The Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC), a collaborative group of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), NOSORH, Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC) and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), is now accepting comments on the 2019 Rural and Frontier EMS Three Year National Tactical Plan. The three-year Tactical Plan builds on the work of the original 2004 Rural EMS Agenda for the Future and proposes a three-year tactical approach to implementing some of the most important, feasible, remaining recommendations. Understanding the changes in the national healthcare environment, and specific trends and issues in the past few years, has shaped consideration of the recommendations and some recrafting of them. Some of these include the “volume to value” reimbursement emphasis, rural hospital closures, the role of communities, and the way EMS will be treated under evolving healthcare financing legislation.
The Steering Committee reviewed the recommendations of the 2004 Agenda and participated in a rating process for importance, feasibility for achievement in three years, and relevance to the JCREC. The scoring resulted in a clear grouping that had received a preponderance of the votes. These were then presented last April at the National Rural EMS and Care Conference and at the Rural Committee of the NASEMSO annual meeting. The recommendations were rated by the EMS providers, state rural health officials, EMS physicians, or state EMS officials attending these meetings. They were also invited to add to the list of recommendations. During this process and subsequent discussion, attendees approved a group of recommendations.
“We’re very appreciative of the excellent efforts that Kevin McGinnis has led, said Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director. “I’m looking forward to reading the comments and seeing the input from State Offices of Rural Health, rural EMS agencies and state EMS Officials. This plan has the potential to impact rural communities for years to come.”
All comments on the Tactical Plan can be submitted to Kevin McGinnis, NASEMSO Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than close of business on February 22, 2019.
Following the NOSORH Annual Meeting, the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC) invites you to join a learning session on Friday, September 9, from 8:00 am– 12:00pm. Breakfast will be provided. Topics include an introduction to “FirstNet”, an update from the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration, information on State and National Policy Impact on Rural EMS, and much more. “The JCREC learning session is a great opportunity for SORHs and state EMS leaders to share information about EMS issues. SORHs are encouraged to invite leaders from their state to attend,” said Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director.
Click here for the agenda. To register for the JCREC learning session, please click here. If you have already registered for the Annual Meeting and would like to register for the learning session, simply edit your registration. The deadline to register is August 8. There is no charge to attend.
EMS leaders from across the nation convened in San Antonio, TX, last month for the 2nd National Rural EMS Conference. Approximately 160 Federal partners, state EMS officials, hospital workers, local EMS providers, State Offices of Rural Health, nonprofits, universities, and other stakeholders were in attendance. Networking, collaboration, and education were the key elements of the conference.
“This meeting enabled me to bring back to our state a better idea of what the current issues are and develop a plan to move forward in tackling some very tough issues that seem to be shared by a large amount of the states at the conference,” said one attendee.
Attendees were given the chance to hear about a broad range of topics, including Community Paramedicine, Mobile Integrated Health, Rural Frontier Policy Changes and Federal updates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, for the first time, attendees had the opportunity to speak with a representative from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to provide feedback on how funding is directly impacting work on the ground with rural EMS providers.
The success of the conference was a direct result of a diverse group of people and organizations coming together for a common goal.
“The Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care and our partners did a great job of pulling together a mix of State Offices of Rural Health, state EMS officials and local EMS stakeholders. The conference provided a focal point to being able to build collaboration at the local, regional, state and national levels, to really make a difference to rural EMS leadership,” said Matt Strycker, NOSORH Special Projects Coordinator.
Two representatives from the media outlet EMS1 were in attendance and featured two articles on their website: State EMS directors discuss hot topics in rural EMS and Rural EMS issues take center stage at national conference.
All conference presentations are available on the NOSORH website.