Federal Policy: COVID-19



HIPAA & Patient Data

Imaginary Barriers: How HIPAA Promotes Bidirectional Patient Data Exchange With Emergency Medical Services – Click here (7.31.20).

Federal Funding Opportunities

Click here to view a full summary from McDermott+Consulting (5.06.20).

CDC Recommendations for EMS

Click here for the CDC’s updated recommendations (7.16.20).

EMS Asks

Click here to view AAA’s 04.06.20 request for a federal grant for each ambulance to meet the COVID-19 pandemic:
4-6-2020 AAA HHS Ambulance Funds Letter

Legal Questions

Click here to view a Q&A on EMS law. Note: TEMSA does not offer legal advice. This has been provided for informational purposes only. Consult your attorney.

Federal Grants

Click here to view TEMSA’s request for the state government to serve as a grant partner for private Texas EMS agencies to secure FEMA grants:
Private EMS Agency Request – Texas EMS Alliance – 04.03.20

Fee for Service Payments

Click here to learn more about the mandatory attestation related to the fee for service grants. Click here to view an overview of the grants from the ASC Association. Click here for the attestation portal (04.17.20).

Medicare’s accelerated payments vs. CARES Act grants: What’s the difference? The Dallas law firm of Weaver, Johnston & Nelson takes a look – click here.

Federal Regulations

Emergency DeclarationClick here to view CMS’s fact sheet related to the federal government’s emergency declaration.

EMTALAClick here to view CMS’s March 9, 2020, fact sheet related to EMTALA. Click here to read an FAQ from McDermott+Consulting (5.03.20).

HIPAAClick here for guidance related to first responders from the Office of Civil Rights. Click here to read an analysis from the Dallas law firm of Weaver, Johnston & Nelson.

New Ambulance Transport, Surgery Center & Hospital WaiversClick here to read CMS’s March 30, 2020 announcement. Click here to view CMS’s fact sheet for ambulances:
Ambulances- CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19-Final508

CMS’s rules are retroactive back to March 1, 2020.

Congressional Legislation

Supplemental I
  • Signed into law on March 6. Click here for a summary.
  • The bill focuses on supplemental funding for federal agencies to assist their COVID-19 efforts.
Supplemental II
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201).
  • Signed into law.
  • The bill focuses on free testing, paid sick leave, and other items.
  • Click here for a fact sheet. Click here for a section-by-section summary.
Supplemental III
  • Signed into law on March 27, 2020.
  • Axios described the $2.2 trillion package as follows: “It’s not intended to stimulate growth and spending to offset a potential downturn. It’s designed to prevent mass homelessness, starvation and a wave of business closures not seen since the height of the Great Depression.”
  • Click here to view TEMSA’s summary of the third supplemental bill.