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The National Drowning Prevention Alliance and USA Swimming Foundation launched a national competition in search for the 2011 Lifesaver of the Year. Nominators should visit www.facebook.com/NationalDrowningPreventionAlliance and click the “Lifesaver of the Year” tab to upload a photo and essay
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a directive to its MACs (Medicare administrative contractors, which are the entities that process Medicare claims.) The directive requires the MACs to begin processing claims with non-covered service codes submitted by ambulance se
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All configurations of fentanyl are on back order, except for the 5 mL ampoule. Manufacturers of the drug expect the next delivery of the 0.05 mg/mL 5mL source data verification (25 per box) in February. The 0.05 mg/mL 2 mL ampoule (10 per box) CS24 should be available starting in April. Per the D
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NASEMSO national survey Until now, even the most basic information about EMS in this country has been unknown. How many EMS agencies are there across the U.S.? How many EMS professionals are there? How many 9-1-1 responses do they run annually? For the most part, any information on a national scale
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The Field EMS Quality, Innovation and Cost-Effectiveness Improvements Act (H.R. 3144) was introduced in the House of Representatives by Tim Walz (D-MN) and Sue Myrick (R-NC) to implement a cohesive strategy to strengthen the development of our nation’s field EMS at the federal, state and local lev
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Federal government asks EMS for help in identifying human traffickers More than a year ago, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano launched the “Blue Campaign,” a nationwide initiative to combat human trafficking through enhanced public awareness, victim assistance pro
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If you were asked what would happen if local emergency services merged their dispatch centers, how would you respond? Communications centers represent a significant ongoing investment. They’re fundamentally designed similarly. So why not merge them? Emergency communications centers have the fol
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Innovative pilot program addresses needs of fire service & low-income communities Alex Briscoe, the director of the Alameda County (Calif.) Health Care Services Agency (HCSA) began eyeing fire stations when he started looking for an innovative way to provide timely access to healthcare. His con
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Journalist & first aid squad chief gives tips for managers going electronic The digital age in which we live is littered with dinosaurs, many in leadership positions. Add the lightning speed with which changes occur and even the leaders who manage via smartphones, iPads and tablets have trouble