Governor Greg Abbott announced the appointment of seven individuals to GETAC, including Ryan Matthews, who serves as a board member of the Texas EMS Alliance. Statute directs the governor to seek feedback from trade associations that represent Texas EMS agencies. TEMSA submitted nominations to the governor.
TEMSA delivered a recommendation related to the Texas Legislature’s $21.7 million earmark for the creation of an EMS education and recruitment program to DSHS on Thursday. Click here to view the recommendation. DSHS is expected to move in an expedited manner and meet with the Texas EMS agencies, RACs and members of the EMS education community. The idea to create an […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 […]