Advancing the EMS profession

COVID-19 Federal Guidelines and Resources

Below are resources to help EMS practitioners protect themselves and their patients against the Coronavirus. For additional questions and resources, contact us at COVID-19resourceassist@naemt.org.

Federal Guidelines and Resources:

Category

Title

Description

Resource

CDC Coronavirus Website

The latest Coronavirus updates, guidelines and resources.

Resource CDC Update for Rural Partners and Communities on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response

Guidance for partners, public health practitioners, healthcare providers, and others working to protect the health of rural communities.

Resource  The COVID-19 Healthcare Workforce Toolkit

Toolkit to help state and local healthcare decision makers maximize workforce flexibilities when confronting 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in their communities. 

Resource

NHTSA Office of EMS COVID-19 Resources for EMS 

NHTSA’s Office of EMS webpage with COVID-19 resources 

Resource 

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Critical Updates on COVID-19 Webpage 

AAP COVID-19 Resources Webpage 
Policy & Regulations Ambulances: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

Final Interim Rule
Press Release Announcement
Waiver Background Information

More information on Waivers

Temporary regulatory waiver to expand list of allowable destinations for ambulance transports.

 

Guidance

CDC Interim Guidance for EMS

Guidance for first responders who anticipate working in close contact with persons who are confirmed with COVID-19 or present symptoms.

Guidance 

CMS Recommendations for Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare – Phase 1 

Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19

Guidance

Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Assistance with assessment of risk, monitoring, and work restriction decisions for healthcare providers with potential exposure to COVID-19.

Guidance
Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (Interim Guidance),

New CDC guidance for healthcare personnel with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 on returning to work.

 
Guidance

COVID-19 and HIPAA: Disclosures to law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders and public health authorities

Guidance for law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders, and public health authorities on HIPAA Privacy Rule of an individual who has been infected with, or exposed to, COVID-19.

Guidance

Evaluating and Testing Persons for COVID-19

Guidance on how to evaluate and test persons for COVID-19.

Guidance

CDC Guidance for Use of Certain Industrial Respirators by Health Care Personnel

Clarification of the application of face masks and expanding the types that healthcare workers may use in situations involving COVID-19 and other respiratory infections.

Guidance

What EMS and 911 Need to Know About COVID-19

Feb 24 webinar hosted by NHTSA Office of EMS on federal actions to support EMS, including the latest guidance for first responders who may take 911 calls or treat patients with potential COVID-19 infections, what PPE is required for responding to these patients and recommendations for transporting and treating people possibly infected with COVID-19.

Guidance Public Service Answering Points (PSAPs)/Emergency Communications Centers (ECCs) Call Screening

Guidance to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies on practices to improve call screening and EMS care, while decreasing unnecessary COVID-19 transports to hospitals.

Patient Care 

Interim Guidance for Basic and Advanced Life Support in Children and Neonates With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 

American Heart Association (AHA) general principles for resuscitation in suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients 
Patient Care  EMS Managing Patient and Family Distress  

Steps that EMS clinicians and their medical directors can take to help patients and their families manage their distress more effectively.

PPE Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs)

CDC guidance on disposable filtering facepiece respirators decontamination and reuse as standard of care.

PPE 

Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

Guidance on how to identify a NIOSH-approved respirator vs counterfeit respirators 
PPE  FBI Warns of Advance Fee and BEC Schemes Related to Procurement of PPE 

Description: FBI warning to government and health care industry buyers of rapidly emerging fraud trends related to procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment such as ventilators, and other supplies or equipment in short supply during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

PPE
 
Process for submitting requests for PPE.
 

PPE

Increased access to respirators, including N95s, for health care personnel

Action to allow certain NIOSH approved respirators not currently regulated by the FDA to be used in a healthcare setting by health care personnel during the COVID-19 outbreak.

PPE

Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators

A series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators (commonly called “N95 respirators”) in healthcare settings when there is limited supply.

PPE
Proper N95 Respirator Use for Respiratory Protection Preparedness

Placement in list: After Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators

 

Data and Statistics

New ICD-10-CM Code for COVID-19

CDC webpage for the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM)

Benefits & Coverage

EMTALA Requirements and Implications Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Addresses implications of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) for COVID-19 patients.

Benefits & Coverage

FAQs on Essential Health Benefit Coverage and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Addressing frequently asked questions on health benefit coverage for COVID-19

Benefits & Coverage

Medicare Part B-covered test for coronavirus

Information on Medicare Part-B coverage for Coronavirus testing

Planning

Duty to Plan: Health Care, Crisis Standards of Care, and Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

A summary of key areas in which Crisis Standards of Care principles should be applied to COVID-19 planning.

Planning

EMS Infectious Disease Playbook

A planning resource for EMS agencies developing their infectious disease policies.

Planning

COVID-19 Healthcare Planning Checklist

Identifies specific activities a jurisdiction can do now to prepare for, respond to, and be resilient in the face of COVID-19.

Mental Health and Wellness  Strategies to Mitigate EMS Clinician Absenteeism  General concepts to prepare and take action on help your EMS/911 agency protect your workers’ psychological health and wellbeing.