Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Opportunity

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application is open until Friday, February 10, 2023, at 5:00pm ET. The grant opportunity’s focus is on increasing public safety and the safety of firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. Eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations, and State Fire

Health Policy News Predictions for 2023

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on December 19, 2022. Author: Margot Thistle Predictions for 2023 As is customary for Health Policy News, as the year comes to an end, we are spending time thinking forward about topics and developments the Health Policy News team we will be following

Free Webinar: Translating Fire & EMS Operational Challenges into Financial Needs

Working in a management position within a fire or EMS department means facing incredibly challenging issues that are often not fully understood by those responsible for procuring funding (for example, city officials and administrators making budgetary decisions). As administrators, we often look at call volume and unit demand data to

How to Honor First Responder Heroes During the Season of Giving

The holidays are a time of giving and that means not only giving a gift but giving back to the community. Public Consulting Group (PCG) is passionate about making a difference across the public sector and is committed to helping those in the Fire and Emergency Medical Service’s (EMS) community

Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection…From Collection to Submission

PCG is proud to offer the ambulance community with support services for the Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection survey. Thank you to all of those who were able to attend the webinar event live on December 13th. We feel that the information presented in the webinar was well received and

Fire and EMS Purchasing Practices

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Public Consulting Group (PCG) will be cohosting the “Fire and EMS Purchasing Practices” webinar on December 8th at 1pm ET. This webinar will consist of a panel presentation regarding current purchasing strategies for fire and EMS organizations. Emergency service organizations are consistently

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

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