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Ground Ambulance Providers are Officially on the CMS Clock to Start Collecting Data

Authors: Rachel Ray and Sarah DiCicco   A Brief History of Medicare In 1965, Medicare was signed into law under President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1966, Medicare was officially implemented and around nineteen million individuals enrolled in the program during that first year. In the 1970s, Medicare eligibility was expanded to reach individuals under the

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Fire and EMS Response to Civil Unrest

Author: Ken Riddle   Public Consulting Group (PCG) is pleased to announce that the US Fire Administration selected our Public Safety Consulting Services (PSCS) team to work with FedWriters to conduct research and analysis on the national impact that recent civil unrest events had on Fire and EMS departments. The purpose of the study will

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Bringing the New Year into Focus with 3 Resolutions

Author: Tim Nowak   Eat a little less junk food, lose a little excess body weight, save money for a family trip… we’ve all made New Years’ resolutions similar to these before, right? On a personal level, these are the generic, cookie-cutter responses that come into our minds when we reach 23:59 (or 11:59PM for

American Rescue Plan has Broad Impact on Health Policy

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on March 26th, 2021. Author: Lisa Kaplan Howe   The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the Act) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. This sweeping law provides funding to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and

The Hidden Costs of COVID-19

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on January 26th, 2022. Author: Alec Whipple   As we enter 2022, the COVID-19 pandemic is surging through the United States yet again, this time fueled by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Although the symptoms of this variant appear to be more mild than previous variants, the increased

Comparable Differences: Apples and Oranges When Comparing Fire Departments

Author: Tim Nowak *Published to the International Association of Fire Chiefs on February 2nd, 2022*   My department, your department, and another neighboring department — are we all comparable to one another, or are we truly different (and how)? Is your fire department an apple or an orange? Where do you start?  Your mayor comes

Act Now! Grant Funding Available for Rural EMS Agencies

Author: Tim Nowak   The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering rural EMS agencies the opportunity to apply for grant funding, up to $200,000 for one year, to provide training and necessary equipment to help combat the effects of substance abuse and emergency response challenges within their communities. This grant excludes

Bringing the New Year into Focus with 3 Resolutions

Author: Tim Nowak (3-4 minute read) Eat a little less junk food, lose a little excess body weight, save money for a family trip… we’ve all made New Years’ resolutions similar to these before, right? On a personal level, these are the generic, cookie-cutter responses that come into our minds when we reach 23:59 (or

Fire Apparatus (Non-Ambulance) Transports – Priority #1 for 2022

Author: Tim Nowak (3-minute read) COVID-19 aside, the consideration over whether fire apparatuses (not ambulances) can or should transport patients to hospitals will top headlines as a highly contentious practice as we progress in 2022 and it should be your #1 priority item as a fire chief entering this new year. Let me first preface

COVID-19 Firefighter Survival Informational Stand Down

Original Article Posted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) The International Association of Fire Chiefs is urging all FIRE CHIEFS, FIRE OFFICERS, LABOR LEADERS and FIREFIGHTERS to join in a COVID-19 FIREFIGHTER SURVIVAL INFORMATIONAL STAND DOWN. While there is no question that we are all aware of the impact of COVID-19 on the various levels

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