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Resources by Topic: Emergency medical services

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: 12/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Sociodemographic and Geographic Variation in Awareness of Stroke Signs and Symptoms Among Adults — United States, 2017
Reports on knowledge of the five signs and symptoms of stroke and the immediate need to call emergency medical services among adults 20 years and older. Includes data by county urbanicity for rural counties, small and medium metro counties, and large metro counties.
Author(s): Sandra L. Jackson, Brian Legvold, Anjel Vahratian, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(44), 1617-1621
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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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: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association
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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: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Center for Rural Health
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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: 11/2020
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: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American College of Emergency Physicians
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COVID-19 Resources for EMS
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: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA Office of EMS
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Implementation of Flex EMS Supplemental Funding Projects: Year One Activities
Provides an overview of the first-year implementation efforts of the eight Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Supplemental funding grant recipients. Describes each grant project, the impact of COVID-19 and other challenges on project implementation, and factors that facilitated implementation. Includes recommendations for grantees.
Author(s): Karen Pearson, John Gale, Sara Kahn-Troster
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness
Up-to-date and critical resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge. Includes resources for emergency medical services, inpatient and hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care settings. Addresses a wide range of topics including healthcare operations, space, supplies, funding, and more.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Working Group
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Medicare Payment Basics: Ambulance Services Payment System
Provides an overview of Medicare payments for ambulance services. Discusses rural add-on payment policies, geographic categories determining payment rates, super-rural ZIP codes, and ambulance fee schedules. Includes information on payment system changes during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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