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.

AIMHI Flash Poll: EMS Agencies Are Providing COVID Vaccines and mAb Infusions

a The Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI) conducted a flash poll of approximately 100 EMS agencies from around the nation in late January, and the majority of the respondents indicated that they are administering COVID vaccines and mAb infusions in their communities. Click here to view the results: AIMHI Flash Poll 1-29-21 Matt […]

Covid-19 Vaccination Survey for EMS

a Texas DSHS is planning for statewide Covid-19 vaccination centers and asking EMS agencies to fill out a brief survey. Click here to access the survey.

Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding

a From Asbel Montes: Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the distribution of Phase 3 funds. For those ambulance agencies which applied for Phase 3 funding, you should have received notification of this funding or will shortly. Please see the announcement from the American Ambulance Association, as well as the press release […]

EMS Transports for Covid-19 Testing

a The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee December 7, 2020, hearing on Covid-19 heard testimony from the Houston Fire Department that some patients called an ambulance to seek a transport for Covid-19 testing. MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth indicated that they will send a unit. However, if the patient demonstrating Covid-19 symptoms […]

STRAC Survey – Potential Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

a EMS agencies in the STRAC region are encouraged to fill out the survey related to potential Covid-19 vaccine distribution. The following message is from Bexar County. Dear Prospective Participant, We write to you today on behalf of the community of Bexar County, asking for your help in completing a survey that will give our […]

Covid-related Workers’ Comp Claims Affect First Responders

The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’s Compensation (TDI-DWC) released data related to Texas Workers’ Comp claims and Covid-19. The November 10, 2020, report found: As of September 27, 2020, insurance carriers reported more than 25,000 COVID-19 claims and 100 fatalities to DWC. Most of these claims and fatalities involve first responders and […]

HHS’s Third Round of Covid-19 Funding

a The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the third part of its Covid-19 funding earlier this week. Click here to learn more from Asbel Montes. Click here to reach the HHS portal.

MedStar Covid-19 Non-Transport Protocol Results

  Per Matt Zavadsky of MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth: Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, under a protocol established by the Office of the Medical Director, MedStar personnel have been using on-scene procedures designed to not transport patients to an Emergency Department (ED) who are assessed with low-acuity medical complaints identified as potentially COVID-19 related. Patients […]