NAEMT How to Navigate GEMT According to CMS’s Policy Enforcement

EMS agencies that participate in Ground Emergency Medical Transportation (GEMT) programs must maintain compliance with updated Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) policies and fulfill new program requirements. Join us April 20th at 12:30pm EDT for a free webinar that will be hosted by the National Association of EMTs

Today’s Biggest EMS Department Challenges

Author: Lauren Cantley In February 2023, PCG sponsored a webinar with NAEMT & ICMA-CPSM titled, “EMS in Critical Condition – Analysis of National Survey on EMS Economics and Operations”, which was attended by over 350 EMS leaders, as well as municipal and county officials. The webinar explored the scope of

The End of the PHE and the Impact on Vaccine & COVID-19 Testing Costs

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on March 30, 2023. Author: Rhea Lieber  On January 31, 2020, Secretary Alex Azar of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a nationwide Public Health Emergency (PHE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past three years the PHE

New Federal Proposed Telehealth Rules will Affect Access to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on March 30, 2023. Author: Eliza Mette In a continuation of our series examining the end of the COVID-19 federal Public Health Emergency (PHE), we do a deeper dive into federal telehealth flexibilities and policies that will expire. Among those flexibilities is a

Scholarship Opportunities – Applications Due May 1st

Author: Kyrstyn Paulat Do you want to progress in your career through continuing your education? Are you looking to waive membership fees for a national association? Are you looking for a tuition waiver for emergency medical services (EMS) specific leadership training? Now’s the time! The Fitch EMS Foundation Scholarships are


National Public Health Week – PCG Thanks All Fire & EMS Agencies!

Author: Michelle Silvestre Public Consulting Group (PCG) celebrates and promotes National Public Health Week (April 3-9). We thank Fire & Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies who play an enormous role in public health efforts. From standing in the front lines of a public health crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic,

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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

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