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Tune in to the EMS Agenda 2050 National Implementation Forum

The EMS Agenda 2050 National Implementation Forum will be broadcast live tomorrow from Washington, DC. Log-on to the webcast and join the nation-wide collaborative effort to implement a people-centered EMS system. The webcast will begin at 12:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The event will be broadcast in two different sessions at the following…

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EMS for Children Conducting Survey of Emergency Departments

The Texas EMS for Children Program is currently conducting a survey of emergency departments throughout the state. They are encouraging hospitals to complete the survey online in order to help them collect information on transfer guidelines and agreements. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete. To find your hospital, click “Texas” on the drop down menu…

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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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Webinar: Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA)

Congratulations to Texas State EMS Director Joe Schmeider on being elected Chair of the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA)! The American Ambulance Association is hosting a free webinar on Nov. 1 at 1pm CST to provide more information on this important compact. REPLICA provides a collective solution to an age-old problem in EMS,…

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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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