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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sixteen Texas EMS Agencies Selected for Medicare’s ET3 Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on February 27, 2020, that 16 Texas EMS agencies were selected to participate in CMS’s new Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) program. CMS announced the model on February 14, 2019. According to CMS: “Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) is a voluntary, five-year payment model […]

Mobile Healthcare Practitioner Course: April 30 – May 11

The next Mobile Healthcare Practitioner course will be held April 30 – May 11, 2018.  This course is the core didactic and clinical components for an urban model Mobile Integrated Healthcare program. Clinical rotations can be done following classroom content and will be coordinated specifically with each agency. Click here for more details: MedStar Mobile Healthcare Practitioner […]

Texas EMS Agencies Visit Washington for Stars of Life

Texas EMS agencies visited Washington this week as part of the American Ambulance Association’s Stars of Life annual event. Members of the Texas Congressional Delegation recognized several EMS professionals.  Ramona Hanks and Erin Lally are pictured with U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas). Click here to learn more about the event. Next week, representatives from Texas […]