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 […]

CMS Delays Ambulance Data Collection Program

a Per Matt Zavadsky of MedStar Mobile Healthcare: CMS is delaying the data collection and reporting period for ground ambulance organizations selected to participate in year 1 for two years and for one year for ground ambulance organizations selected to participate in year 2. With this modification, the data collection period for year 1 and […]

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.