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: […]

Covid-19 Vaccine Calls

a The Texas Immunization Registry is holding calls on January 11 and 15 to help entities that are administering Covid-19 vaccines. The calls are limited to 900 participants. Click here to register.  

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 […]

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 […]

Texas Immunization Registry Webinars

a Announcement   The Texas Immunization Registry is excited to announce it is hosting live webinars that cover the steps and processes for entering and reporting disaster related patient and immunization information in the Texas Immunization Registry (ImmTrac2).   Description   The webinars will include the following topics:   1.                   Legal Statutes related to Disasters​  2.                   Brief Introduction to the ImmTrac2 Registry  1.                   Different types of Consents​  2.                   Client Searches​  3.                   Entering a Client​  4.                   Priority Groups  […]

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 […]

Texas Workers’ Comp Study of Covid-Related Claims

a A November 10, 2020, study by the Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) found that the majority of Covid-related claims were filed by first responders: “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 […]