Sound the Alarm: The Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System is in Full Force

This is not a drill…we repeat, this is not a drill! The Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a mandatory program that impacts all emergency transport providers. The Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System is a result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, in which all providers

Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection…From Collection to Submission

Public Consulting Group (PCG) wants to help your department get properly ready for the collection, and all the way through to submission, of data required by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) to complete the Ground Ambulance Data Collection Survey (aka Instrument). Providers of ground ambulance services will be required to collect data for a 12-month consecutive period starting

Crash Responders Safety Week

First responders are the first to arrive and provide aid when there is an emergency. These highly trained individuals put themselves at risk every day to support the public during a disaster, medical emergency, or accident and every year first responders are killed while working to save lives during a

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

Wildfire Defense Funding Opportunity

Author: Jason Fuller Is your community one of the 60,000+ communities identified across the United States as being at risk of a wildfire? Would federal funding help you protect your community from these wildfires? The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) is the zone where a transition from unoccupied land to human

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

Continuing Education Webinar – What is Your Ambulance Service “Worth”?

Join Public Consulting Group (PCG) for a free continuing education webinar on September 22nd that will focus on learning how to calculate your worth by determining your EMS agency’s cost to operate. Tim Nowak, who is a fire and EMS consultant with PCG and brings 20 years of industry education

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

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