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House Bill on Standing Orders
TCAA continues to support NAEMSP in their efforts to safeguard standing orders and EMS access to medications to be administered in emergency situations. H.R. 4365, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act was marked up by voice vote on September 21st by the Energy and Commerce Committee. There are currently 132 co-sponsors in the House, and S. 2932, the companion bill in the Senate, has 12 co-sponsors.
Congressional Pediatric Trauma Caucus
On Wednesday, September 21, our federal lobbyists from Winning Strategies Washington attended the Congressional Pediatric Trauma Caucus briefing on traumatic injuries in youth sports – specifically concussions – sponsored by the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. The panel included a complementary mix of perspectives on the need for prevention, mitigation, treatment and research. The main message was the large number of children experiencing trauma and the specific need for research funding in the area of pediatric trauma in particular. Our lobbyists spoke with several panelists after the briefing about TCAA and the possibility of an open dialogue between our organizations and exploring how we could collaborate in our advocacy efforts. Dr. Weisman (NJ) and Dr. Whitlow (NC) expressed an interest in doing so.
MISSION ZERO Act
On September 28th, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX), and Representative Gene Green (D-TX) introduced the "Military Injury Surgical Systems Integrated Operationally Nationwide to Achieve ZERO Preventable Deaths Act" in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate to establish a grant program for military-civilian partnerships in trauma care. This bill would create a grant program providing for the allocation of $20 million dollars to trauma centers which would enable military trauma teams to provide trauma care and related acute care at such trauma centers. The bill also provides for the allocation of another $20 million dollars which would enable military trauma care providers to do the same.
In June, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report entitled “A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury.” This report includes a recommendation that the Secretary of Defense develop integrated, permanent joint civilian and military trauma system training platforms to help create and sustain an expert trauma workforce. As a result, TCAA has been involved in the development of this legislation and is pleased to support it.
New CMS Emergency Preparedness Rules
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to establish emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals and other health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The regulations are effective on November 15, 2016 and must be implemented by November 15, 2017.
According to the rule, providers will be required to develop plans to respond to disasters and coordinate with federal, state tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems to ensure. Specifically, the rule requires Medicare and Medicaid providers to meet the following best practice standards:
1. Emergency plan: Based on a risk assessment, develop an emergency plan using an all-hazards approach focusing on capacities and capabilities that are critical to preparedness for a full spectrum of emergencies or disasters specific to the location of a provider or supplier.
2. Policies and procedures: Develop and implement policies and procedures based on the plan and risk assessment.
3. Communication plan: Develop and maintain a communication plan that complies with both Federal and State law. Patient care must be well-coordinated within the facility, across health care providers, and with State and local public health departments and emergency systems.
4. Training and testing program: Develop and maintain training and testing programs, including initial and annual trainings, and conduct drills and exercises or participate in an actual incident that tests the plan.
The full text of the regulation is available at the following link: Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers
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2016 Trauma Center Finance Study: Participation Needed
TCAA’s most sought after data is the study Trauma Charges and Collections. Participate now in the Trauma Center Finance and benchmark your facility against others in the country on pertinent data including codes, charges, collections and reimbursement. The data compiled will result in a report sorted by region, national, and trauma center designation level. TCAA members are encouraged to participate so the results are complete and comprehensive resulting in a valid study. Please complete and return to TCAA by October 31, 2016.
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