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 […]

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 […]

Novitas Training for Prior Authorization

Per 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 garaged in the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas are now included in this initiative. Additional states will follow the schedule announced August 26, […]

TEMSA’s 9.17.21 Member Newsletter

TEMSA’s members received the following information in today’s e-mail newsletter: A look at the reporting requirements under SB 809 if you received federal funds during the pandemic. TEMSA’s ARPA request for the Texas Legislature’s third special session. The latest round of federal Provider Relief Funding. A look at the proposed rule related to data collection […]

TEMSA Announces ARPA Funding Priorities for Texas

The Texas EMS Alliance (TEMSA) announced American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding priorities for the state of Texas to address the workforce shortage crisis that Texas EMS agencies are facing. EMS professionals are leaving the field at a higher rate than ever due to burnout, the risk of Covid-19 exposure and new career opportunities outside […]

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:

Governor Announces End of Covid-19 Waivers for EMS

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the April 20, 2020, Covid-19 waiver for Texas EMS agencies will be lifted on September 1, 2021. Click here at the bottom to view the announcement. TEMSA members will receive additional details in their inbox and at EMS EVOLUTION 2021. Stay tuned for the additional details.

TEMSA Supports Body Camera Legislation

The Texas EMS Alliance (TEMSA) will offer testimony in support of Senator Brandon Creighton’s SB 1386, which would direct EMS agencies that utilize body cameras to develop internal policies for the governance of the body cameras. Click here to view TEMSA’s support letter:

AIMHI Flash Poll: EMS Agencies Are Providing COVID Vaccines and mAb Infusions

a The Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI) conducted a flash poll of approximately 100 EMS agencies from around the nation in late January, and the majority of the respondents indicated that they are administering COVID vaccines and mAb infusions in their communities. Click here to view the results: AIMHI Flash Poll 1-29-21 Matt […]