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American Rescue Plan Act Funding Progress Updates

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on July 28, 2022. Author: Margot Thistle Last summer, Health Policy News provided coverage of early planning at the state level to implement Section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) related to Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). Section 9817 and

Increased Competition Requires a Change in Recruitment and Retention Strategies

Originally posted on http://www.ems1.com August 16, 2022 Author: Brent Crawford, MPA, NRP Since the first COVID-19 infection showed up in the U.S. on January 20, 2020, EMS and healthcare workers as a whole have been putting up the good fight against this disease. While there were full weeks and months it felt

Staffing Concerns – Agencies Big and Small

Author: Tim Nowak Headlines across the country in fire departments and EMS agencies big and small are shouting challenges with staffing levels. Poll call: 82% of respondents have no available units on a daily or weekly basis | EMS1 Who will be left to respond? | FireRescue1 Staffing Forcing SC

National Opioid Settlement Funding Available to Public Safety Personnel

A substantial amount of funding is available to help public safety personnel combat the national opioid epidemic. The national settlement amounting to $26 billion will be distributed through local and state leadership. While this will not be the only opioid settlement funding available for public safety personnel, it offers a

Explaining the Asterisk Behind Your 2020* Data

Author: Tim Nowak   2020* will forever have an asterisk behind it in terms of data management – including call volume trending, operations-finance relationships, overtime expenditures, sick time usage, disposable supply increases, (lack of) revenue generation, and just about EVERYTHING fire & EMS related. As fire & EMS chiefs, we

Where Did We Go During the Pandemic? Using Community Mobility Data to Track Behavior During the PHE

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on April 19, 2022. Author: Jessica Lang Recently PCG’s Health Innovation, Policy, and Information Technology team has been trying to make sense of trends in claims data during 2020-2021 in Utah, where we are conducting an independent evaluation of a Medicaid demonstration. In

Thank you, Fire and EMS Leaders!

We appreciate all of the ways you make a difference! Living this year’s National EMS Week theme through your work every day, thank you for always “Rising to the Challenge.” With over 70 years of combined Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field experience, our team at Public Consulting Group

Post-pandemonium COVID-19 Pandemic Analysis

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, states across the country hustled to implement public health strategies to combat the spread of the virus with limited resources. In the aftermath of the pandemonium, our subject matter experts at PCG worked with departments, cities, towns, etc. to compile after action reports that contain

What being “essential” means

Author: Tim Nowak   Being essential is not a golden ticket. It’s also not a silver bullet. At best, it’s an unfunded mandate, but that’s the start that many EMS agencies need in order to begin getting the recognition and funding they deserve. Being classified as an “essential service” through

Congress Delays MedPAC Ambulance Report Timeline

Last month, the United States Senate passed a provision that would delay the due date of the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee report analyzing ambulance cost data. This delay was necessary due to CMS postponing the beginning of ambulance cost data collection because of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent issuing of