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June 2016

June 2016






Testimony Before The House Committee On Energy And Commerce

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on Friday, June 24, 2016, at 9:15 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building entitled “Strengthening our National Trauma System.” Jorie Klein, R.N. Director of Trauma Program, Parkland Health & Hospital System will provide testimony on behalf of Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA).  The hearing webcast will be available at

Trauma Program Funding

On Tuesday, June 7th, Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois was successful in having language related to Trauma Service Availability and Systems Development included in the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies final report on FY2017 Appropriations. Although the Subcommittee eliminated trauma program funding from the bill, they encourage continued support of trauma sustainability and availability.  See report language below.

Trauma Service Availability and Systems Development.—The Committee continues to support efforts to improve trauma center sustainability and service availability in rural, exurban, suburban, and urban locations. The Committee encourages ASPR to develop a proposal for how trauma center improvements could be made in these areas to address problems with trauma care resiliency and reach to unserved populations. In doing so, ASPR should incorporate its analysis of the ability of existing trauma care infrastructure to respond to mass casualty events in a variety of geographic locations previously requested by the Committee.  

Click here for the full text of the report


National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report on Trauma Care 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in collaboration with TCAA and our peers are pleased to announce the release of the Report by the Committee on Military Trauma Care’s Learning Health System and its Translation to the Civilian Sector.  

The Committee on Military Trauma Care’s Learning Health System and its Translation to the Civilian Sector was asked to define the components of a learning health system necessary to enable continued improvement in military and civilian trauma care, and provide recommendations to ensure that lessons learned from the military’s experiences are sustained and built upon for future combat operations and translated in into the civilian sector.  The report presents a vision for a national trauma care system.

Click here for a full list of Committee recommendations.

For more information on the committee please visit the website:

Representatives Hudson and Butterfield Launch Pediatric Trauma Caucus

Representative Hudson (NC) and Representative Butterfield (NC) held a briefing on Thursday, May 26th to launch the Pediatric Trauma Caucus. Richard Childress, Co-Founder of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, was featured on the panel of experts. The briefing emphasized the importance of the continued commitment to research and adaption around pediatric trauma. Caucus goals include making sure rural hospitals are equipped with the necessary resources to provide trauma care.  They intend to accomplish this task by developing triage and transfer guidance to aid in determining when children need to be transferred to trauma-specialized centers.  The societal conversation must shift from a focus on sports-related trauma and concussions to a discussion of the numerous circumstances in which trauma can occur. In addition, trauma survivors need more advanced rehabilitation. In sum, pediatric trauma involves prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation, all areas in need of additional research and resources.


Latest Ask Traumacare

·        Just released:  Geriatric Trauma Program

·        Open Now:  FAST Exams

·        Coming Up:  Trauma Program Manager Workload

·        Coming Up:  Educational needs of a registrar

Committee news

Advocacy Committee (Heidi Gartland, Russ Molloy and Chevonna Nimmons reporting)

·        MACRA

·        RFP - Federal Advocacy Interviews

·        Chevonna Nimmons has joined the Advocacy Team, focusing on State advocacy

·        Trauma Center Outpatient Reimbursement study

Annual Meeting Committee (Janet Cortez reporting)

·        Conference Agenda / Speaker List completed for 2016

·        Site selection for 2017 in Myrtle Beach

·        Agenda development / Speaker list for 2017

Disaster Preparedness Committee (Sarah Seiler reporting)

·        Webinar on Chapter 20 in the fall

·        Focus on helping trauma centers integrate into the hospital emergency management planning

·        HPP collaboration

·        Disaster Resource page update on the TCAA website

Education Committee (Janet Cortez reporting on behalf of Cecile D'Huyvetter)

·        Exemplars selected for 2016

·        Exemplars who were not selected for podiums are being mentored for posters

·        Poster deadline is August 20th

Member Services Committee (Cheri White reporting)

·        Fellows selected - Terrie Steward and Niki Rasnake completed their fellowship this spring

·        Niki Rasnake added to Member Services Committee

·        Lois Blough to represent TCAA at NASEMSO in September

·        Continued support of Higher Logic forum - TCAAConnect

·        Focus on improving member benefits and communicating to all positions rather than limiting to TPM

Injury Prevention Committee (Joanne Fairchild reporting)

·        Webinar with ATS on Trauma Survivor; Webinar on Safe Steps for Seniors

·        Upcoming webinars on Workplace Violence and "How to do IP with no money for the Level III's"

·        IP calendar of activities on website

·        Seeking grant funding for Senior Falls registry

·        Continued support of Higher Logic forum for IP Coordinators

Pediatric Trauma Center Committee (David Meagher reporting)

·        TCAA Study in development – Resources for combined vs stand-alone pediatric centers

·        Webinars scheduled for 2016 and early 2017. Topics include:

o   Pain Management of the Pediatric Patient with Fractures

o   Peds Neurotrauma update

o   Open Fracture Update

o   Burns for non-Burn Centers

o   Pediatrics best practice in solid organ injuries    

·        Ask Traumacare completed: MTP/TEG, Ped PI filters

Reimbursement Committee (Larry Reed reporting)

·        No meeting in May

·        Finance Consultation visit proposal and subcommittee

·        Upcoming studies: Charges & Collections, Pediatric Resources

·        Seeking Disaster Activation fee

·        Reimbursement Consortium with AAST; survey focused on physician knowledge of coding and reimbursements. Dr. Reed serves as Chair

Systems Committee

·        TCAA Study - Rural Trauma Care; will do Ask Traumacare survey to gather baseline data

·        NC OEMS pilot program to focus on trauma center funding and legislative advocacy

·        Define a road map for 2016 and beyond to include development of a Systems Model for states, including both urban and rural areas



Melissa Thorson, 2014 TCAA Fellow has completed her project, "Maximizing Professional Billing in Trauma Care". Click here to view. 


REMINDER:  New Membership Invoicing Schedule

Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) is updating our invoicing procedure effective April, 2016. TCAA is moving to a January to December calendar year fee schedule.  We feel this dues schedule will help streamline our accounting process and provide a better system of organization for our members.  We will be pro-rating your 2016 membership dues accordingly. Contact us with any questions at 704-360-4665.

Please make sure you update your Accounts Payable office with our new address:

108 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 103

Mooresville, NC  28117



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