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NASEMSO Releases State Model Rules for Regulation of Air Medical Services

(09/21/16) At its recent Fall Meeting, NASEMSO on Sept. 21 announced the release of “State Model Rules for the Regulation of Air Medical Services” to assist states with regulatory language intended to avoid conflict with the Airlines Deregulation Act (ADA) and the possibility of Federal preemption. These model rules are intended to be applied in a manner that would confine their scope to matters solely related to medical care, and not construed in a way that could constitute regulation of aviation safety or economic matters.

NASEMSO is the lead national organization for emergency medical services (EMS) and a respected voice for national EMS policy. Air ambulances are medical resources that are used and integrated within EMS systems to provide patient care. In response to “Guidelines for the Use and Availability of Helicopter Emergency Medical Transport (HEMS)” published by the United States Department of Transportation in April 2015, NASEMSO sought to identify opportunities for state regulations that address outcomes related to:

  • Quality of emergency medical care provided to patients
  • Requirements related to the qualifications and training of air ambulance medical personnel
  • Scope of practice and credentialing
  • Maintenance of medical records, data collection, and reporting
  • Medically related equipment standards
  • Patient care environments
  • EMS radio communications
  • Medically related dispatch requirements
  • Medical transport plans including transport to appropriate facilities
  • Other medical licensing requirements

NASEMSO Announces New Trauma Monograph at 2016 Fall Meeting

(09/21/16) At its recent Fall Meeting, NASEMSO on Sept. 21 announced the release of a new monograph, “Status of State Trauma System Planning and Development: Utilization of the HRSA Model Trauma System Planning and Evaluation Document,” at the NASEMSO 2016 Fall Meeting.

In this monograph, NASEMSO examined the general status of formal trauma system development in the states, and particularly the utilization of system development tools produced by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.)

Key data included: 82% of respondents indicated their state has enabling legislation or rules to designate trauma centers; 23% of respondents, only 16 percent of all states, have legislative authority to limit the number of trauma centers; 46% of respondents did not receive federal or outside funding for state trauma program administration; In spite of a 16% net loss in the Level I category, there has been a 27 percent increase in trauma centers overall since 2010; and the largest increase in trauma center recognition is occurring at the level III (12%), IV (63%), and V (117%) levels.

NACOSH Subcommittee Meets to Finalize Their Discussion of an Emergency Preparedness and Response Proposed Rule

(09/08/16) The Emergency Response and Preparedness Subcommittee of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) met this week with U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary, Dr. David Michaels, in Washington, D.C. The subcommittee is finalizing their discussion of potential elements of an emergency response and preparedness proposed rule and preparing its recommendation to NACOSH. NACOSH was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to advise and make recommendations to the secretaries of labor, and health and human services on occupational safety and health programs, and policies and matters relating to the administration of the OSH Act.


NASEMSO Program Manager, Kathy Robinson, RN, serves as the NASEMSO representative to the NACOSH subcommittee, shown above at its September meeting. Click to see full-sized photo.

Sue Prentiss, MPA, NREMT-P, Named First REPLICA Advocate

(08/31/16) Sue Prentiss, MPA, NREMT-P, has been hired on behalf of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) as the first REPLICA advocate and her role in this capacity begins immediately. The advocate will work primarily with state emergency medical services (EMS) officials, leadership from within the state EMS systems, interstate compact experts, the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT), and other interstate compact commissions to assist and enable states that are filing, or supportive of the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA) legislation with informational needs. She also will retrieve and assess materials from other compact commissions and expert sources, work closely with the states that have enacted the law, and prepare drafts of materials that will be needed upon activation of REPLICA and the outset of commission proceedings.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to work on one of the most important initiatives before EMS community and its partners today,” said Ms. Prentiss. “The REPLICA project represents an important intersection in the advancement of our profession while increasing access to EMS for our patients in all corners of the country.”

“We couldn’t ask for more qualifications from Sue,” stated NASEMSO President Paul Patrick, EMS director, State of Utah. “She spent more than a decade as a state EMS official, eight and a half years of which was as the state EMS director, she’s a paramedic, local elected official, and former Congressional legislative assistant. Sue will be an invaluable asset to states enacting REPLICA as well as those that already have.” download press release

Dr. Jon Krohmer Named as Next Director of NHTSA's Office of Emergency Medical Services

(08/24/16) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announces the appointment of Dr. Jon Krohmer as the Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS). Chosen from a field of more than 30 candidates, Dr. Krohmer comes to this position with a wealth of EMS experience and expertise and will lead NHTSA's collaborative efforts to improve emergency care across the nation. He will begin this new position on Sept. 6, 2016.

Board certified as an emergency physician, Dr. Krohmer has been actively involved in EMS for more than 30 years, first in his home state of Michigan, and then at the national level, as an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and president of the National Association of EMS Physicians. He has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Director of the Health Services Corps for Immigration and Customs Enforcement at DHS.

NAEMT Releases Results from National Survey on Data Collection

(07/25/16) The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) has released the results from its 2016 National Survey on Data Collection, Use and Exchange in EMS. More than 2,400 members representing EMS practitioners, managers, data managers and medical directors from a wide variety of agency sizes and types responded to the survey.

Federal Interagency Committee on EMS to Hold Meeting on Aug. 4, 2016, to Discuss MUCC Pilot Update

(07/25/16) The Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) invites you to attend its next meeting on Aug. 4, 2016, 1:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. The full agenda is available online. Please register online no later than Aug. 2, 2016. The meeting will be held at the NHTSA Office of Emergency Medical Services, Washington, DC. The agenda will include: updates and reports from various committees; a draft of the FICEMS interagency process for rapid coordination on health emergencies and statement on responder mental health; Model Uniform Core Criteria for Mass Casualty Incident Triage (MUCC) Instructional Guidelines pilot update; discussion of the revision of the EMS Agenda for the Future; and an update on the opioid overdose epidemic. The meeting is open to the general public; however, online pre-registration is highly encouraged.

Weather the Storm with the New FEMA App

(06/21/16) With hurricane season continuing through Nov. 30, the FEMA App is an essential tool to help your family weather the storm, nationwide. Receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States. Learn what to do before, during and after emergencies with safety tips. Share disaster damage photos on a verified photo-sharing platform. Prepare ahead of time with an emergency kit checklist and safety reminders. Get directions to open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person. Nearly half a million Americans already have the FEMA app. Be prepared and download free on the App Store or Google Play.

NASEMSO Supports New National EMSC Innovation & Improvement Center

(06/10/16) NASEMSO is pleased to announce that beginning July 1, 2016, an Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) will be launched to oversee and develop new initiatives to optimize and improve pediatric emergency care nationwide. NASEMSO will collaborate in this effort as a key stakeholder, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).

A long-time EMSC advocate, NASEMSO will provide expertise and assistance with EIIC activities through its Pediatric Emergency Care Council (PECC) to foster QI collaboratives, establish a National Pediatric ED Facility Recognition program for states, and to improve pediatric readiness through pediatric equipment, training, QI process and systems improvement.

“NASEMSO remains committed to the EMSC program and is excited about the EIIC collaboration between Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s,” stated Paul Patrick, NASEMSO President. “This partnership will re-enforce the EMSC program and augment the support system for State Partnership Program Managers. NASEMSO believes, as we work together, this new quality improvement focused system will help improve patient care for pediatrics across this country.”

The EIIC, a historic partnership between an academic center and HRSA, will be based in Houston, Texas with a four-year cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) EMSC Program, within the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, awarded to the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and Texas Children’s Hospital. Download press release for details.

NASEMSO Was Represented at the June FirstNet PSAC Meeting in San Diego

(06/07/16) The FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) is the primary advisor to FirstNet on how the nationwide public safety broadband network should be built. NASEMSO was represented at the meeting, held June 6, 2016, in San Diego, California. For more information, go to www.FirstNet.gov.


In the photo above, the PSAC members listen to FirstNet President T.J. Kennedy, a former flight paramedic and police officer. Present were Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet Board Member, and EMS representatives, including: Paul Patrick, NASEMSO President and PSAC Vice Chair; Don Lundy, NAEMT Past President; Jonathan Olson, Wake County EMS and National EMS Management Association; and FirstNet Senior EMS Advisor Brent Williams, formerly the Communications Coordinator for Michigan EMS. Click to see the full-sized photo.

NOSORH to Offer EMS Grant Writing 101 Virtual Course

(06/07/16) The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) will offer three sessions of its EMS Grant Writing 101 Virtual Course on June 15, June 22, and June 29, 2016. Participants will be able to: write a complete grant proposal; understand rural relevant data important to EMS agencies; and identify viable funding opportunities and submit a complete proposal. See details.

NASEMSO Fall Meeting Registration Is Now Open

(05/15/16) Online registration is now open for the NASEMSO 2016 Fall Meeting, set for Sept 19-23, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The early bird registration deadline is Sept. 8, with registration fees increasing as of Sept. 9. A preliminary program is available, as well as hotel information and details on featured speakers. The purpose of the meeting is to address current issues and trends in emergency medical services systems. Programs are conducted in a variety of formats to maximize information exchange and dialogue with state EMS officials on current EMS issues. Join us in Albuquerque for the NASEMSO 2016 Fall Meeting!

New Funding Opportunity: Enhanced State Surveillance of Opoid-Involved Morbidity and Mortality

(05/15/16) CDC released CDC-RFA-CE16-1608, "Enhanced State Surveillance of Opioid-Involved Morbidity and Mortality," to equip states to improve the timeliness of surveillance of opioid- involved morbidity and mortality. CDC’s Injury Center intends to support up to 11 state health departments with high burdens of drug overdose (i.e. states with high drug overdose death rates in 2014 or rapidly increasing drug overdose death rates from 2012 to 2014) over the three-year project period, with an average award amount of $335,000 each year. A desired outcome of the enhanced surveillance is to provide key stakeholders with more timely data on fatal and nonfatal opioid overdose and more detailed information on risk factors, which can inform prevention and response efforts. Applications due: June 27, 2016. Details here

National EMS Week Is Celebrated May 15-21, 2016

(05/15/16) National EMS Week takes May 15-21, 2016, with this year's theme being "Called to Care." National EMS Week is the perfect time to honor your local EMS professionals and promote awareness of their everyday service to the public. Here are some links for more information:

Presidential Proclamation

2016 Events to Honor Fallen EMS Heroes
> May 14-20, 2016: National EMS Memorial Bike Ride
> May 21, 2016: National EMS Memorial Service
> Third weekend in May 2016: National EMS Weekend of Honor

Download complete details here.
> May 15-21, 2015
National EMS Week
(order form for planning guides)

Kevin McGinnis EMS Message (video)

#Drones4Good Tumblr blog
True Priority and the FirstNet Network Video
FirstNet and Emergency Medical Services Fact Sheet
FirstNet Looks to Continue EMS Collaboration on New Public Safety Broadband Network Article (EMS Insider access required)


Weather the Storm with the New FEMA App

(06/21/16) With hurricane season continuing through Nov. 30, the FEMA App is an essential tool to help your family weather the storm, nationwide. Receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States. Learn what to do before, during and after emergencies with safety tips. Share disaster damage photos on a verified photo-sharing platform. Prepare ahead of time with an emergency kit checklist and safety reminders. Get directions to open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person. Nearly half a million Americans already have the FEMA app. Be prepared and download free on the App Store or Google Play.

NASEMSO Was Represented at the June FirstNet PSAC Meeting in San Diego

(06/07/16) The FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) is the primary advisor to FirstNet on how the nationwide public safety broadband network should be built. NASEMSO was represented at the meeting, held June 6, 2016, in San Diego, California. For more information, go to www.FirstNet.gov.


In the photo above, the PSAC members listen to FirstNet President T.J. Kennedy, a former flight paramedic and police officer. Present were Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet Board Member, and EMS representatives, including: Paul Patrick, NASEMSO President and PSAC Vice Chair; Don Lundy, NAEMT Past President; Jonathan Olson, Wake County EMS and National EMS Management Association; and FirstNet Senior EMS Advisor Brent Williams, formerly the Communications Coordinator for Michigan EMS. Click to see the full-sized photo.

National EMS Weekend of Honor to be Held May 20-22 in Washington, DC

(05/09/16) The National EMS Memorial Service, the National EMS Memorial Foundation, and the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride will pay tribute to 32 fallen EMS and air medical providers from 15 states during the 2016 National EMS Weekend of Honor, scheduled May 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, Va. There are many activities and events during the three-day 2016 National EMS Weekend of Honor, including events that the public and media are invited and encouraged to attend as a show of support for the selfless service and sacrifice of the 2016 honorees. Download press release with details. Download media alert on the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride.

NASEMSO Is Strategic Partner of EMS STRONG

(03/07/16) Produced by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), EMS STRONG is a campaign designed to celebrate, unite, and inspire the men and women of EMS 365 days a year. NASEMSO is a strategic partner of EMS STRONG. EMS STRONG is the bond you share with fellow first responders. Sometimes that bond is expressed in a silent nod of recognition, and other times it takes the form of war stories shared for the umpteenth time. But it’s always there. EMS STRONG is what draws a special few together to do incredibly important work, often under difficult circumstances, and many times with little thanks. Learn more about the campaign here. Download press release.

NASEMSO Now Offers Quick Links to Human Trafficking Resources

(02/01/16) “One hundred and fifty years ago, our Nation codified the fundamental truth that slavery is an affront to human dignity. Still, the bitter fact remains that millions of men, women, and children around the globe, including here at home, are subject to modern-day slavery: the cruel, inhumane practice of human trafficking. This month, we rededicate ourselves to assisting victims of human trafficking and to combating it in all its forms." — Remarks from President Barack Obama, proclaiming National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2016. The NASEMSO Domestic Preparedness Committee has collected an array of resources intended to assist in your state’s efforts to educate EMS practitioners to recognize victims of human trafficking and find resources intended to assist them. More information here.

FDA Seeks Comments on Management Cybersecurity in Medical Devices

(02/01/16) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance for industry and FDA staff on “Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices” that is now available for public comment. A growing number of medical devices are designed to be networked to facilitate patient care. Networked medical devices, like other networked computer systems, incorporate software that may be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. In addition to
the specific recommendations contained in the guidance, manufacturers are encouraged to address cybersecurity throughout the product lifecycle, including during the design, development, production, distribution, deployment and maintenance of the device. The exploitation of vulnerabilities may represent a risk to the safety and effectiveness of medical devices and typically requires continual maintenance throughout the product life cycle to assure an adequate degree of protection against such exploits. Proactively addressing cybersecurity risks in medical devices reduces the patient safety impact and the overall risk to public health. More information | Federal Register notice

NPHL Posts 50-State Compilation of State Laws Addressing Epi-Pen Use in Schools

(02/01/16) Most states have laws and policies on food allergy management in schools that include guidelines for the administration of epinephrine. A new 50-State Compilation from the Network for Public Health Law (NPHL) provides a summary of the state laws addressing EpiPen use in schools. The NPHL is comprised of federal, tribal, state and local public health agencies and officials; public health attorneys; public health advocacy organizations and individual advocates; public health researchers and organizations; policy-makers (including elected and appointed officials); and other organizations or individuals committed to using the law to improve public health. Details

 

NAEMSP Posts Toolkit for Supporters of H.R. 4365: Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016

(01/20/16) The Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016 (H.R. 4365) was introduced Jan. 12, 2016, by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC). H.R. 4365 would codify the practice of allowing EMS providers to administer controlled substances per standing order by a physician medical director. In addition, it would allow the EMS agency to register for the DEA number, rather than rely on the physician medical director’s DEA registration. Download bill text here. On Jan. 20, the National Association of EMS Physicians posted a toolkit to encourage grassroots support of H.R. 4365, in order to gain co-sponsors and support for the bill. The toolkit, available here, provides a sample letter, talking points, a fact sheet, and contact information for the health care legislative aid for each office.

CAAS Achieves ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer Status

(01/12/16) The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) on Jan. 11 announced that it has achieved accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for its standards development program. Mark Postma, CAAS Chair, said, "We are incredibly proud of this achievement which demonstrates CAAS's ongoing commitment to quality and excellence in standards development."

ANSI fosters the U.S. standardization system by accrediting the procedures of standard-setting organizations and subsequently approving individual documents as American National Standards (ANS). More than 230 ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers are now engaged in the creation and maintenance of voluntary consensus standards that are being used in virtually every industry sector. As an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer, CAAS may now submit its standards for approval as American National Standards (ANS).

Questions about ANSI accreditation can be directed to the Procedures and Standards Administration department at psa@ansi.org. Learn more about CAAS at www.caas.org.


NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind addresses the expert panel
and audience at the EMS stakeholder meeting on Fatigue in EMS inaugural meeting,
held Feb. 2, 2016 at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

NASEMSO's Fatigue in EMS Project to Hear Public Comments at Feb. 2 Meeting

(01/11/16) NHTSA will officially announce its new initiative with NASEMSO and the Carolinas Health System and will accept comments from the public about the development of voluntary fatigue risk management guidelines and resources tailored to the EMS occupation at a national stakeholder meeting on Feb. 2, 2016, in Washington, DC.

Brief presentations will address the potential dangers of drowsy and fatigued driving and the work of EMS practitioners, including the risk of traffic crashes and providing patient care, a summary of the project goals and methods for coming to consensus on EBG fatigue risk management guidelines, the plan for dissemination of EBGs, and additional project related activities and information.

 

A majority of the time in the meeting will be set aside to accept questions and comments from registered attendees. This is to ensure that the voluntary fatigue risk management guidelines will address the needs of the entire and diverse EMS community.

 

Individuals and organizations can provide electronic comments via www.regulations.gov, Docket No. NHTSA-2015-0121 or pursuant to the instructions included in the Federal Register Notice.

AAP Releases Policy Statement on Medical Countermeasures for Children in Public Health Emergencies, Disasters or Terrorism

(01/05/16) The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a new policy statement, “Medical Countermeasures for Children in Public Health Emergencies, Disasters or Terrorism.” This policy statement provides recommendations to close the remaining gaps for the development and use of MCMs in children during public health emergencies or disasters. Children are a population highly vulnerable to the effects of exposure to such threats, because many vaccines and pharmaceuticals approved for use by adults as MCMs do not yet have pediatric formulations, dosing information, or safety information. The abstract is available on the AAP website, and the full PDF is posted here.