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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

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

Federal Behavioral Health Plan Released

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on March 30, 2022. Author: Lisa Kaplan Howe   This month, the Biden administration released a plan for tackling the nationwide behavioral health crisis. Challenges related to behavioral health are not new, but have only worsened during the now two-year COVID-19 pandemic. According

The American Medical Association Releases a Report Urging Healthcare Stakeholders to Enhance Behavioral Health Integration Through Digital Tools

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on March 30, 2022. Author: Raneem Rayes   The American Medical Association (AMA) released a report defining opportunities to incorporate technology to advance behavioral health integration (BHI) and outlining a framework to measure BHI models. This report, which was informed by a diverse working group,

Safety Stand Down 2022

The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Safety, Health and Survival Section, the National Volunteer Fire Council, and the National Fire Protection Association have announced the theme for the 2022 Safety Stand Down is Situational Awareness: The Foundation for Good Decision-Making. The week will be broken down into five daily focus

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

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

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

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The Value of Mentoring, and the Difference Between a Manager and a Leader

Originally Posted in the NAEMT News Winter 2022 on December 23rd, 2021. Author: Bruce Evans, MPA, NRP, CFO, SPO   As one of the early visionaries in our field, the late James O. Page, who some refer to as the father of modern EMS, once said: “As the next few

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Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program- Non Affiliated EMS Organizations Are Eligible

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) applications are open. The goal of the grant program is to assist fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations in meeting their needs to serve their communities. The grant assists these organizations in obtaining equipment, protective gear,