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NAEMT Pulse

The NAEMT Pulse is a monthly publication of NAEMT, distributed to all NAEMT members to provide the latest information about the association and the EMS profession, and provide resources to support our members carrying out their life-saving work.  To view the newsletter in another language, select the language from the translation button in the upper right of the screen.
Share Your Story at EMS On The Hill Day, New Leadership Webinar Series, New Member Benefits, and more...
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EMS On The Hill Day

You are the trusted voice of EMS. Share your story with Congress at EMS On The Hill Day.

 

Join us in Washington, DC for EMS On The Hill Day, April 17-18, to share your EMS story with members of Congress. Regardless of whether you are new to grassroots advocacy and Hill Day, or a seasoned veteran, only your voice advances the profession and your presence influences members of Congress. Congress wants to hear from you on:

 

  • EMS funding
  • Appropriate services and destinations for patient care
  • Rural health and ambulance deserts
  • EMS-specific grants



Registration Fee & Schedule

The registration fee is $20 ($40 for physicians) and NAEMT schedules all congressional visits.

 

Wednesday, April 17

3–7pm – EMS On The Hill Day Check-in 

5:30–8pm – Pre-Hill Briefing and Networking Reception

 

Thursday, April 18

9am–5pm – EMS On The Hill Day Congressional Visits

5:30–7:30pm – Post-Hill Day Reception

 

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Leadership Webinar Series:

Organizational Culture and Employee Engagement – How to Find and Keep EMS Clinicians

EMS practitioners

EMS agencies are facing critical shortages of personnel. The solutions for recruiting and retaining more of the right people seem unreachable when reimbursement or tax support for EMS agencies is decreasing, expenses are increasing, and many organizations are asking more and more from their personnel. As the struggle for talent heats up, what role does work culture and employee engagement play? Can building an amazing culture, that people want to engage in, provide a possible solution to attracting and retaining personnel? Join Aarron Reinert from SafeTech Solutions on February 27 to learn more about the ways you can influence EMS organizational culture. Sponsored by Safetech Solutions.

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Tuesday, Feb. 27 / 11am CT / 1 hour of free CE credit

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Latest NAEMT Radio Episodes Focus on GEMT Reimbursement, TIP and TAD

Episode 25 of NAEMT Radio focuses on urgent issues surrounding the Ground Emergency Medical Transportation (GEMT) reimbursement. GEMT provides reimbursements from Medicaid for EMS agencies that serve a significantly disproportionate number of low-income patients. NAEMT’s Matt Zavadsky, South Central Board member, and Bruce Evans, Immediate Past President, discuss NAEMT’s comments to CMS on the withholding approval of State Plan Amendments citing potential inclusion of federally unallowable costs that are not related to ambulance service delivery.

 

Episode 24 explores Treatment in Place (TIP) and Transport to Alternate Destinations (TAD). Matt Zavadsky (MedStar), Steven Kroll, (Delmar-Bethlehem EMS/NY), and Regina Crawford, EMS Management & Consultants and member of the Senate Advisory Committee for Ground Ambulance & Patient Billing discuss TIP and TAD legislative initiatives. Also, U.S. Senate Bill S.3236, Emergency Medical Services Reimbursement for On-Scene Care and Support Act (EMS ROCS) which proposes to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare coverage of ambulance services that do not include transportation.

 

NAEMT Radio is hosted by NAEMT Member and Lighthouse Leadership Program Mentor – Rob Lawrence.

 

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Next Up:

 

Recruiting the Next Generation: High School EMS Programs

 

Rising US Maternal Morbidity/Mortality Rates

 

Addressing Community Population Health Needs Through MIH-CP Programs

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SAMHSA 2024 Rural EMS Training Grants Deadline is March 20

Webinar Presentation

 

Notice of Funding Opportunity

On Jan. 24, a top expert from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which administers the grants, shared tips on submitting a winning proposal to prepare EMS agencies to apply for Rural EMS Training Grants, such as a SIREN grant. For updates, visit the SAMHSA website

 

Fast Facts:

 

  • Application deadline: March 20.
  • Maximum grant amount? Up to $400,000, over 2 years.
  • What can the grants cover? Recruiting personnel, training and education, purchasing equipment and supplies such as naloxone, simulation mannequins, cardiac monitors, and stretchers.  
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NAEMT Seeks Executive Director to Lead Association Operations and Initiatives

 

NAEMT is partnering with a national search firm – Moran Company – to recruit NAEMT’s new Executive Director. A complete description of this remote position is available on the NAEMT website. Feel free to share the position description. Qualified candidates are encouraged to Apply.

ADVOCACY
Federal funds

NAEMT Launches Federal Funding Resources Page on Website

To assist members on locating and applying for federal grant funding, NAEMT has published a list of funding opportunities with easy access to the federal agency offering the grant opportunity. View the open notice of funding opportunities and consider applying. View Resources

NAEMT Provides Comment on GEMT Payment Program

On Jan. 25, NAEMT provided comment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding CMS approval of Ground Emergency Medical Transportation (GEMT) supplemental payment programs for new states. Specifically, that CMS is currently withholding approval of recently submitted State Plan Amendments (SPAs) citing the potential inclusion of federally unallowable costs that are non-ambulance service delivery related.

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EMS in Critical Condition

Encourage Your U.S. House Representative to Join the Bipartisan Congressional EMS Caucus

The EMS Caucus provides a platform to promote, educate, and increase awareness around federal policy issues impacting EMS and serves as a resource for policy questions on all prehospital and out-of-hospital healthcare issues. Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Richard Hudson (R-NC) chair. If your representative is not yet amemberof the caucus, please ask him or her to join to support EMS and patient care in your state.

EDUCATION

NAEMT Rolls Out 2nd Edition EMS Vehicle Operator Safety (EVOS) Course

 

The 2nd edition of EVOS instructor materials and course manual have published in English in both print and digital versions. This course addresses specific changeable behaviors to create a culture of safe driving and includes all-new or revised lessons and new course activities. EVOS 2nd edition reflects the latest evidence on ground ambulance crashes, vehicle operations, transport safety knowledge, distracted drivers, and use of lights and siren. Learn more or review the NAEMT websitefor a quick process to become an EVOS instructor today! 

The World Trauma Symposium is Coming on September 10

Make plans now to join us in Las Vegas, Nevada, or via live stream, on Tuesday, September 10, for the World Trauma Symposium.

prehospital trauma life support

This year’s theme is Trauma Innovations—Transforming Prehospital Care and will focus on the latest research, field care techniques, and case studies. The program will include presentations on:

 

  • Top Prehospital Trauma Research 
  • Managing MCIs
  • Prehospital Ultrasound for Trauma – Pros and Cons
  • Maternal Trauma
  • Latest Evidence-Based Prehospital Care for TBIs

 

The Symposium provides prehospital trauma education you cannot get anywhere else. Learn more.

“World Trauma Symposium is the most under-valued prehospital care learning experience. Every system should be attending and learning. – Kevin Collopy, MHL, FP-C, NRP, CMTE.

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EMS Safety Officer
MHRO

Be Prepared to Help Your Colleagues with ESO & MHRO 

 

Two of NAEMT’s latest course releases prepare EMS personnel to serve as their agency’s EMS Safety Officer (ESO) or Mental Health Resilience Officer (MHRO). Both courses are available in an online interactive format, and MHRO is also offered as a classroom course.

 

An ESO can assess safety in facilities, vehicles, and emergency scenes, while using best practices for preventing infections and maximizing patient and personal safety.

Take ESO online | Learn more

 

The MHRO course teaches practitioners how to engage with peers to understand mental health issues and resilience, identify peers who are experiencing mental health crises, navigate peers in need to the right services for help, and support the development of a culture of mental health resilience and emotional wellness within the agency.

Take MHRO online | Locate a course | Learn more

 

Both courses provide participants with a certificate of completion, CAPCE-approved CE, and valuable resources. 

PROFESSIONAL

EMS News

 

  • EMS Driver Error Caused 92.6% of All Fatal 2012-2018 Ambulance Crashes, says NHTSA Report. Read more
  • Congratulations to Saint Clare's Health Emergency Medical Services for appointing its first Mental Health Resilience Officer (MHRO), and to Corinne Flammer for successfully completing NAEMT's MHRO course. Read more
  • Is America Ready for Electric Ambulances. Read more
  • HHS/ASPR Project ECHO Clinical Readiness Rounds create peer-to-peer learning networks where clinicians who have more experience treating patients in emergency situations share their challenges and successes with clinicians across the U.S. and around the world with a wide variety of experience of these situations. Read more

National EMS Awards of Excellence Nominations Open on March 1

Recognize our profession’s “Best” – the deserving EMS professionals who demonstrate the very best in EMS and serve as role models for their colleagues. Recipients receive $1,000 in cash and $1,200 for travel and lodging plus three core program registrations at this year’s EMS World Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. EMS agency award recipients also receive honors, and all award recipients receive the national recognition that goes with being named an outstanding individual or agency. The nomination period will be open from Mar. 1 through May 22. View award criteria.

National EMS Awards of Excellence

Award categories include:

  • Paramedic
  • Community Paramedic – New!
  • EMT
  • Military medic
  • EMS educator
  • EMS medical director
  • Pediatric EMS care
  • Safety in EMS
  • Career EMS Service
  • Volunteer EMS Service
  • EMS Caring
  • Wellness & Resilience
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National EMS Week is May 19-24 

 

We see every day the remarkable dedication, sacrifices, and resilience of EMS practitioners to care for their patients and communities. To honor all in the EMS profession, we hope all EMS agencies will begin to plan to celebrate the EMS workforce during National EMS Week. Here is informationto use as inspiration.

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First Responder Wellness Week

First Responder Wellness Week Online Campaign Begins on March 25.

Hosted by Lexipol, this year’s theme is Stronger Every Day, and there will be free online resources to help public safety personnel thrive and gain inspiration to set and maintain physical and mental wellness goals. To learn more about each day’s activities and get the latest updates, visit the First Responder Wellness Weekwebsite

Participate in Best-in-Class Training from the FDNY Fire Academy

 

The Fire Department of New York, in partnership with the FDNY Foundation, invites all first responders, military and healthcare professionals to the 11th annual Search & Rescue Field Medicine Symposium, May 2-5.

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MEMBERSHIP

Spreading the word about new member benefits are now available! Login to the Member Portal for details on the new benefits listed below and more!

 

  • General Electric - discounts of up to 25% off MSRP on select GE appliances.
  • Dental programs - providing attractive group rates and plan features including in- and out-of-network options. 100% coverage for preventative and diagnostic services.
  • Vision Care - packages with discounted rates and multiple plan options available.
  • Property and Casualty Insurance - Multi-carrier quotes and/or special group pricing from top-rated insurance carriers on Auto, Home, Renters, Pet, Travel and Home Warranty insurance.
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NAEMT provides a host of benefits and specials to use as much as you’d like all year long. At this time of year, there are also seasonal savings being offered. Log in to Access Your Benefits and take advantage of these member benefits and more!

 

  • Hotel Engine – Save up to 60% on public hotel rates.
  • Amazon Business Prime – Save on business supplies in bulk through the Private Brands Storefront.
  • UPS– Save up to 50% every time you ship. The UPS Store® also provides members with quick, affordable, and effortless digital printing solutions with easy online ordering.
  • Yoga for First Responders– Save 25% on subscriptions to Cyber Academy, an on-demand class platform.

A Very Warm Welcome to Our New Agency Member!

 

We are pleased to welcome America First Response of Billings, Montana to the NAEMT family. We look forward to representing and serving you.

Sign up to become an NAEMT agency member and your agency will receive access to a complimentary NAEMT Mental Health Resilience Officer (MHRO) online course.

 

Learn moreabout NAEMT Agency Membership.

EMS education scholarship

Scholarship Applications to Start an EMS Career Accepted March 1–April 30

 

Do you know someone interested in entering the EMS profession? Encourage them to apply for a scholarship to help them get started.

 

NAEMT Foundation Scholarship – Up To $1,000 Awarded. Applications will be accepted March 1–April 30 for scholarships to become certified as an Emergency Medical Responder or EMT. Scholarships will be awarded in June. The NAEMT Foundation works to strengthen and build a better future for EMS through funding EMS education and research. 

 

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Visit NAEMT at Upcoming Conferences

  • FDIC, Lucas Oil Stadium Booth #9138, April 18-20, Indianapolis, IN 
  • SOMSA, Booth #331, May 14-16, 2024, Raleigh, NC
  • CoAEMSP AccreditCon, Booth #16, May 31-June 1, 2024, Oklahoma City, OK
  • National Conference of State Legislators Legislative Summit, Booth #740, August 5-7, Louisville, KY
  • NAEMSE Annual Educational Symposium, August 11-17, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Arkansas EMT Association Conference, August 2024, Hot Springs, AR
  • EMS World Expo, Booth #2629, September 9-13, Las Vegas, NV
  • Mississippians for EMS (MEMS), October 14-16, Biloxi, MS
  • Texas EMS Conference, November 24-27, Austin, TX
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