CMS Seeks to Support Communications between Providers and Carriers

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on January 26, 2023. Author: Eliza Mette In December 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Proposed Rule aimed at improving administrative simplification related to healthcare providers sharing HIPAA-protected information with insurance carriers. The intent of the proposed rule is to

Translating Fire & EMS Operational Challenges into Financial Needs

Author: Tim Nowak Starting IVs, pulling hose lines, holding promotional processes, and planning for capital expenditures … that’s a pretty broad spectrum of job responsibilities. Transitioning from the “field” to the “desk” is often a large career transition challenge for many within the fire and EMS industries. Going from a


EMS in Critical Condition – Analysis of National Survey on EMS Economics and Operations

PCG is sponsoring a webinar with NAEMT & ICMA-CPSM which will dive into the critical challenges facing EMS systems in urban, suburban, rural, and frontier communities. In the most comprehensive survey of its kind, NAEMT asked EMS and Fire agencies across the U.S. to reveal pressing challenges their EMS systems

Civil Unrest and How it is Impacting First Responders Nationwide

Authors:  Jason Fuller, Kaitlynn Edwards, Lauren Cantley On behalf of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Public Consulting Group (PCG) recently partnered with FedWriters to complete a research and analysis report on the national impact civil unrest events have on the fire and EMS community. According to the National Fire Protection

Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Opportunity

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application is open until Friday, February 10, 2023, at 5:00pm ET. The grant opportunity’s focus is on increasing public safety and the safety of firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. Eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations, and State Fire

Health Policy News Predictions for 2023

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on December 19, 2022. Author: Margot Thistle Predictions for 2023 As is customary for Health Policy News, as the year comes to an end, we are spending time thinking forward about topics and developments the Health Policy News team we will be following

Free Webinar: Translating Fire & EMS Operational Challenges into Financial Needs

Working in a management position within a fire or EMS department means facing incredibly challenging issues that are often not fully understood by those responsible for procuring funding (for example, city officials and administrators making budgetary decisions). As administrators, we often look at call volume and unit demand data to

How to Honor First Responder Heroes During the Season of Giving

The holidays are a time of giving and that means not only giving a gift but giving back to the community. Public Consulting Group (PCG) is passionate about making a difference across the public sector and is committed to helping those in the Fire and Emergency Medical Service’s (EMS) community

Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection…From Collection to Submission

PCG is proud to offer the ambulance community with support services for the Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection survey. Thank you to all of those who were able to attend the webinar event live on December 13th. We feel that the information presented in the webinar was well received and

Fire and EMS Purchasing Practices

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Public Consulting Group (PCG) will be cohosting the “Fire and EMS Purchasing Practices” webinar on December 8th at 1pm ET. This webinar will consist of a panel presentation regarding current purchasing strategies for fire and EMS organizations. Emergency service organizations are consistently