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The Growing EMS Retention and Recruitment Gap

Author: Lauren Cantley When thinking of what EMTs or paramedics do for a living and knowing their national average salaries are $36,000 and $46,000 per year respectively, it comes as no surprise that income was the leading factor for EMS agency turnover in 2022 . In the article “Flattening the Turnover

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

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

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

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

What is your Ambulance Service “Worth?”

Author: Tim Nowak PCG recently presented a webinar in partnership with the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT) outlining ambulance service “worth” … and believe it or not, defining “worth” may not be as objective as we expect (or hope) it to be. Our industry’s mantras of “if it saves one

A letter to the American public: Appreciate our first responders every day

Originally posted on Oct 26, 2022 Author: Greg Friese, MS, NRP For several years, Oct. 28 has been recognized as National First Responders Day with congressional resolutions, state and local government resolutions, other accolades, plus discounts and promotions at stores and restaurants. All those things sound terrific and are likely graciously

Are we communicating better after 9/11?

Originally Posted on EMS1 on September 8th, 2022. Author: Tim Nowak   Starting out in my fire and EMS career – shortly after the events of 9/11 – I was able to see the increase in federal funding geared toward unified command and incident management training, interoperability and radio communications, and specialty