ACEP: Coronavirus Field Guide

The American College of Emergency Physicians FIELD Guide to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has been released. This guide is one of the most useful, reliable, easy-to-read resource made available to date. It will prove useful not only to your field crews but also to office staff....

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FEMA Advisory | Supply Chain Stabilization

The following information was delivered by FEMA via email on April 9. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Supply Chain Stabilization  The Supply Chain Task Force continues executing a strategy maximizing the availability of critical protective and lifesaving resources through FEMA for a whole-of-America response. Efforts to date have focused on reducing the medical supply chain capacity gap to both satisfy and relieve demand pressure on medical supply capacity. The task force is applying a four-prong approach of Preservation, Acceleration, Expansion and Allocation to rapidly increase supply today and expand domestic production of critical resources to increase supply long-term. The preservation line of effort focuses on providing federal guidance to responders and the non-medical sector, such as public service (police, fire, EMT), energy distribution and the food industry on how to preserve supplies when possible, to reduce impact on the medical supply chain. The  acceleration  line of effort provides direct results to help meet the demand for personal protective equipment PPE through the industry to allow responders to get supplies they need as fast as possible. The  expansion  line of effort is charged with generating capacity with both traditional and non-traditional manufacturers, such as adding machinery or by re-tooling assembly lines to produce new products. (more…)

CMS Waives Restrictions on Ground Ambulances During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgated an interim final rule with comment period (IFC) entitled “Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.”  Consistent with the recommendations the AAA made to CMS, for the duration of the public health emergency (PHE), the IFC allows ground ambulance service providers and suppliers to transport patients both on an emergency or non-emergency basis to any destination that is equipped to treat the condition of the patient consistent with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) protocols established by state and/or local laws where the services will be furnished.  In related guidance, CMS has suspended most Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) medical review during the emergency period due to the COVID-19 pandemic, waived patient signature requirements, and is pausing the Repetitive, Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transport Prior Authorization Model. The policies of the IFC are effective retroactively to March 1, 2020. On March 11, the AAA sent CMS a letter specifically requesting for the agency to waive during the COVID-19 pandemic the regulatory restrictions that prevent coverage for transport to alternative destinations.  Separately, the AAA has been pressing CMS to provide relief from signature requirements. The AAA had also been working with CMS to...

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Weekly COVID-19 Member Calls

EMS providers serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Ambulance Association is here to help! Join us for weekly interactive discussions to share best practices and insights as well as to overcome common challenges. | Chaired by AAA President Aarron Reinert | Wednesdays at 4:00 pm ET | Chaired by Dr Ed Racht of Global Medical Response | Fridays at 4:00 pm ET We look forward to facilitating the exchange of ideas and critically important information. New to Zoom? Register for one or both of the calls above, then check out Zoom’s handy guide. Not near a computer? Use the Zoom iPhone app or Zoom Android app!