Payer Relationships in Texas: An Interview With Matt Zavadsky

TEMSA recently sat down with Matt Zavadsky, the Chief Transformation Officer at MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, to look at the agency’s latest thoughts on payer relationships. TEMSA: MedStar has gone in network with five payers (two commercial plan and three managed Medicare/Medicaid plans). What was the impetus behind these payers going in network with […]

EMS Staffing Waiver Extended

The Office of the Governor is in receipt of the Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) request to extend the temporary suspension of 25 TAC 157.11(h)(1)-(6) and Sections 773.050(a) of the Texas Health & Safety Code beyond the current termination effective date of 12:01am on February 28, 2022. DSHS asserts that strict compliance with these laws could prevent, […]

The First Responder Bowl: Honoring First Responders

The First Responder Bowl is providing complimentary tickets to all EMS professionals and first responders for the December 28, 2021, post-season bowl game that will be held at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium. EMS professionals can claim free tickets by clicking here.

CMS’s Upcoming Ambulance Data Collection Webinars

Per CMS: Dear Ground Ambulance Providers and Suppliers, Please attend these upcoming Zoom webinars: October 28: Reporting revenue November 4: Hospitals and other providers – We encourage other organizations to attend future webinars November 16: Q&A session Starting January 1, 2023, selected ground ambulance organizations are required to report cost, utilization, revenue, and other information […]

Novitas’ November 16 Webinar on Prior Authorization for Medicare

Novitas will hold another webinar on Medicare’s new prior authorization program for Texas on Tuesday, November 16. Participants must register in advance. The following is from Novitas: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released plans for the nationwide expansion of the prior authorization program for repetitive scheduled non-emergent ambulance transports (RSNAT).  JH ambulance suppliers […]

Senate Finance Committee Adds EMS Funding to ARPA

The Texas Senate Committee on Finance’s committee substitute for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) included a funding pool of $400 million for home health, nursing homes, home care attendants and EMS. The committee approved Committee Substitute Senate Bill (CSSB) 8, which will go to the full Senate for a vote. Click here to view […]

Novitas Training for Prior Authorization

Per Novitas: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released plans for the nationwide expansion of the prior authorization program for repetitive scheduled non-emergent ambulance transports (RSNAT).  JH ambulance suppliers garaged in the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas are now included in this initiative. Additional states will follow the schedule announced August 26, […]

TEMSA’s 9.17.21 Member Newsletter

TEMSA’s members received the following information in today’s e-mail newsletter: A look at the reporting requirements under SB 809 if you received federal funds during the pandemic. TEMSA’s ARPA request for the Texas Legislature’s third special session. The latest round of federal Provider Relief Funding. A look at the proposed rule related to data collection […]

TEMSA Announces ARPA Funding Priorities for Texas

The Texas EMS Alliance (TEMSA) announced American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding priorities for the state of Texas to address the workforce shortage crisis that Texas EMS agencies are facing. EMS professionals are leaving the field at a higher rate than ever due to burnout, the risk of Covid-19 exposure and new career opportunities outside […]

EMS Tragedy in Frio County, Texas

STRAC shared the following news regarding Camino Ambulance and Eagle Pass Fire Department (yesterday, September 15): This afternoon a little after 1400 hours, Camino Real Ambulance had a crew returning from a transfer when they had a devastating accident in Frio County. The accident involved their ambulance and an 18-wheeler in what was described as […]