EMSAAC bids a fond farewell to two of our colleagues who are moving on. Sam Barnett (Napa County EMS) and Cedric Cesana (Imperial County EMS) have each resigned from their positions as local EMS agency Administrators. Succession plans have not yet been announced by either County, but we wish both Sam and Cedric the very best on their career transition!
On December 4th the EMS Authority hosted the annual California EMS Awards ceremony following the EMS Commission meeting in San Francisco. Among the many deserving awardees were: Ross Elliott (Kern County EMS) who was recognized as EMS Administrator of the Year, Cathy Chidester (LA County EMS) who received a Distinguished Service Award, and Dr. Karl Sporer (Alameda County EMS) who was honored as EMS Medical Director of the Year. EMSAAC congratulates these and all those were formally recognized for their service to our communities at a luncheon held at the Marines' Memorial Club Hotel. For additional details go to: 2013 EMS Awards
San Mateo County is finalizing revisions to its job classification for Emergency Medical Services Administrator. It is expected to announce a new recruitment to fill this vacant position soon. Additional information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
Dr. Stratton Receives Global Praise Featured
(Excerpt from the Orange County Register, November 15, 2013)
Dr. Samuel Stratton, medical director for the Orange County Health Care Agency's Emergency Medical Services division, has been honored with the 2013 Award for Global Leadership in Emergency Public Health from the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Stratton, 65, who lives in Huntington Beach, is appreciative of the award but believes he's undeserving. At the health agency, he is medical director for its Emergency Medical Services division. “There are so many great people it could go to. I was just in the right place at the right time numerous times,” he joked....
Merced County has announced the appointment of Jim Clark to lead the EMS Agency. Jim comes to Merced from San Benito County where he was the EMS Coordinator for five years and more recently the OES Manager. He also had 20+ years with the Salinas City Fire Department and is a licensed paramedic. EMSAAC welcomes him to our Board of Directors and wishes him well in his new position!
Los Angeles County EMS Agency has recently released a new data report. Key EMS system data is summarized in a user-friendly graphical format and can be downloaded here: 2013 LA County EMS Data
California's Welfare and Institutions Code 14105.94, enacted October 2, 2011, authorized the Ground Emergency Medical Transportation Services (GEMT) supplemental reimbursement program. This program provides additional funding to eligible governmental entities that provide GEMT services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved State Plan Amendment SPA 09-024 on September 4, 2013, authorizing the federal share of these supplemental reimbursement payments based on uncompensated costs for Medi-Cal fee-for-service transports, effective January 30, 2010. Retroactive payments for portions of 2010 and 2011 are allowed. The supplemental payment is based on certified public expenditures that have already been incurred by the public provider. The reimbursement amount is 50% of allowable total certified costs.
Follow this link for more information: GEMT Supplemental Reimbursement
On June 25, 2013 Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors approved an EMS System Strategic Plan developed thru a collaborative process led by the EMS Agency. The Santa Clara County EMS System Strategic Assessment and Planning Process evaluated the opportunities and threats facing the EMS System from national, regional and local influences and set goals to optimize the structure, processes, and outcomes of the EMS System. The assessment considered threats and opportunities in the context of the strengths and weakness of the EMS System, and emphasized a 3 to 7 year planning horizon.