, including State Medicaid and CHIP agencies, to waive or expedite new EDI enrollments.
  • Issue guidance to Medicare Advantage organizations and Medicare Part D sponsors to encourage them to relax or remove prior authorization, utilization management, and timely filing requirements for the duration of the Change Healthcare system outage.  
  • Encourage MA plans to offer advance funding to providers most affected by the cyberattack.
  • Encourage State Medicaid and CHIP agencies to remove or relax their own prior authorization and utilization management requirements, and to consider offering advance funding to providers to the extent permitted by state law. 
  • Ensure that Medicare Administrative Contractors are prepared to accept paper claims from providers who need to file them.  

HHS also indicated that it would permit hospitals to submit requests for Medicare Accelerated Payments, similar to those issued during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic; however other providers/suppliers do not seem to have access to this workaround HHS indicated that its MACs would be issuing specific guidance on how to request accelerated payments later this week.

The Potential Impact on EMS Providers

According to various reports, there are approximately 800 payers whose claims routing processes utilize Change Healthcare’s network.  The day-to-day processing of electronic claims for these payers may be impacted in varying degrees.  This impact may be felt directly, in the case of claims submitted directly by the provider to the payer, or indirectly, in the case of claims submitted through a clearinghouse.  

The AAA encourages members to contact their clearinghouses to see which payers, if any, are being affected by the system interruption.  Payers that are not capable of processing electronic claims will likely have opened channels for claims to submitted on paper.  The clearinghouses should be able to provide additional information on the steps a provider needs to take to ensure the proper processing of these claims.

Optum has also established temporary alternative funding options.  Essentially, these are advances based on historical claims submissions, which will be repaid (likely through claim offsets) once Optum’s systems are fully back online.  At this point it is unclear whether ambulance providers will be eligible for this alternative funding.  Members are encouraged to check the Optum website for further updates.  



GoAERO Competition + Informational Webinar Details

From GoAEROprize.com

Heroes who look past danger to help people in need,


Heroes to step in to be the difference between triumph and tragedy,

And Heroes who use their minds to create technology that saves lives.

We need those Heroes. 

GoAERO is offering $2+ Million in prizes for the best thinkers, creators and inventors to build Emergency Response Flyers and stretch and challenge their minds to unlock a new era of disaster and rescue response.

​By unleashing the power of autonomy, speed, and precision, GoAERO is looking for the brightest, boldest and bravest to change the way we rescue and respond to disaster.

This is your chance to make history and save lives.

 

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Webcast | Evolving FirstNet for America’s First Responders

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024 | 10:30 a.m. ET

The First Responder Network Authority will be launching the next phase of the FirstNet network in partnership with its network contractor, AT&T. The webcast will unveil major upgrades planned for FirstNet, driven by public safety’s needs.

Register below for the webcast, and join us on February 13 to hear from public safety officials and leaders from the FirstNet Authority and AT&T as they announce enhancements planned for FirstNet.

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Enhancing EMS Safety: Outcomes of the Lights and Siren Collaborative

January 17, 2024 – Irving, TX We didn’t need emergency warning devices to get where we were going – a motor vehicle crash without serious injuries. We tried to change lanes and were hit from behind, sideswiped, and pushed across the road. We expected people to yield to us, but the bright flashing lights and sirens contributed to distracting the driver of the car as he was trying to get around us. I still to this day believe we wouldn’t have gotten crashed if we were driving without the use of the emergency warning devices.

The reality is when lights and sirens are on, the risk of crash increases by over 50%.  Weekly, we hear  reports of ambulance crashes that impact providers, patients, and the public.

The National EMS Quality Alliance has released Improving Safety in EMS: Reducing the Use of Lights and Siren, a change package with the results, lessons learned, and change strategies developed during the 15-month long Lights and Siren Collaborative.  It will assist EMS organization in making incremental improvements to use of lights and siren on a local and systematic basis. “The best practices that have emerged from this project will allow every agency, regardless of service model or size, to more safely and effectively respond to 9-1-1 calls.” says Michael Redlener, the President of the NEMSQA Board of Directors.

“By utilizing less lights and sirens during EMS response and transport, our efforts have shown measurable increases in safety. The EMS community and the general public will surely benefit from the now-proven tactics provided by this partnership,” added Mike Taigman, Improvement Guide with FirstWatch and faculty leading the collaborative.

More about the Collaborative and participating agencies can be found in the change package and on the NEMSQA website.

About the National EMS Quality Alliance

The National EMS Quality Alliance (NEMSQA) is the nation’s leader in the development and endorsement of evidence-based quality measures for EMS.  Formed in 2019, NEMSQA is an independent non-profit organization comprised of stakeholders from national EMS organizations, federal agencies, EMS system leaders and providers, EMS quality improvement and data experts as well as those who support prehospital care with the goal to improve EMS systems of care, patient outcomes, provider safety and well-being on a national level.

 

NEMSQA
Sheree Murphy
smurphy@nemsqa.org
315-396-4725

Webinar | HHS Roadmap for Cybersecurity in Health Care

On Wednesday, December 6, 2023, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IEA) will host a webinar on healthcare sector cybersecurity from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.  HHS IEA stated speakers will discuss “the Department’s roadmap for cybersecurity in health care and answer questions on how HHS can help protect patient safety, secure our hospitals, and improve cyber resiliency in health care.”

HHS IEA indicated the event will feature the following speakers:

  • HHS Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm; and
  • Speakers from the Administration of Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Registration for the event can be found at:  Webinar Registration.

CoAEMSP Accepting Applications for Site Visitors

CoAEMSP is Adding to its Site Visitor Cadre!

Now Accepting Applications for Site Visitors

The CoAEMSP is increasing its site visitor cadre and is seeking Paramedic educators and physicians to become site visitors for the CoAEMSP.

The site visitor workshop will be on Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday, May 29-30, 2024, in Oklahoma City at the Omni Hotel, immediately preceding ACCREDITCON.

The site visitor workshop is for applicants who have been invited to be site visitors.

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2024.

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Important Information

The application deadline is January 15, 2024. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Applicants will be notified in mid-February 2024.

Invitees to the workshop are responsible for travel expenses to and from Oklahoma City.

The CoAEMSP will cover 2 nights hotel at Omni Oklahoma City.

Site visitors will be expected to conduct a minimum of 4 site visits in a 24-month period

Invitees to the workshop will be eligible for 50% off the registration fee to ACCREDITCON.

Site Visitor Qualifications

All Site Visitors

  • Successful completion of the Site Visitor Workshop under the current CAAHEP Standards.
  • If with a CAAHEP accredited Paramedic educational program, the program must be in good standing.*

Paramedic Educator

  • Employed as an educator in a CAAHEP accredited Paramedic educational program, at least 30% employee to the program or if retired and not currently working in a CAAHEP accredited Paramedic educational program, has worked in EMS education within the past 5 years.
  • At least 2 years of full-time experience or 5 years of part-time experience as a Paramedic educator in a CAAHEP accredited Paramedic educational program.
  • Knowledgeable about education issues, especially curriculum, exam development, program evaluation, and student evaluation.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Qualify as a program director under the current CAAHEP Standards.

Physician

  • Actively involved in a Paramedic educational program.
  • Knowledgeable about education issues.
  • Qualify as a medical director under the current CAAHEP Standards.
  • If retired and not currently working in a CAAHEP accredited Paramedic educational program, has worked in EMS education within the past 5 years.

To maintain the status of an active CoAEMSP Site Visitor, all are required to:

  • Successfully complete any required Site Visitor Updates.
  • Have consistently acceptable quality assurance reports as determined by the CoAEMSP Board of Directors.
  • Attend any required CE sessions provided by the CoAEMSP (web-based, in-person, or other format) to ensure continuous compliance with CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines.
  • Participate in a minimum of 4 site visits in a 24-month period.
  • If retired and not currently working in a CAAHEP accredited Paramedic educational program, has worked in EMS education within the past 5 years.
  • If with a CAAHEP accredited Paramedic educational program, the program must be in good standing.

Note: All requirements are subject to the discretion of the CoAEMSP Board of Directors.

*Good standing is defined as a program holding active status as a CoAEMSP Letter of Review program (LoR) or active initial or continuing CAAHEP accreditation. A program director, medical director, or faculty from a suspended or revoked LoR program, or a program holding CAAHEP probationary accreditation for any reason in the past 3 years would not be in good standing.

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