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: […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 With the passing of the “Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017,” the DEA has published proposed rules to implement the law. They are accepting comments on the proposed rules until December 4. Electronic comments may be submitted or written comments must be postmarked on or before December 4, 2020. Here is […]
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 […]
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 […]
Click here for the February 20 call, which focuses on reporting volunteer labor for the new data reporting system. Click here for the March 12 call, which focuses on public safety-based organizations for data collection.
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 […]
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.