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AmeriCare Ambulance Challenges Exclusivity Claim by Huntington Beach

AmericareOn 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.

2016 EMS Trend Report

EMS Trend ReportIn 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.

EMS TREND REPORT

EMSAAC Conducts Successful Workshop

WorkshopOn 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.

CAA Files Complaint with Alameda County Board of Supervisors

CAAThe California Ambulance Association has filed a complaint with Alameda's Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed formation of a business partnership between Alameda County Fire Department and a private ambulance company. CAA's concern is that the partnership or "alliance" would position ACFD to participate in an upcoming competitive bidding process for an exclusive ambulance operating zone to be conducted by the EMS Agency, and would prohibit the private partner from submitting its own proposal for the exclusive service separately.  Since the Supervisors also sit as the Board of Directors for the dependent fire district formed in 1993, CAA contends there is an inherent conflict of interest in this matter for the elected officials. CAA further believes this action will effectively preempt the upcoming RFP process. The CAA also protested a similar parallel process that occurred in Contra Costa County in 2015.
 

Mental Health Crisis in Emergency Medical Services?

You are human
 Amidst growing concern about the mental health of emergency medical service (EMS) professionals, a Fitch & Associates’ Ambulance Service Manager Program project team surveyed more than 4,000 EMS and fire professionals in 2015 about critical stress, suicide, and available support and resources. The results were stark. Among survey respondents, 37 percent reported contemplating suicide—nearly 10 times the overall rate among American adults. Additionally, 6.6 percent of survey respondents had attempted suicide, compared to just 0.5 percent of adults nationally.
Mental health issues are not limited to the EMS workforce. According to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, at least 759 firefighters have committed suicide since 2012. In law enforcement, estimates suggest between 125 and 300 police officers commit suicide every year. These numbers should be a wake-up call, not only for every emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, firefighter, police officer, and emergency telecommunicator (sometimes called dispatchers or call-takers), but also for agency leaders and county and city officials who work with them. [excerpt from PM Magazine, May 2016]
 

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