On January 9th Governor Brown announced the reappointment of Dan Burch to the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services, where he has served since 2013. Mr. Burch has been EMS Administrator at the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency since 2005. He was a coordinator at the Tuolumne County Emergency Medical Services Agency from 1997 to 2005 and a quality improvement coordinator at the Alpine, Mother Lode, San Joaquin Emergency Medical Services Agency from 1991 to 1997. Mr. Burch served as a hospital corpsman 3rd class in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1986. He is a member of the Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California and the American Legion Post 108. EMSAAC congratulates our colleague on his reappointment to this important role.
EMSAAC's Legislative Committee will begin weekly closed session conference calls on Thursday, January 19th to discuss bills of interest introduced in the new legislative session. The Committee includes representation from our legislative lobbyist as well as the EMS Medical Directors Association of California (EMDAC). To participate, contact Committee Chair Dan Burch at: email@example.com
On Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Dan Burch was recognized by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) with their Circle of Service Award. Mr. Burch, EMS Administrator for San Joaquin County EMS Agency and current Chair of EMSAAC's Legislative Committee, was recognized for his work and dedication representing the interests of counties in various EMS stakeholder processes and legislative issues. EMSAAC is very proud of our colleague and congratulates Dan on this recognition!
On November 9th, Contra Costa County EMS hosted its First Annual EMS Survivors' Reunion Program. For more information on this celebration and its honorees, click on the link below:
On Thursday, September 22nd, Alameda County EMS Agency released their Request For Proposal for "Emergency Ambulance Service, 9-1-1 Response, ALS Transport, and Standby Service with Transportation Authorization". Letters of Intent from prospective bidders are due October 6, 2016. Alameda is one of several Bay Area counties to redesign their EMS System and conduct a new competitive bidding process in recent years. Both Contra Costa and Santa Clara have also adjusted their systems in response to the changing fiscal landscape in EMS.
Alameda's RFP can be found at: ALAMEDA COUNTY REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
On August 29, 2016 AmeriCare Ambulance filed suit against the City of Huntington Beach (CA) for restricting ambulance services within the city's boundaries. AmeriCare's complaint was filed in U.S. District Court, and the company has demanded a jury trial. The City of Huntington Beach claims it has legal authority to provide exclusive 911 ambulance services under a "grandfathering" provision in California's Health & Safety Code, Division 2.5, Section 1797.201. In 2010, EMSAAC published a position paper on this controversial statutory language.
In this special report, from Fitch & Associates in cooperation with EMS1 and the National EMS Management Association, see how your agency compares to others around the country. The issue also features analysis and reaction from EMS experts about the importance of performance measurement and paramedic degree requirements, as well as roundtable discussion about the most interesting findings of the EMS Trend Report, how those findings might be best applied and what we might expect to see in future years.
On August 9th EMS Administrators and staff met in Rancho Cordova for a one-day workshop on EMT discipline and local EMS agency oversight for EMS aircraft. The goal of the workshop was to discuss standardizing procedures and policies used by local EMS agencies for these two areas. The focus for the EMT discipline discussion was how to handle the most common scenario that can result in taking action on a certification: an EMT with a first time drug/alcohol related arrest/conviction. LEMSA Administrators agreed to uniformly follow guidelines for Model Disciplinary Orders published by the California EMS Authority. For EMS aircraft it was also agreed to: 1) accept electronic patient care data from air ambulance providers in the most current version of NEMSIS, and 2) encourage air ambulance providers to develop a standardized set of treatment protocols for both flight medics and flight nurses to be used statewide.