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May is 30th Annual National Trauma Awareness Month

In 1988, Ronald Reagan recognized the need for trauma awareness and established May as the month for education and prevention activities. For the past 30 years, trauma leaders in Texas, and around the nation, have spearheaded efforts to educate the public, prevent traumatic injury and improve trauma care for all. Past campaigns have included: Stop…

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Submit Your Nominations for the Texas EMS Awards

The Department of State Health Services is currently accepting nominations for this year’s Texas EMS Awards, to be presented during the Texas EMS Conference in November. Nominations will be accepted until September 28, 2018. Award Categories 2018 EMS Educator Award honors a state-certified EMS instructor or course coordinator who advances EMS education in Texas through innovation, collaboration…

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Submit Your Nominations for the Texas EMS Awards

The Department of State Health Services is currently accepting nominations for this year’s Texas EMS Awards, to be presented during the Texas EMS Conference in November. Nominations will be accepted until September 28, 2018. Award Categories 2018 EMS Educator Award honors a state-certified EMS instructor or course coordinator who advances EMS education in Texas through innovation, collaboration…

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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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GETAC Meeting May 9-11

The next meeting of the Governor’s EMS & Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) will take place May 9-11, 2018 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in South Austin. A schedule of committee and council meetings has been posted and is available online. Additional information is available on the DSHS website.

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Despite a statewide texting ban, distracted driving is still a major cause of trauma in Texas. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and TETAF encourages all stakeholders to spread the word on common driving distractions, including: Answering a call Responding to a text Checking email Eating Socializing with friends in the car Listening to loud music…

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RACs Receive Additional Contract Funding

Although appropriators indicated last session the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) would receive level funding for FY 18 and 19 contracts with the state, actual FY 18 appropriations were significantly less – some RACs saw a cut of more than 40%. Even more concerning, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) indicated there may not…

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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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Maternal Levels of Care Rules Effective March 1

The final Hospital Level of Care Designations for Maternal Care, 25 TAC, Chapter 133, Subchapter K, §§133.201 – 133.210 were published in the February 16, 2018 edition of the Texas Register, and become effective March 1, 2018. The published rules can be found at: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/0216/0216is.pdf on 43 TexReg 875 – 887 of the February 16 edition. Be on the lookout…

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