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New Initiative on EMS Performance Measures Announced
(11/01/14) NASEMSO announces a cooperative agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a comprehensive set of EMS performance measures. The two-year project, funded by NHTSA, will engage a wide range of EMS stakeholders to develop performance measures that are relevant to EMS agencies, regulators, and patients. The measures will be based on the latest National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) version data and will allow local and state EMS agencies to use their own data meaningfully. The project will facilitate an inclusive and open development process, with participation from dozens of EMS and healthcare experts and organizations and multiple opportunities for input and public comment.
NASEMSO will be discussing performance measurement in EMS and this project in greater detail at a National EMS Performance Measurement Stakeholder Summit on Dec. 2, 2014, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Washington, DC, immediately preceding the National EMS Advisory Council meeting. EMS industry representatives and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend. The location will be the American Immigration Lawyers Association Conference and Meeting Center at 1331 G Street NW, and the agenda will be announced soon.
NASEMSO Releases National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines
(11/01/14) Following the conclusion of a two-year project initiated by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Medical Directors Council, the National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines have now been completed and are available to the public. The project was developed for the purpose of helping state EMS systems ensure a more standardized approach to the practice of prehospital patient care and to encompass evidence-based guidelines as they are developed.
The guidelines are not intended to be mandatory or to determine local scope of practice. Rather, the goal is to provide a resource to prehospital clinical practice, maximize patient care, safety and outcomes. The prehospital guidelines may be used as presented or adapted for use on a state, regional or local level to enhance patient care and benchmark performance of EMS practice. They are intended to be a core set of guidelines, at least initially, with the goal of adding more guidelines in the future.
The project was funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of EMS and the Health Resources Services Administration, EMS for Children Program. Co-Principal Investigators Dr. Carol Cunningham and Dr. Richard Kamin led a project team comprised of emergency physicians from eight national EMS-related physician organizations in creating the document. Experts from a multitude of specialties provided input and technical assistance in creating the guidelines and feedback from the EMS stakeholder community was incorporated into the final version.
EMS News & Resources
U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Holds Hearing on Ebola Crisis; NASEMSO Submits Outside Witness Statement
(11/12/14) On Nov. 12, the full U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on “U.S. Government Response to Fighting Ebola and Protecting America.” Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) focused the hearing on what is being done in the United States and what resources are needed, including discussion of the Administration's request of a $6.2 billion emergency supplemental. The statements of Chairwoman Mikulski, the witnesses, and the outside witness statements are available here. The opening statement of Ranking Member Shelby (R-Alabama) is available here. NASEMSO submitted an outside witness statement, which can be downloaded here.
USDOT Issues Safety Advisory on Packaging and Handling Ebola Virus Contaminated Infectious Waste for Transportation to Disposal Sites
(11/12/14) The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) develops and enforces federal hazardous materials regulations (HMR) to ensure the safe commercial transport of hazmat in interstate, intrastate and foreign commerce by aircraft, railcar, vessel, and motor vehicle. Because state governments disposing medical waste fall beyond the HMR's purview, PHMSA has issued this safety advisory as a preventive measure. The advisory provides an inventory of all relevant information PHMSA has issued for the reference of state and local governments in dealing with the waste, including guidance on packaging. More information is available here.
NASEMSO to Partner with NOSORH in First Rural EMS Leadership Conference
(11/06/14) NOSORH’s JCREC (Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care) in association with the National Association of State EMS Officials is planning the first ever meeting for rural EMS leaders and advocates. Plan to attend and support EMS leaders in your state to attend the National Rural EMS Leadership Conference on May 5-6, 2015, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Topics include: Rural and Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future, Important Role of EMS with CAH, Community Paramedicine, Ambulance Service Sustainability, Legislative Update and more. Read more.
HRSA Awards $51.3 Million to Support Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment
(11/06/14) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., has announced $51.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 210 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to establish or expand behavioral health services for nearly 440,000 people nationwide. Earlier this year, HHS awarded $54.5 million in Affordable Care Act funding for 223 other health centers to expand behavioral health services. Health centers use these new funds to hire new mental health professionals, add mental health and substance use disorder health services, and employ integrated models of primary care. Learn more.
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