A Year in Review from NEMSAC and FICEMS
The National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) is a nationally recognized council of EMS representatives who provide advice and recommendations regarding EMS to the DOT and FICEMS, which often influence EMS programs and priorities.
Council Addresses Several Critical Issues - The new NEMSAC began its term by setting priorities and establishing five committees: Data, Integration and Technology; Funding and Reimbursement; Provider and Community Education; Innovative Practices of EMS Workforce; and Patient Care, Quality Improvement and General Safety. In addition, the Council created two ad hoc committees: one to examine ways to help states implement the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA) and another to look at naloxone and the current National EMS Scope of Practice. At the September 2016 meeting, the Council made several recommendations to NHTSA and FICEMS, including:
- Expansion of naloxone administration to all EMS provider levels during the next revision of the National EMS Scope of Practice
- Development of standardized EMS data manager training to ensure high-quality EMS data capture and analysis
- Sponsoring a national mobile integrated healthcare data summit to bring stakeholders together to create an MIH data dictionary
- Updating the Trauma System Agenda for the Future and the Model Trauma System Planning and Evaluation document
All of the Council’s final reports and recommendations can be found on the Council’s website at ems.gov/recommendations.html
NEMSAC Elects New Chair and Co-chair - In September 2016, the Council elected Vince Robbins and Sabina Braithwaite, MD, to serve as chair and vice chair, respectively, following the year-long leadership of John Sinclair and Anne Montera. Robbins, who has served as the president and CEO of MONOC in New Jersey since 1990, was appointed to NEMSAC in 2015 as the hospital-based EMS representative. Braithwaite is an experienced emergency physician and EMS medical director who also previously served as the EMS committee chair for the American College of Emergency Physicians.
The Council is scheduled to meet on December 1 and 2. NEMSAC meetings are open to the public and include a public comment period. Pre-registration is required. ems.gov/nemsac.html
The Federal Interagency Committee on EMS was established in 2005 to ensure coordination among Federal agencies involved with State, local, tribal and regional emergency medical services and 911 systems. NHTSA’s OEMS, in cooperation with its federal partners, provides administrative support to the Committee.
FICEMS Endorses Position on Mental Health - In August 2016, FICEMS issued a statement recognizing the impact of stress on the mental health of EMS and other public safety personnel. In the statement, FICEMS also advocated for support and resources for the mental and behavioral health of responders.
FICEMS Addresses Opioid Epidemic - In a letter to the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, FICEMS emphasized the important role EMS systems play in fighting the opioid crisis, from treating overdoses in the field to collaborating with public health on prevention activities. “It is the intent of FICEMS that EMS systems be fully integrated and coordinated with community-wide efforts to plan and respond to opioid overdoses,” the letter said.
FICEMS Recommends Using Grant Funding for NEMSIS Version 3 - In December of 2015, FICEMS Chair Ed Gabriel wrote a letter supporting the use of emergency preparedness grants, cooperative agreements and other Federal grant funds to support EMS agencies’ efforts to implement NEMSIS version 3. “FICEMS recognizes the need for complete and uniform documentation of EMS patient care, the inclusion of that documentation in the patient’s electronic health record, and the use of this data to support EMS performance measurement and improvement,” Gabriel wrote.
FICEMS MEMBER AGENCIES
Department of Defense
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Communications Commission
Department of Transportation