The National Preparedness Report is an annual requirement of The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 and a key element of the National Preparedness System. The report evaluates and measures gains that individuals and communities, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of government have made in preparedness. It also identifies where challenges and opportunities for improvement remain. The 2017 National Preparedness Report focuses primarily on preparedness activities undertaken or reported during calendar year 2016 and summarizes progress in building, sustaining, and delivering the 32 core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal. For a copy of the report, click on the link below:
Christina Mattina with the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) reports on a new study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, indicating that expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) added strain on emergency medical services, resulting in slower ambulance response times. Mattina states that “Using data from the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System from 2010 to 2015, researchers found that full implementation of the ACA (with Medicaid expansion) was associated with a 1 minute, 53 second increase in ambulance response times, which is nearly 19% higher relative to the mean. For each percentage-point increase in insurance coverage in a given county, ambulance response times were slowed by 22.8 seconds.”
The report and a copy of the study are available here: AJMC ARTICLE
This whitepaper sponsored by Operative IQ describes the importance of instituting a system-wide strategy for tracking the usage and disposal of controlled substances, and how modern technology is making the process more efficient and accurate.
Nominations are now being accepted for praiseworthy acts or accomplishments that occurred between September 15, 2016 and September 15, 2017. The deadline for nominations is September 15th. Submit nominations to: www.emsa.ca.gov/awards_nominations.
For questions, contact Adam Willoughby at (916) 431-3715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . This year’s ceremony will be held December 6, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco.
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The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, Inc. honors EMS personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events to celebrate and remember those who serve every day, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty. The West Coast portion of the ride begins September 25th in Reno and concludes on September 30th in San Francisco.
Want to ride yourself? Click here for details.
Want to meet the riders? Come to a ceremony at the California EMS Authority in Rancho Cordova on September 28th from 7:30 - 8:15 am.
The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) recently released a report, National Survey on EMS Preparedness for Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Response, based on the results of a 2016 national survey of EMS practitioners and managers. The findings offer insight into the level of proficiency and training of EMS practitioners who provide the medical response expected by communities during disasters and mass casualty incidents.