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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The Legislative Budget Board today released their September report on the fiscal impact of Hurricane Harvey on state agencies. Fiscal years 2017 and 2018 actual expenditures through the end of July 2018 total $2,658.4 million in All Funds: • $241.5 million in General Revenue • $5.1 million in General Revenue-Dedicated • $211.2 million in Other…

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As the legislature prepares for the 2019 legislative session, committees are beginning to meet regularly to hear from invited witnesses on issues of importance. BUDGET TETAF continues to be actively involved in ongoing discussions of the 2020-2021 budget. As previously shared, TETAF President/CEO Dinah S. Welsh was joined by speakers Darrell Pile, Wanda Helgesen, Angie Burgin,…

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In recent years, suicide prevention and mental health awareness have taken on a larger role in the Texas emergency healthcare community. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and TETAF encourages all stakeholders to utilize and share the various suicide prevention resources available through the national campaign, as well as the Texas Department of State…

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The current TETAF bylaws call for the establishment of five councils to support the work of, and make recommendations to, the Board of Directors. It is the intention of the Board to rename the Councils as “Committees” in order to better reflect their designated roles and responsibilities. Each Council consists of both Board Members and…

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The Department of State Health Services has released their Hurricane Harvey After Action Report (AAR). The AAR for Hurricane Harvey reflects a post-incident review of state-level public health and medical preparedness and response activities.  The report is an assessment of areas of success and those requiring improvement and will guide future hurricane and disaster resource needs, protocols, planning,…

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Applications to serve on a committee of the Governor’s EMS & Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) will be accepted through September 24.  The application form can be downloaded from the News/Features column of the DSHS Office of EMS/Trauma Systems Coordination website: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/emstraumasystems/GETACCommApp.shtm.   * Applications (via email) are due by Midnight, September 24th. Due to tight timelines, applications received…

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UPDATED 10/10/2018: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has scheduled additional stakeholder meetings to review the state rules regarding trauma and stroke designation. These meetings are a continuation of the previous rule review meetings over the past few years and will utilize the following resource documents: TRAUMA STROKE Meetings have been scheduled for Longview,…

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UTMB is offering an ICD10 coding course September 15-16 in Galveston. The course provides trauma nurses, injury coders, and registrars with the knowledge and tools to ensure accurate and reliable trauma registry ICD10 coding.  BROCHURE UTMB Campus, Rebecca Sealy Building 404 8th St. Galveston, TX 77555 September 15 & 16, 2018 (8:00am to 5:30pm) Course…

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The TETAF Board of Directors met in Austin July 26-28 for a strategic planning session with consultants Gallegher Integrated Healthcare Strategies to continue the ongoing restructuring and advancement of the foundation. The board reviewed legal and fiduciary responsibilities, council priorities and expectations and common stumbling blocks and challenges faced by boards. They completed an analysis…

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