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Resources by Topic: Emergency medical services

COVID-19 and Rural EMS
Webinar presented July 7, 2020, describing ways in which the pandemic is affecting rural emergency medical services (EMS). Explores adjustments being made by rural ambulance services, examines innovations related to EMS COVID-19 response, and lists resources available to rural EMS and ways that Flex Programs can support these services.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association - COVID-19 Resources
Provides national, state, and county-level resources to help emergency medical services (EMS) agencies respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information on N95 masks; funding; webinars and trainings; news updates; documents, such as EMS protocols and policies; and more.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association
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U.S. Fire Administration – COVID-19 Resources for Fire and EMS
Includes links for important federal resources, financial and resource support, first responder behavioral health, and COVID-19 related webinars.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Fire Administration
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American College of Emergency Physicians: COVID-19
Information to assist with patient care during the response to COVID-19. Addresses clinical assessment and management, testing, emergency department issues, EMS issues, and more.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American College of Emergency Physicians
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EMS.gov Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources
Resources to help emergency medical services (EMS) personnel appropriately and safely serve communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Addresses EMS workforce protection, patient care, crisis planning, and more.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA Office of EMS
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Out‐of‐Network Air Ambulance Bills: Prevalence, Magnitude, and Policy Solutions
Examines the prevalence and cost of surprise air ambulance bills among privately insured patients. Describes air ambulance rates for commercial payers in relation to Medicare rates. Compares the number of air ambulance claims from urban and rural locations. Offers policy solutions to address surprise and out-of-network bills for these services.
Author(s): Erin C. Fuse Brown, Erin Trish, Bich Ly, Mark Hall, Loren Adler
Citation: Milbank Quarterly
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Michigan Center for Rural Health - COVID-19 Resources
Offers a list of state, federal, and other resources related to COVID-19, including organizations and information focused on helping rural communities navigate their way through the pandemic. Provides executive orders, financial resources and funding opportunities, emergency medical service resources, and other information for Rural Health Clinics, Critical Access Hospitals, and healthcare providers.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Center for Rural Health
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HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds: A Peer to Peer Virtual Community of Practice
Offers Project ECHO webinars on COVID-19 critical care, and emergency department and emergency medical services (EMS) care. Includes a list of links to previously recorded webcasts and other resources focused on COVID-19 related topics.
Additional links: Past Session Materials
Date: 06/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Simulation in Motion – Nebraska (SIM-NE) - COVID-19
Features resources for rural emergency medical services and protocols for minimizing infection and protecting healthcare workers.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: University of Nebraska Medical Center
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The EMS Compact
Information on the agreement enabling emergency medical service (EMS) personnel licensed in Compact member states to cross state borders to practice and work in other Compact states without getting an EMS license in the remote state. Describes ways in which this agreement may enhance communities' responses to COVID-19 when local resources are reduced. Includes a map showing locations of EMS Compact states and contact information for each member state's Compact Commissioner.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice
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