Study | Nationwide EMS Calls Have Dropped 26%, Attended Deaths Doubled

From the University at Buffalo News Center Since early March and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., 911 calls for emergency medical services have dropped by 26.1 % compared to the past two years, a new study led by a University at Buffalo researcher has found. But the study also found that EMS-attended deaths have doubled, indicating that when EMS calls were made, they often involved a far more serious emergency. Study Details Effect of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‐19) Pandemic on the United States Emergency Medical Services System: A Preliminary Report E. Brooke Lerner PhD Craig D. Newgard MD, MPH N. Clay Mann PhD, MS, MBA

6/25 | CMS Open Door Forum | Documentation Requirement Lookup Service

From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Special Open Door Forum:  Medicare Documentation Requirement Lookup Service Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern Time Conference Call Only The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Program Integrity will host a series of Special Open Door Forum (SODF) calls to educate the public about a new initiative underway to develop a Medicare Fee for Service (FFS) Documentation Requirement Lookup Service prototype. Also, to allow physicians, suppliers, IT and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Developers and Vendors, and/or all other interested parties to provide feedback to CMS and inform how interested parties can get involved or track the progress of this initiative. CMS is collaborating with ongoing industry efforts to streamline workflow access to coverage requirements, starting with developing a prototype Medicare FFS Documentation Requirement Lookup Service and is participating in two workgroups to promote development of standards that will support the Lookup Service. One workgroup is a private sector initiative hosted by Health Level Seven (HL7), the Da Vinci project. The second workgroup is The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) at Scale Taskforce (FAST). By working with HL7, ONC, (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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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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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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