Michael Petrie has accepted an interim appointment as EMS Director for Monterey County EMS Agency, effective April 27th. Previously, Mike has served both as EMS Director for Santa Clara County EMS and EMS Administrator for San Francisco EMS. In Monterey he succeeds Kirk Schmitt, who recently left the Agency to take a position with the Provincial Health Services Authority in Vancouver, British Columbia. EMSAAC wishes both of our colleagues the very best in their new roles.
UPDATE: The California EMS Authority has published proposed draft regulations creating an appeal procedure for local EMS agencies whose EMS Plan is disapproved or denied by the Authority. Under existing statute, the State Commission on EMS may hear an appeal regarding negative action by EMSA on a local EMS Plan. These proposed draft regulations provide procedural steps for these appeals following the California Adminstrative Procedure Act. The current public comment period for the proposed regulations has been extended to June 15th. A link to the draft is shown below.
The California Ambulance Association has announced that Ross Elliott has been selected as the organization's new Executive Director. In this role, he will oversee day-to-day operations of the Association and lead CAA's policy activities. For the past year, Ross served the Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California (EMSAAC) as Executive Director where he worked with local EMS agencies to improve system performance statewide.
"The CAA Board of Directors believes that Elliott's depth of experience and facilitation skills will support our efforts to advocate effectively on behalf of our members as we continue to promote the principle that private ambulance companies are essential healthcare providers," said Richard Angotti, CAA Board Chairman and owner of St. Joseph’s Ambulance Service.
EMSAAC's Board of Directors has confirmed action by the Execuitive Committee to appoint President-Elect Dan Lynch from Central California EMS Agency as Acting President, filling a vacancy left by Michael Petrie who stepped down as EMSAAC's President on February 27th. The Board confirmed the Executive Committee's appointment at their regular quarterly meeting on March 17th in Los Angeles. Dan will complete the previous encumbant's remaining term, and continue to serve as EMSAAC's President for another year of his duly-elected term beginning in July.
Alameda County is preparing to begin a process of re-designing it's EMS system. The first part of that process will be the hiring of a consultant to help with the system re-design process and the development of a new RFP for a provider(s) based on that re-design. Follow the link below for the RFP for a consultant:
The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is conducting an assessment survey of EMS Administrators, providers and others to determine interest in standardized methodology for the licensing and credentialing of EMS personnel from state to state. The survey is available online and must be completed by March 31, 2015. For more details regarding this project, please download the document below:
The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has finally approved a proposal by the Emergency Medical Services Authority which includes several pilot projects designed to explore the effectiveness, safety and sustainability of community paramedicine programs in California. OSHPD has statutory authority to approve such healthcare pilot projects under their Health Workforce Pilot Projects Program. Most of the pilots will begin in early 2015.
For additional information go to: EMS Authority Press Release
The Fall 2014 edition of the Public Law Journal, an official publication of the State Bar of California, includes an article that reviews case law and interpretation of this frequently contentious grandfathering section of the 1980 EMS Act affecting cities and fire districts. The seven-page article concludes: "Despite the intent that it be a temporary and transitional provision, Section 201 has taken on a greater importance within the overall EMS Act scheme than the Legislature contemplated. In recent years, the affected parties have proposed a variety of legislative fixes to Section 201 to provide greater clarity regarding the rights and obligations of grandfathered providers. Until the Legislature acts on any of these or a compromise proposal, the full integration and coordination the EMS Act seeks to promote may not be achieved."
For the full text of the article, go to: Public Law Journal Article
A study just published in the November 2014 edition of Circulation concludes that survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) are improving in locations where this data is reported to a national registry. The study used data from the Cardiac Arrest Registry for Enhanced Survival (CARES) to look at 70,027 patients who experienced OHCA. In 2005-2006 the survival rate was just 5.7%. This rate increased to 7.2% in 2008 and to 8.3% in 2012. A map of jurisdictions reporting their cardiac arrest data to CARES in shown below. It includes several local EMS agencies in California.