CMS Issues Retroactive Treatment in Place Waiver

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a waiver retroactive to March 1, 2020, for EMS agencies to provide treatment-in-place care due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.

TEMSA Supports Body Camera Legislation

The Texas EMS Alliance (TEMSA) will offer testimony in support of Senator Brandon Creighton’s SB 1386, which would direct EMS agencies that utilize body cameras to develop internal policies for the governance of the body cameras. Click here to view TEMSA’s support letter:

TEMSA Supports SB 22 to Support EMS Professionals

TEMSA will submit support for SB 22 by Sen. Drew Springer. The bill would create Workers’ Comp protections for EMS professionals who have been affected by Covid-19 while working on the job. Click here to learn more.

Texas Lawmaker Files ET3 Legislation for Texas

Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), the chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, filed SB 2028, which would direct Texas Medicaid to create an alternate destination transport and treatment in place program. The bill models Medicare’s ET3 (Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport) model, which pays EMS agencies for treatment in place and alternate […]

EMS Financing Issues in 2021

a TEMSA recently sat down with Butch Oberhoff of Acadian Ambulance and Matt Zavadsky of MedStar Mobile Healthcare to discuss the finance issues that Texas EMS agencies will face in both Austin and Washington in 2021. TEMSA:  In terms of Medicare, how are Texas EMS agencies moving forward on the Medicare’s ET3 model? Butch Oberhoff: […]

Congress’ End-of-Year Legislation

a Congress is expected to pass an end-of-year bill on December 21, 2020, that will ban surprising billing in certain circumstances. Click here for the bill text. Air medical billing can be found on page 4,303 of the PDF (page 1,837 of the text). Ground ambulance can be found on page 4,459 of the PDF (page […]

CMS Delays Ambulance Data Collection Program

a Per Matt Zavadsky of MedStar Mobile Healthcare: CMS is delaying the data collection and reporting period for ground ambulance organizations selected to participate in year 1 for two years and for one year for ground ambulance organizations selected to participate in year 2. With this modification, the data collection period for year 1 and […]

TEMSA’s Cost Containment Recommendations

The Texas EMS Alliance submitted recommendations related to EMS costs for the Texas House Select Committee on Health Costs’ request for ideas. Click here to view TEMSA’s recommendations: Texas EMS Alliance – Statewide Health Care Costs

A Look at SB 2551 and Cancer Presumption for First Responders

By the Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC) One of the most significant bills passed in the 86th Legislature affecting first responders was SB 2551. Due to the nature of employment, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) could be exposed to conditions that may cause cancer. For this reason, certain cancers are presumed to have […]