TEMSA’s Cost Containment Recommendations

The Texas EMS Alliance submitted recommendations related to EMS costs for the Texas House Select Committee on Health Costs’ request for ideas. Click here to view TEMSA’s recommendations: Texas EMS Alliance – Statewide Health Care Costs

A Look at SB 2551 and Cancer Presumption for First Responders

By the Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC) One of the most significant bills passed in the 86th Legislature affecting first responders was SB 2551. Due to the nature of employment, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) could be exposed to conditions that may cause cancer. For this reason, certain cancers are presumed to have […]

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 […]

Texas EMS Agencies Host Lawmakers and Aides

Texas EMS agencies dedicated the month of January to hosting state lawmakers and their aides to discuss the important care that Texas EMS agencies are delivering to Texas communities. TEMSA’s president, Jeff Mincy, and Coryell Health EMS hosted their state senator, Dawn Buckingham, MD. Austin-Travis County EMS held a site visit for legislative aides from […]

Texas Workers’ Comp Proposes Rule for SB 2551

The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Comp (TDI-DWC) proposed a rule for SB 2551, which was passed by the 2019 Texas Legislature to address Workers’ Comp claims related to cancer for first responders. Click here to learn more about the proposed rule. Click here to learn more about the legislation.

Texas HHSC’s Response to TEMSA’s ET3 Request

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) submitted its interest in Medicare’s new Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) program in a letter dated September 17, 2019. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently asked state Medicaid programs to indicate their willingness to work with the new program. The Texas EMS Alliance […]