Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

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2017 National Preparedness Report Available

department homeland securityThe 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:

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"No" Urged on AB 1603 for Senate Floor Vote

No voteEMS Administrators' Association of California (EMSAAC) and EMS Medical Directors' Association of California (EMDAC) are jointly urging state legislators to vote "no" on AB 1603 (Ridley-Thomas) when it is brought to the Senate Floor. AB 1603 would authorize collective bargaining for employees of private companies that contract with public agencies WITHOUT the consent of either the affected private employer or the public agency. The bill and its recent amendments will adversely impact the ability for local EMS agencies to contract with experienced emergency medicine physicians to provide medical control oversight of EMS. Many of the 33 local EMS agency medical directors serve in clinical settings included within this bill such as public clinics and hospitals operated for the purpose of medical education. This is especially true of EMS medical directors that work for University of California medical centers and county hospitals.
 
EMSAAC represents the 33 local emergency medical services agency (LEMSA) administrators representing all of California’s 58 counties.The mission of the EMS Medical Directors Association of California, Inc.(EMDAC) is to provide leadership and expert opinion in the medical oversight, direction and coordination of Emergency Medical Services for the people of the State of California.

EMSAAC-EMDAC JOINT LETTER

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ACA Implementation Reported to Increase Ambulance Response Times

ACAChristina 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

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Electronic Controlled Substance Tracking in EMS

Narcotics securityThis 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.

WHITE PAPER

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EMS Authority Accepting Nominations for 2017 EMS Awards

2017EMSAwardes.pngNominations 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 externalaffairs@emsa.ca.gov . 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. 

EMS AWARDS INFO

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EMS FORWARD: 10 Topics That Will Move EMS Forward

Center for Patient SafetyThe Center for Patient Safety has just released "EMS FORWARD: 10 Topics That Will Move EMS Forward in 2017". This publication outlines ten focus areas for providers to consider including:
  1. Patient Safety Culture
  2. Airway Management
  3. Bariatrics
  4. Behavioral Health
  5. Stretchers
  6. Medication Mistakes
  7. Pediatrics
  8. Provider Mental Health
  9. Crashes
  10. Transition of Care.
Download a copy here: EMS FORWARD
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EMSAAC Publishes Position Paper on Grandfathering and Exclusivity

LawOn August 14th, the EMS Administrators' Association of California (EMSAAC) issued a Position Statement on “Grandfathering” and Exclusivity Under Sections 201 And 224 of the EMS Act. The position statement was written with the assistance of Derek Cole, Esq. with Cota Cole LLP, who represented San Joaquin County in their successful litigation with the City of Stockton regarding the rights, responsibilities, and relationships of local EMS agencies and cities. EMSAAC has issued this position statement to clarify language within the EMS Act, to accurately summarize the findings of more than twenty years of case law, and to correct novel interpretations of the EMS Act that some are advancing within California. The California Fire Chiefs' Association (CFCA) has also responded to this position statement with its own rebuttal. These documents can be downloaded below:
 
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EMS Agenda 2050 Is Coming!

EMS Agenda 2050EMS Agenda 2050 is a collaborative and inclusive two-year project to create a bold plan for the next several decades. EMS community members, stakeholder organizations and the public are all encouraged to get involved in writing a new Agenda for the Future that will set forth a vision for the next thirty years of EMS system advancement.
The EMS Agenda 2050 team will host four public meetings throughout the U.S. where attendees will meet and discuss the future of EMS with the project's Technical Expert Panel, a group of 10 individuals with wide-ranging and diverse experiences within EMS systems and healthcare organizations. 
During the meetings, participants will actively engage in conversations and critical thinking exercises to ensure that EMS Agenda 2050 establishes a vision that incorporates a wide range of perspectives. Prior to the first regional meeting, EMS Agenda 2050 will release a "strawman" document as a conversation starter to spark thinking and dialogue about the future of EMS. The regional meeting dates and locations are:
 
September 25, 2017 - Silver Spring, Maryland
November 7, 2017 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
January 17, 2018 - Los Angeles, California
March 1, 2018 - Dallas, Texas
 
For more information on this exciting project, go to: EMS AGENDA 2050
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National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Coming in September!

BikeRideLogoThe 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.

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NAEMT Releases Report on EMS Preparedness for Disasters and Mass Casualty Incidents

NAEMTThe 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.

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