EMS

HHSC Releases Ambulance Medicaid Rates

On April 19, the Health & Human Services Commission released proposed adjustments to Medicaid reimbursement rates for ambulances, effective Sept. 1, 2018. Ground EMS would face a cut of a little over 1 percent for ancillary codes billed by ambulance providers. It affects neither ground ambulance base rates nor ground ambulance mileage. Previously, cuts of as…

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EMS Agenda 2050 Meeting in Dallas

Members of the Texas EMS community, as well as leaders from around the country, gathered in Dallas March 1 for the fourth and final regional stakeholder meeting to support EMS Agenda 2050. The goal of the initiative is to write a new agenda for the future of EMS that envisions bold and innovative possibilities over the…

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REMINDER: DSHS to Allow Affidavit for FY 2018 EMS Allotment Funding

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Office of EMS\Trauma Systems is finalizing funding decisions and calculating the distribution formulas for fiscal year (FY) 2018 EMS Allotment/Allocation of the EMS and Trauma Care System Account (911 funds), the Emergency Medical Services, Trauma Facilities, and Trauma Care System Fund (1131 funds) and the Designated Trauma…

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Affidavit Allowed for FY 2018 EMS Allotment Funding

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Office of EMS\Trauma Systems is finalizing funding decisions and calculating the distribution formulas for fiscal year (FY) 2018 EMS Allotment/Allocation of the EMS and Trauma Care System Account (911 funds), the Emergency Medical Services, Trauma Facilities, and Trauma Care System Fund (1131 funds) and the Designated Trauma…

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Workgroup Forming to Address Mental Health-care Access for First Responders

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission seeks volunteers to develop and make recommendations on mental health-care access for first responders. HHSC is looking for people with professional and personal experience with crisis or emergency response, crisis or emergency mental health services, and mental health benefits for first responder organizations. To apply, download and submit an…

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Mental Health Resources for First Responders

Thank you to David Luna of TRAC-V for sharing these resources. _____________________________ Psychological trauma is the result of an extreme and unexpected stressful event that can shatter one’s sense of security and can lead to feeling helpless, overwhelmed, fearful and isolated.  In the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Harvey, it’s important for first responders…

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Last Chance to Submit Nominations for the Texas EMS Awards

Texas EMS Award nominations are being accepted until September 29. Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate a person or organization that best exemplifies what the Texas EMS/Trauma system has to offer.  Winners are announced at the Texas EMS Conference Awards Luncheon in November.   Visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/conference.shtm for submission information.

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HHSC Postpones Medicaid Rate Cuts for Ambulances

HHSC provided the following message to Medicaid managed care organizations on September 5: HHSC is pending the reimbursement rate changes for Dental and Ambulance services proposed at the August 8, 2017, public rate hearing.  The proposed reimbursement rate changes will not implement October 1, 2017, but HHSC will continue to seek input from Medicaid providers concerning…

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