The ATEMSP Board of Directors unanimously approved the creation of the “Texas EMS Scholarship and Relief Fund”.

The fund will be a 501(c)(3) dedicated to increasing education access for Texas EMS professionals and providing short term relief when needed.

“It’s important to address EMS issues through the public, nonprofit, and private sectors,” said ATEMSP Executive Director Daniel Owens. “The creation of this fund allows us to support the EMS community through the nonprofit sector instead of relying solely on the public or private sectors to meet our needs.”

The scholarship and relief fund immediately heads into the ATEMSP project management…

The COVID-19 vaccine entered Texas on December 14th, and Phase 1A recipients have been steadily receiving vaccine access.

Although Texas EMS Professionals are listed in 1A, many EMS professionals feel uninformed and excluded from the distribution process.

This article examines five things Texas EMS professionals should know regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution and how to gain vaccine access.

  1. Phase 1 Is Six Weeks Long

The Pfizer vaccine has been in Texas for only two weeks and Moderna wasn’t approved for distribution until December 18th. The roll out for Phase 1 involves limited vaccine distribution from December 14-January 31.

What does this…

The FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine this week and Texas expects its first shipment around December 14th. Within days, Texas EMS professionals will be receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

Here are ten things to know about Texas EMS and the COVID-19 vaccine.

  1. Texas EMS Is Prioritized

Texas is receiving 1.4 million COVID-19 vaccines during the month of December. The Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) placed Texas EMS in the First Tier of vaccine recipients.

2. The Vaccine Will Be Distributed In Four Phases

The vaccine is expected to be distributed in four different phases.

Phase 1: December 2020-January 2021 (limited vaccine supply)…

Texas EMS policy isn’t the fancy of many at the moment.

In our world, it’s the focus of everything.

As the 2020 election enters a climactic conclusion, the two biggest influences on EMS policy are quietly complete: The Texas Legislature and our Congressional Representatives.

This article reviews the EMS policy impact following the 2020 election. If you’re new to policy, backgrounds on each legislative body have been provided. This is a great time to engage and explore.

The Texas Legislature

Policy Impact: Positive

Background: The Texas Legislature is the policy making body of Texas and meets for only 140 days…

Julie Oliver, the Democrat candidate for Texas’ 25th Congressional District, spent time with CD-25 paramedics last week.

During the visit she pledged to join the Congressional EMS Caucus, if elected.

“It was great getting to know Julie Oliver,” said Austin EMS Association President Selena Xie.

“She was extremely interested in the role EMS plays in our greater healthcare system, and all the ways that EMS is leading innovation when it comes to telehealth and community health paramedicine.”

The Congressional EMS Caucus is a bipartisan caucus educating legislators about EMS policy. …

Governor Greg Abbott created concern yesterday, when he released a list of waivers in support of an expanded Texas EMS workforce.

The greatest controversy stemmed from the allowance of, “qualified, but not formally certified”, personnel to work at an advanced level with medical director approval.

Advocates are praising the decision for being proactive while critics are concerned with its potential risk.

Both arguments are worth examining.

The Issue of Certification Vs. Credentialing

The biggest concern of critics is the waiving of certification to allow advanced practice. This issue deals with the difference between certification vs. credentialing.

In Texas, certification does…

The Almost Medics: The 2,400 Stalled Texas EMS Students

Sierra Hayes had entered the final stretch of her paramedic program. She would soon graduate, promote, and progress in her career as a rural paramedic.

On March 13th, her program was suspended due to COVID-19.

“I understood. But I still grieved,” said Hayes. “It’s frustrating to be so close and know you can’t help your community as a paramedic.”

Hayes is one of an estimated 2,400 Texas EMS students halted in their programs. Many were down to only weeks of training before entering the workforce.

“Many of my classmates had jobs…

Texas is officially managing multiple COVID-19 cases and escalation is expected over the coming weeks. As Texas EMS increases its response, here are the things we know.

Texas COVID-19 Cases

There are 57 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas at the time of publication.

Governor Abbott expects this number to increase as testing increases. Texas EMS personnel, both rural and urban, have been active in treating and transporting the COVID-19 patient via 911 and inter-facility transports.

Harris (10), Ft Bend (9), and Dallas (8) Counties have the highest number of confirmed cases to date.

Texas EMS Preparation

A survey of membership…

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its initial list of chosen agencies for their ET3 program. Texas had fifteen selected agencies representing over 40 counties of participation. Here are five things to know about Texas ET3 participation.

1. What Is ET3?

ET3 stands for The Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport Model. It is a voluntary, five-year CMS payment model exploring a more appropriate use of EMS resources.

The ET3 model involves three areas of intervention: Communications, Transport Destinations, and On-Site Delivery of Care. (See chart for specific details)

In its perfect form, ET3 would reduce the number of EMS responses to…

Elianor Vessali, a Republican candidate for Texas’ 17th Congressional District, made Texas history this week. She’s the first Texas congressional candidate to promise participation in the Congressional EMS Caucus upon election.

“I had the opportunity to do a ride along with medics Daniel Owens and Andre Thompson, and I saw an opportunity to serve my constituents upon learning about the EMS complications related to the 17th Congressional District,” said Vessali.

“This is why, if elected, I intend to join the Congressional EMS Caucus. I have been on the record that I consider myself a public servant, not a politician.”


Association of Texas EMS Professionals

The Association of Texas EMS Professionals (ATEMSP) represents the individual Texas EMS professional. ATEMSP is active in state and federal public policy.

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