Emergency Medical Services Section
Updates and Action Items
FDA Releases Drug Shortage Mitigation Report
On October 31, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released their report on strategies for preventing and mitigating (pdf) drug shortages. The FDA Safety and Innovation Act (P.L. 112-144), which was passed in June 2012, required the FDA to create a drug shortage mitigation task force and report to Congress on the FDA's work to prevent and mitigate drug shortages. Please see the FDA's report to learn more about the FDA's approach to combating drug shortages.
ACEP Releases "EMS Culture of Safety"
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has recently released their report on building a culture of safety in the EMS industry (pdf). This report highlights important issues to consider in many key areas such as provider safety, patient safety, and community safety. See the newly released document (pdf) to learn how to build a culture of safety in your organization!
Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2013
Are you concerned about the impact that the season flu might have on your fire department? Read the latest evaluations and recommendations from Kathy West, co-chair of the Emerging Diseases Committee, on this year's seasonal influenza vaccination options.
IAFC Submits Comments on Ambulance Service Costs
The IAFC sent comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to suggest ways to improve CMS' calculations of the cost for providing ambulance service. The IAFC also recommended question topics for CMS to consider in an upcoming survey to better measure the cost of providing ambulance service. Please see the IAFC's comments (pdf) for more information.
COAEMSP Releases Board Minutes
The Commission on the Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Profession (CoAEMSP) recently held their quarterly board of directors meeting in which they discussed new training programs which they have recommended for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Help Education Programs (CAAHEP), CAAHEP standards revisions, distance learning programs, and more. Please see the full minutes from their recent board meeting for further information.
Federal White Paper on EMS Innovation
The Department of Transportation (DoT) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a white paper summarizing innovation opportunities in the EMS field. This white paper contains imporant information on the exciting future of EMS. Please see the white paper (pdf) and make sure your department stays on the cutting edge of EMS!
Medicare Add-On Payments Survey
The IAFC is actively working to get an extension for the Medicare ambulance add-on payments for 2014. To do this, we need to show Congress that the current Medicare reimbursement rates aren't fully reimbursing fire departments for the emergency medical care provided to patients. Please consider participating in this survey and helping in the fight to extend these important payments!
Heart Safe Award Winners
The EMS Section would like to congratulate the Tulsa, OK Fire Department and the East Pierce, WA Fire and Rescue Department on being named the 2013 Heart Safe Community Award winners. Check out the Tulsa, OK and East Pierce, WA winning nomination to see the systems that they have in place!
EMS Section Provides Drug Shortage Recommendations to FDA
In June 2012, Congress passed the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (P.L. 112-144) which contained a variety of strategies to help prevent and mitigate drug shortages. P.L. 112-144 required the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish an internal Drug Shortage Task Force to provide guidance on preventing and mitigating future drug shortages. The EMS Section submitted recommendations to the FDA to improve their ability to help fire departments respond to drug shortages. The EMS Section’s complete comments can be seen here (pdf).
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