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,

Is Your Department Ready for a Medicaid Audit?

Many of PCG’s ambulance clients across the country are familiar with state Medicaid agency desk reviews. These pre-payment reviews help identify reporting errors that could result in overpayment of supplemental Medicaid revenues to providers. Recently, supplemental payment programs in several states have implemented more in-depth audits, generally post-payment, that require

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


The Federal Administration Issues More Guidance on the No Surprises Act

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on October 29th, 2021. Author: Lisa Kaplan Howe   Implementation of the No Surprises Act (NSA) continued this fall with the release of a second interim final rule (IFR) on September 30, 2021. The NSA—which was signed into law as part of an appropriations package at the


Ground Ambulance Providers are Officially on the CMS Clock to Start Collecting Data

Authors: Rachel Ray and Sarah DiCicco   A Brief History of Medicare In 1965, Medicare was signed into law under President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1966, Medicare was officially implemented and around nineteen million individuals enrolled in the program during that first year. In the 1970s, Medicare eligibility was expanded

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Fire and EMS Response to Civil Unrest

Author: Ken Riddle   Public Consulting Group (PCG) is pleased to announce that the US Fire Administration selected our Public Safety Consulting Services (PSCS) team to work with FedWriters to conduct research and analysis on the national impact that recent civil unrest events had on Fire and EMS departments. The


Bringing the New Year into Focus with 3 Resolutions

Author: Tim Nowak   Eat a little less junk food, lose a little excess body weight, save money for a family trip… we’ve all made New Years’ resolutions similar to these before, right? On a personal level, these are the generic, cookie-cutter responses that come into our minds when we

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

Comparable Differences: Apples and Oranges When Comparing Fire Departments

Author: Tim Nowak *Published to the International Association of Fire Chiefs on February 2nd, 2022*   My department, your department, and another neighboring department — are we all comparable to one another, or are we truly different (and how)? Is your fire department an apple or an orange? Where do

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