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The Medicare Ambulance Fee Schedule Increased, But Will It Help?

Author: Kyrstyn Paulat On October 14, 2022, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Transmittal 11642 (Change Request 12948), which announced the Medicare Ambulance Inflation Factor (AIF) for the calendar year 2023. The AIF is calculated by measuring the increase in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers

How Pairing Paramedics and EMTs with Police Can Combat Rising Mental Health Crises in Communities

Author: Zachary Anta There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is the largest global health crisis we have faced in generations. The pandemic caused major implications and uncertainty on all facets of life, health, and the economy. Social isolation, inflation, and financial pressures coupled with many more crippling impacts

Climate Change and Natural Disasters: FEMA’s Preparedness Report

Author: Katie Jungjohann On an annual average, there are 6,800 natural disasters that happen worldwide and 97 of those occur within the United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the 2022 National Preparedness Report (NPR), revealing the impact on communities and emergency management in correlation to climate change associated

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The End of the Public Health Emergency

Author: Andrew Martinez Biden announces plans to end national emergency involving COVID-19 On January 30th, the White House Administration announced that President Biden plans to extend the term of the two national emergencies involving the COVID-19 pandemic to May 11th, 2023. This adjustment in protocol would alter the way that

FY 2022 SAFER Grant Opportunity: Application Open

Author: James Smyth The SAFER grant application is open until March 17, 2023, at 5 P.M. E.T. The focus of the grant is on enhancing local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Eligible fire departments and volunteer

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


EMS in Critical Condition – Analysis of National Survey on EMS Economics and Operations

PCG is sponsoring a webinar with NAEMT & ICMA-CPSM which will dive into the critical challenges facing EMS systems in urban, suburban, rural, and frontier communities. In the most comprehensive survey of its kind, NAEMT asked EMS and Fire agencies across the U.S. to reveal pressing challenges their EMS systems

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

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