July 20, 2018
The applicaiton period is now open through August 15. Click here for more information.
Both 2019 Certification Review Courses are now full but we are accepting sign-ups on a waiting list. Click here for full information.
Today, Feb. 14, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Seema Verma, and Director of CMS’ Innovation Center (CMMI) Adam Boehler announced a new voluntary demonstration project around reimbursement for EMS services that promises to decrease unnecessary emergency department utilization, improve patient outcomes and generate savings to the health care system.
Historically, EMS services have been reimbursed based solely on transporting a critical care patient to the emergency department. Even if a patient is suffering from a treatable condition in the field, such as low blood glucose, EMS agencies are not reimbursed unless the patient is transported to the emergency department. Similarly, even if a non-emergency department facility is able to treat a patient the EMS agency will not be reimbursed for care and transport of that patient to that facility. Such a precedent has greatly increased utilization of emergency departments nationwide for non-life-threatening conditions at a cost both to the health care system and to those patients who are experiencing life-threatening events.
HHS’ new model, known as the “Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport Model,” or ET3, will test reimbursing EMS agencies through Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries for two additional forms of common emergency response: treatment on-site by a qualified health care practitioner without additional transport, and treatment and transport to alternative, non-emergency department locations. To assist with on-site response, HHS will test utilizing telehealth or e-consult services to connect EMS personnel in the field with qualified health care practitioners, such as physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. According to Mr. Boehler, such a model could save 45 minutes per patient in average treatment time, resulting in a savings to Medicare of $1 billion. The model would also lay out a series of quality measures in later years of the demonstration that would potentially offer up to a five percent payment adjustment for achieving these key quality measures. State Medicaid agencies and private insurers would also be invited to participate.
“For years, ambulance suppliers and providers have either had to transport non-emergent patients to an already crowded emergency department or forgo reimbursement for valuable life-saving care given in the field. This model, which promises to include valuable quality measures for care, can potentially transform the way the EMS community provides, and is reimbursed for, care. We look forward to working with HHS, CMS and CMMI as they further develop and deploy this model nationwide for the benefit of all patients,” said NAEMSP President David K. Tan, MD, EMT-T, FAAEM, FAEMS, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
CMS anticipates releasing a Request for Applications this upcoming summer, with implementation to begin in the fall of 2019. Please find a fact sheet for the ET3 model here and additional information on the model here.
Click here for more information on NAEMSP's Government Relations Academy (GRA) on Tuesday, April 9, preceding EMS on the Hill Day, Wednesday, April 10.
Click here to sign up for GRA at Holland & Knight.
Please note that EMS on the Hill requires separate registration.
January 28, 2019
The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) recognizes that EMTs and paramedics are doing critical work for substantially less compensation than other first responders. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent comments reflects he understands this as well. While we do not offer specific guidance on compensation for our members nor the EMS community with whom we serve, NAEMSP® believes the EMTs and paramedics who provide life-saving care on a daily basis should be paid fairly and impartially with respect to fire and law enforcement colleagues. We appreciate that Mayor de Blasio is willing to continue to speak with ours and other organizations about equitable pay for all first responders. These heroes regularly perform in dangerous situations and risk their lives to help others, and when pay scales are based upon the threats faced by providers and value imparted to the community, these public servants’ contributions should be equally recognized.
January 23, 2019
The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) is pleased to welcome new members to their Board of Directors.
December 12, 2018
NAEMSP joins the entire medical community in its commitment to equitably distributing healthcare resources, particularly as it relates to emergency medical conditions. While further research is certainly needed, we encourage everyone to review this study objectively to determine how it should influence your local practice.
See the study.
November 8, 2018
Click here for a Vimeo presentation describing the process and changes in the National Scope of Practice Model.
NHTSA has advised us the 2018 National EMS Scope of Practice Model has been approved and will be posted the week of Nov. 12, but we're pleased to be able to share this now with our members.
November 6, 2018
We are pleased to announce the Class of 2018, Fellows of the Academy of EMS.
Click here for the press release.
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Application process now open through Nov. 15.
2019 Annual Meeting Registration now open.
December 14, 2018
The National Association of Emergency Services Physicians (NAEMSP®) is pleased to announce Dr. Benjamin D. Nicholson, Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center, as the recipient of the NAEMSP/Stryker EMS Medicine Medical Director Fellowship.
December 4, 2018
NAEMSP has several inspiring and informative presentations lined up for its 2019 Annual Meeting, which will take place January 7-12 in Austin, Texas. The conference will reunite its keynote speaker, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, with the first responders who resuscitated him after his cardiac arrest in November 2017.
November 20, 2018
"NAEMSP mourns the victims of the shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, which took the lives of Chicago Police Officer Samual Jiminez, emergency medicine physician Tamara O’Neal and pharmacy resident Dayna Less. Our thoughts are with the victims’ families and the Chicago community. We admire and appreciate the courage and dedication public safety and medical professionals bring to their jobs and communities every day, and we remain committed to helping EMS physicians across the country deploy lifesaving interventions."
November 12, 2018
“Our hearts go out both to those affected by the tragic shooting in Thousand Oaks and to the Californians affected by the unimaginable fires. First responders in the public safety and medical communities regularly risk their lives in response to horrific situations such as these, and we applaud all of their efforts. We remain committed to helping EMS physicians across the country deploy evidence-based lifesaving interventions.”
October 29, 2018
“The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) joins the nation in mourning the lives lost in the recent synagogue shooting, and in our support for the victims’ families and the Pittsburgh community in the wake of this terrible attack. . .
October 10, 2018
NAEMSP has been invited to provide international medical director training at DevelopingEM 2018. EMS medical directors from across the United States will teach the NAEMSP International Medical Directors Overview Course on December 2, 2018. The one-day pre-conference workshop will focus on enhancing physicians’ expertise in real-world EMS issues.
September 19, 2018
The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) is proud to announce the publication of a joint position statement on spinal motion restriction developed in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Published online in Prehospital Emergency Care, “Spinal Motion Restriction in the Trauma Patient – A Joint Position Statement” offers guidelines for using spinal motion restriction in trauma victims.
It is necessary to define quality in emergency medical services (EMS) and create a common foundation and resource for leaders who work to improve the quality of EMS care. This includes EMS medical directors, quality researchers, EMS educators, those drafting quality metrics, electronic healthcare record (EHR) vendors, EMS stakeholder groups, and regulatory and federal entities working in the EMS quality space (e.g., NHTSA OEMS, HRSA, EIIC, AHRQ, NQF).
Click here to read the full paper
A panel comprised of first responders, including Dr. Brent Myers, president of NAEMSP, gathered in Washington D.C. on Thursday, August 30, to discuss a recently released fentanyl safety video. The panel discussed the importance of such evidence-based resources designed to help ensure the overall safety of the first responder community.
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) have previously offered varied guidance on the role of backboards and spinal immobilization in out-of-hospital situations. This updated consensus statement on spinal motion restriction in the trauma patient represents the collective positions of the ACS-COT, ACEP and NAEMSP. Read more.
July 12, 2018
NAEMSP applauds the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) formation of a Drug Shortages Task Force, which was created at the urging of Congress, NAEMSP and other medical groups representing physicians and medical professionals throughout the U.S.
July 9, 2018
Following meetings with Holland & Knight staff on behalf of NAEMSP, as well as other public health groups engaged on drug shortage issues, the sponsors of the Opioid Quota Reform Act (S. 2535) inserted important language into the bill that would give the Attorney General the authority to specifically consider drug shortages when modifying production quotas so as not to adversely affect providers’ access to these important drugs.
July 20, 2018
Click here for the 2019 SOMSA Call for Proposals. NEW THIS YEAR - The Call for Proposals now requests submissions for both Research Abstracts and main Assembly presentations, including Labs. Submission deadline is Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at midnight Pacific time.
Read the Call for Proposals here.
The Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Travel Stipends encourage and support the efforts of EMS chiefs, educators and other non-physician EMS leadership and encourage them to participate in Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS) and AHA activities at Scientific Sessions.
Started October 2015 by the Department of Homeland Security and with the cumulative effort of multiple organizations, the Stop the Bleed campaign seeks to improve public education in hemorrhage control, particularly in terrorism-related mass casualty events.
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January 31, 2019
Studies on a mobile integrated healthcare (MIH) pilot program and on the role of ventilation in resuscitation are the focus of two inaugural $5,000 research grants awarded by the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP®) and the AMR Foundation for Research and Education. The NAEMSP/AMR-FRE EMS Fellows Research Grants have been awarded to Dr. Tiffany Abramson, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Dr. Matthew Neth, University of Cincinnati.