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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

James O. Page EMS Achievement Award

A few months ago, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) held the annual Fire-Rescue Med conference. Public Consulting Group (PCG) was honored to sponsor the James O. Page EMS Achievement award which was presented at the event to an exceptional leader and individual who has made an impact in

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

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