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News by Topic: Emergency medical services

Feb 2, 2023 - Notice from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) announcing a public meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and Board Committees on February 15, 2023, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Central. An agenda will be published on the FirstNet Authority website.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 1, 2023 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to the January 27, 2023, information collection request titled "Emergency Ambulance Transports and Beneficiary Signature."
Source: Federal Register
Jan 27, 2023 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) CMS HCPCS Modification to Code Set Form; and 2) Emergency Ambulance Transports and Beneficiary Signature. Comments are due by March 28, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 24, 2023 - From 2004 to 2014, 9% of rural counties lost all hospital obstetric services. The University of Mississippi Medical Center is providing classroom-style and real-life scenario instruction to emergency responders, nurses, and providers in small rural hospitals to prepare them for emergency situations involving pregnant mothers and their babies.
Source: Denver7
Jan 13, 2023 - A new policy allows veterans in crisis to have up to 30 days of free inpatient or crisis residential care and up to 90 days of follow-on outpatient care. Veterans do not have to be enrolled in the VA system to be eligible
Source: NBC News
Dec 28, 2022 - Describes hazards to spectators when medical helicopters land in rural areas, and offers safety protocols when patients in rural areas need air transport.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Dec 28, 2022 - Describes a one-of-its-kind mobile facility traveling in rural Missouri with state-of-the-art equipment and simulations, to train first responders and healthcare providers. In the first 6 months of 2023 the Mobile Simulation Center will travel across the state to provide 20 free trainings, with the goal of training 30 first responders or healthcare providers per day.
Source: Fox2Now
Dec 21, 2022 - Describes obstacles Texas rural emergency service providers face when they respond to traffic accidents. Spotty cellphone service, high-speed crashes, and low seatbelt usage all contribute to disparities between urban and rural traffic fatalities.
Source: The Texas Tribune
Dec 16, 2022 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces the membership of the Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing (GAPB) Advisory Committee and provides notice of its first virtual public meeting to be held on January 17-18, 2023. The agenda includes an overview of the No Surprises Act, and information on the ground ambulance industry, insurance and payment systems, billing practices, and the impact of balance billing on consumers, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 16, 2022 - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold a public meeting of the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC) on February 15-16, 2023. Agenda items will include updates from Federal Emergency Services Liaisons, updates on the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS), updates on NHTSA initiatives, and subcommittee reports. Pre-registration is required.
Source: Federal Register