Emergency Medical Services Section
Updates and Action Items
PPACA Task Force Releases King v. Burwell Analysis
The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the legal status of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Do you know why the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the PPACA and what it means for the fire service? The IAFC's PPACA Task Force has released its analysis of the latest legal challenge to the PPACA and explains the impacts this decision could have on the future of emergency medical services. Make sure you read the IAFC's analysis (pdf) and stay informed on the latest news.
IAFC Submits Naloxone Comments
On June 2, the IAFC submitted comments to the FDA in response to proposals to allow members of the public to administer naloxone to individuals experiencing an opioid overdose. Read the IAFC's comments (pdf) to learn more about this issue.
Seeking EMS Performance Measures
Does your agency use innovative performance measurements? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) are looking for your help on the EMS Compass project. Learn how you can submit your measures and participate in an exciting project to create meaningful EMS performance measurements.
Enhancing Fire-Based Emergency Medical Services: Transitioning to the Next Level
When starting or enhancing a fire-based EMS system, there will be countless questions from fire service leaders, community officials and local politicians. This book answers these questions and serves as a guide for a fire department transitioning into, or enhancing, a fire-based EMS system.
FDA Releases Drug Shortage App
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released Drug Shortage, a smartphone app to keep you informed of drug shortages. This new app also gives users the ability to report suspected shortages to the FDA. Check out the app today and see if it is a good tool for your agency!
Changing Ambulance Reimbursements
The PPACA is bringing big changes throughout the healthcare system and these will likely impact EMS. Learn what to expect for the field of EMS and how you can best prepare your agency for potential changes.
Patching Patients and Payments
The world of Medicare reimbursements is constantly changing, check out the IAFC's latest edition of On Scene for an update on efforts to re-authorize the Medicare Ambulance Add-On Payments and pass Medicare fraud prevention measures.
REPLICA Interstate Compact
Does your fire department deploy EMS providers on USAR task forces or to wildland fires in other states? If so, where are these providers licensed? A number of EMS organizations, including the IAFC, recently completed the Recognition EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA). This project addresses the issue of allowing EMS personnel to work across state lines without having to be licensed in multiple states. It's now up to the individual states to adopt this compact and allow EMS personnel to continue caring for patients when they cross state lines. For more information, see the February 2015 On Scene and the REPLICA website.
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