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 […]

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 […]

Governor Abbott Extends EMS Staffing Waivers Until February 27, 2022

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that the staffing waiver – TAC 157.11 (h) (1 through 6) – will not be lifted on September 1. Instead, it has been extended until February 27, 2022. The remaining waivers will be lifted on September 1, 2021 as announced.  TEMSA appreciates Governor Abbott’s willingness to extend the staffing waiver. Click here to […]

Governor Announces End of Covid-19 Waivers for EMS

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the April 20, 2020, Covid-19 waiver for Texas EMS agencies will be lifted on September 1, 2021. Click here at the bottom to view the announcement. TEMSA members will receive additional details in their inbox and at EMS EVOLUTION 2021. Stay tuned for the additional details.

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 […]