Governor Appoints Seven to GETAC

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.

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, […]

Senate Finance Committee Adds EMS Funding to ARPA

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 […]

Governor Abbott Extends EMS Staffing Waivers Until February 27, 2022

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 […]

TEMSA Asks for Covid-19 EMS Waiver Extension

The Texas EMS Alliance asked Texas Governor Greg Abbott to extend the state’s EMS-related waiver for Covid-19. TEMSA’s request is in response to the governor’s announcement to end the existing waiver on September 1, 2021. Click here to view TEMSA’s waiver request letter:

2021 RCHIP Application Now Available – Apply by July 15

Per Texas DSHS: The 2021 Rural Community Healthcare Investment Program (RCHIP) application is open.  The purpose of the RCHIP program is assist rural communities in recruiting non-physician healthcare providers to practice in rural communities by providing partial student loan reimbursement or stipends in the amount of $10,000 for a commitment to serve in eligible communities […]

Covid-19 Vaccination Survey for EMS

a Texas DSHS is planning for statewide Covid-19 vaccination centers and asking EMS agencies to fill out a brief survey. Click here to access the survey.

Texas Immunization Registry Webinars

a Announcement   The Texas Immunization Registry is excited to announce it is hosting live webinars that cover the steps and processes for entering and reporting disaster related patient and immunization information in the Texas Immunization Registry (ImmTrac2).   Description   The webinars will include the following topics:   1.                   Legal Statutes related to Disasters​  2.                   Brief Introduction to the ImmTrac2 Registry  1.                   Different types of Consents​  2.                   Client Searches​  3.                   Entering a Client​  4.                   Priority Groups  […]

December 1 Fatigue Webinar

a Please register for the National Association of State EMS Officials’ EMS Fatigue Risk Management and Project Research – What’s New??? on Dec 1, 2020 1:00 PM EST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4584736299634711568 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.