May 22 REPLICA Agenda Posted

The agenda for the May 22, 2018 Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA) has been posted. Click here to view the agenda. The Texas Legislature passed its own REPLICA legislation in 2015, which allows Texas to recognize EMS personnel licenses from other states that joined REPLICA. Joe Schmider of the Texas Department of […]

DSHS Survey on Hurricane Damage to EMS Agencies

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has asked EMS agencies to complete a very short online survey to determine the effect of Hurricane Harvey on Texas EMS agencies. Click here to access the survey and complete it.

Overview of DSHS’s Chapter 157 EMS Re-write

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) produced an overview of the proposal to re write Chapter 157, which is the state’s EMS rule.  Click here to view it: Chapter 157 Draft Rule Presentation June 2015 It is important to note: The PowerPoint does not include every proposed change.  It is simply an overview. While […]

September 9th Hearing on DSHS’s EMS Proposed Rule

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule for EMS on September 9, 2016 in Austin. Visit for more information regarding the proposed rule.  Comments are due on September 12, 2016. The re-write of the state’s EMS rule has been a multi-year process.  DSHS leadership […]

Advanced Paramedic Task Force Meeting – August 15

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) posted a notice regarding the meeting of the Advanced Practice Paramedic Task Force Meeting in Georgetown on August 15.  TEMSA will have full details after the meeting.

GETAC’s May 11-13 Schedule Announced

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) posted the agenda for the May 11-13, 2016 GETAC meetings in Austin. Click here to view the schedule: GETAC May 2015 Schedule

DSHS’s Biological & Chemical Terrorism Course

The Department of State Health Services’ April 1st Biological and Chemical Terrorism: A Laboratory Overview for First Responders & Law Enforcement is free. However, it is limited to the first 20 registrations. The topics include: Types of biological and chemical threats. Field screening requirements for specimen submission. Specimen/material submission process. Processing of threat letters and other […]

DSHS Guidance for Sharing Hospital Data

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued guidance for EMS providers that are experiencing difficulty in obtaining patient health outcome or emergency department data from hospitals for inclusion into their quality improvement programs. Click here to read the guidance: ProvGuidance-PatientHealthOutcome-EmergencyDepatmentData

Designated Infection Control Officer SB 1574 Rule

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Council recently considered the DSHS rule for SB 1574, which creates a designated infection control officer within agencies to handle information concerning infection disease outbreaks. Click here to read the rule: SB 1574 Infection Control Officer Rule Nov 2015