TEMSA’s 2022 EMS Awards

TEMSA presented its second-annual EMS Awards on August 9, 2022, at EMS EVOLUTION 2022. EMS Professional of the Year: Ken Elliott of Harris County Emergency Corps President’s Award: Doug Hooten of Harris County ESD 11 EMS Agency of the Year: Washington County EMS EMS Leader of the Year: Jeremy Hyde of Harris County Emergency Corps […]

Texas DSHS Survey on Public Health Threats; EMS Capability

From the Texas Department of State Health Services: Senate Bill 969, as passed by the 87th Texas Legislature and signed into law by the Governor, requires the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to evaluate the planning and response capabilities of the state health care system, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and laboratories, to respond to […]

Payer Relationships in Texas: An Interview With Matt Zavadsky

TEMSA recently sat down with Matt Zavadsky, the Chief Transformation Officer at MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, to look at the agency’s latest thoughts on payer relationships. TEMSA: MedStar has gone in network with five payers (two commercial plan and three managed Medicare/Medicaid plans). What was the impetus behind these payers going in network with […]

EMS Staffing Waiver Extended

The Office of the Governor is in receipt of the Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) request to extend the temporary suspension of 25 TAC 157.11(h)(1)-(6) and Sections 773.050(a) of the Texas Health & Safety Code beyond the current termination effective date of 12:01am on February 28, 2022. DSHS asserts that strict compliance with these laws could prevent, […]

The First Responder Bowl: Honoring First Responders

The First Responder Bowl is providing complimentary tickets to all EMS professionals and first responders for the December 28, 2021, post-season bowl game that will be held at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium. EMS professionals can claim free tickets by clicking here.

CMS’s Upcoming Ambulance Data Collection Webinars

Per CMS: Dear Ground Ambulance Providers and Suppliers, Please attend these upcoming Zoom webinars: October 28: Reporting revenue November 4: Hospitals and other providers – We encourage other organizations to attend future webinars November 16: Q&A session Starting January 1, 2023, selected ground ambulance organizations are required to report cost, utilization, revenue, and other information […]

Novitas’ November 16 Webinar on Prior Authorization for Medicare

Novitas will hold another webinar on Medicare’s new prior authorization program for Texas on Tuesday, November 16. Participants must register in advance. The following is from Novitas: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released plans for the nationwide expansion of the prior authorization program for repetitive scheduled non-emergent ambulance transports (RSNAT).  JH ambulance suppliers […]