August Meeting Canceled

The August meeting will be canceled for this month.

The September 13, 2018 SC EMS Association meeting will be held at Midlands EMS located at 3201 Leaphart Rd, West Columbia, SC 29169.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Emotional Trauma Life Support Training

Dear South Carolina Fire and EMS Providers,

The South Carolina Firefighters’ Association and the South Carolina EMS Association are pleased to announce a joint educational opportunity for Emotional Trauma Life Support (ETLS) training for our state. This will be a collaborative effort between our associations designed to offer trauma and grief support training specific to first responders of all levels (Please see the attached course flyer for more details).

ETLS Brochure

We are seeking interest in this class for scheduling purposes as spaces will be limited and it is our intent to allow as much participation as possible. As such, we ask that you respond to the survey monkey link below if you are interested in attending or if you are interested in sending a representative from your agency or department. The cost for the course is $150.00 per person and we plan to host the course(s) in early August 2018. Location(s) will be determined based on interest and will be communicated upon the conclusion of this survey. We ask that interested participants reply to the survey by no later than March 18, 2018.

Survey Link- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G7N9JV6

Thank you for your service as first responders in South Carolina. Please help us make this educational opportunity a success and feel free to share the survey monkey link with contacts that are involved in first responder wellness and grief management. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this opportunity you should con- tact one of the personnel listed below.

 

Patti Graham patti@scfirefighters.org 803-968-9336

 

Christian McConnell Christan.McConnell@scfirefighters.org

 

Jimmy Walker jimmywalker@midlandsems.com

 

Henry Lewis henry@scemsassociation.com

Congress Approves Medicare Ambulance Extenders

http://www.naemt.org/WhatsNewALLNEWS/2018/02/09/congress-approves-medicare-ambulance-extenders

 

Dear Members,

 

I am delighted to announce that our U.S. Congress has passed legislation that includes most of the provisions of H.R. 3729 — the Comprehensive Operations, Sustainability, and Transport Act of 2017 to extend the Medicare add-ons of 2% urban, 3% rural, and the 22.6% super rural bonus payments for five additional years, retroactive to January 1, 2018.

 

This legislation will enable our industry to continue to deliver the essential, life-saving services that we provide 24/7 to our patients and communities. It also requires our industry to begin the process of cost reporting in 2019. Reporting the actual costs that we incur in serving our patients and communities, including day-to-day patient care, as well as the cost of preparedness in the event of a disaster, will provide the data that is needed for future modifications to the ambulance fee schedule. NAEMT will partner with other stakeholders to work with HHS to help create an appropriate methodology and system for collecting this cost data.

 

We deeply appreciate the commitment, leadership, and perseverance of the House Ways and Means Committee and House sponsors, Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL), for shepherding this bill through the legislative process, and to the Senate leadership for working out a compromise to get this legislation passed.

 

The success of our efforts was highly dependent on the tremendous collaboration we received from the International Association of Fire Chiefs, The International Association of Firefighters, and the National Volunteer Fire Council. Together, with one voice, we advocated for this bill for many months. We are very grateful to these partners for their tireless efforts to get this legislation passed. We also thank the American Ambulance Association for their work over many years to ensure that the Medicare add-on payments continued.

 

We are all grateful for the outstanding efforts of those members who provided the grassroots voice for our cause. Each of you contributed to this success. Please join me in expressing a big THANK YOU to our NAEMT Advocacy Committee, NAEMT Advocacy Coordinators and all members who actively supported passage of this bill through emails, letters, phone calls and personal meetings with their congressional leaders and staff. All of us working together was truly the key to this victory.

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

Sincerely,

 

Dennis Rowe, EMT-P

President, NAEMT