All posts by Sarah Dicicco

Slowing the Spread of COVID-19: Contact Tracing and Case Investigation Services

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the U.S., and an increasing burden is placed on public health departments, PCG’s Contact Tracing and Case Investigation services can help states act quickly to slow the spread. We have hired more than 5,000 contact tracers, supervisors, and investigators to respond to the COVID-19

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The Importance of Standards in Fire & EMS: Insight from a Former Fire Chief

July of 1999 was a major milestone in my career as it marked the transition from serving as a line fire officer to chief fire officer. On July 1st of that year, I took over as the Assistant Chief of Planning for the West Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department (WHFD). In

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Meet PCG’s Senior Advisor for Fire & EMS Consulting

Greetings, everyone! Let me introduce myself and my role at PCG. I joined the PCG team in April 2019 as a Senior Advisor for Fire and EMS. I will be working with PCG staff members on existing projects, including the Ground Emergency Medical Transportation (GEMT) program, Emergency Triage, Treat, and

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Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection – Updates from CMS

As reported in our last Fire & EMS Newsletter, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in May 2020 that it will be delaying the implementation of the statutorily mandated ambulance data collection system. In sum, ambulance organizations selected to provide cost data for 2020 will be required to

Freedom House

Healthcare History: Freedom House Ambulance Service How Modern EMS Systems in the United States Took Root in the 1960’s Written by: Sarah DiCicco, Molly Hahn, Charles Hurley, and Ken Riddle Fire and emergency medical services (EMS) agencies play a critical role in providing much needed safety services to their communities.

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CARES Act Provider Relief Funding

On March 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which provided $100 billion to hospitals and other healthcare providers and suppliers, including ambulance services. UPDATE: On October 1, 2020, the President announced $20 billion in additional provider relief funding for Phase 3.

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CMS Announcement of Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection (MGADC) Program Delay

Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the issuance of a blanket waiver that postpones the mandatory emergency medical services (EMS) survey by one year. CMS recognizes the hardship and resources that COVID-19 has demanded of providers, and this waiver hopes to alleviate some of

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FEMA Funding

FEMA Funding Under the Public Assistance Grant Program, state, local, tribal and territorial government entities, and certain private nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for reimbursement of emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. 911 and emergency medical services (EMS)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

MEDICAID SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENT PROGRAMS Many of you are already participating in supplemental payment programs for Medicaid. These cost reporting programs continue to roll on with minimal interruptions through the COVID-19 crisis. While we have seen some deadline extensions for cost report submission in several states, we have not yet seen