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Joint Committee on Rural EMS Care (JCREC)

Overview

State EMS Offices and State Offices of Rural Health are both committed to the principle that rural EMS systems should be able to respond in a timely, appropriate manner whenever serious injury or illness strikes someone in need.In 2009 the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) and National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) created a Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care.This Committee is dedicated to advancing policy to ensure access to timely, affordable, and high quality emergency care services in rural America.

JCREC EMS Leadership Education: A State-by-State Compendium of EMS Leadership Development Education

(Nov. 11, 2014) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) believe that strong leadership is critical to the future of rural EMS. Our organizations are interested in state approaches to enhancing EMS agency leadership. State EMS Offices, with assistance from their respective Offices of Rural Health, completed an assessment regarding EMS agency leadership education. A copy of the assessment can be found here. Click here to view the Compendium.

JCREC Meetings

  • JCREC 2014 Meeting Schedule:
    The JCREC meets monthly by teleconference on the second Monday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. The committee also meets in person twice a year during both the NASEMSO Mid-Year Meeting and the NOSORH Annual Meeting; dates vary.
  • JCREC Committee Meeting Records
  • SORH and EMS Learning Session

NASEMSO and NOSORH Adopt Action Plan to Further Rural EMS Priorities (July 2010)

The Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC) and its parent associations, the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) and the National Organization of State Rural Health Offices (NOSORH), have released a priorities action initiative entitled "Improving Access to EMS and Health Care In Rural Communities: A Strategic Plan." [download here]

The plan addresses three priority areas:

  • Integration with Health Care Systems: Redefining the Role of EMS
  • Workforce: Professionalizing and Resourcing the Provision of EMS
  • Performance: Measuring and Paying for the Provision of EMS

The paper assesses and includes needs identified by the 2004 “Rural and Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future” [download here], such as the role of volunteers and community paramedicine, but integrates more recent issues such as paying for rural EMS and measuring its performance.

“This document not only outlines the issues that we must focus on intently in the next few years, but assigns responsibility and deadlines to make sure that the badly needed work gets done. I am confident that it is a formula for moving ahead in a manageable fashion,” said JCREC Chair, Jim DeTienne, who is the EMS director in Montana.

Policy Brief on Integration of EMS into the Healthcare Delivery System (November 2009)

State EMS Offices and State Offices of Rural Health are both committed to the principle that rural EMS systems should be able to respond in a timely, appropriate manner whenever serious injury or illness strikes someone in need. In 2009 the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) and National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) created a Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care. This Committee is dedicated to advancing policy to ensure access to timely, affordable, and high quality emergency care services in rural America. The committee plans to develop and regularly publish “Policy Briefs” on rural EMS issues. This document is the first of these Policy Briefs.

Rural/Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future

The Rural/Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future was a joint project of NASEMSO and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, funded by the NRHA and ORHP/HRSA. NASEMSD members on the steering committee included: Fergus Laughridge, Jim Derrick, Jim Prince, Dean Cole, David Lake, and Greg Mears.

You can download a PDF copy of the final report here.

Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural & Frontier Emergency Medical Services in the U.S. Health System

The purpose of this document is to create a translation between and among the various guiding documents. In doing so, consistent themes emerge from the various works, strengthening the rationale and need to address key issues.

You can download a PDF copy of the final report here.