The California Ambulance Association has announced that Ross Elliott has been selected as the organization's new Executive Director. In this role, he will oversee day-to-day operations of the association and lead CAA's policy activities, including its work in advancing the delivery of excellent pre-hospital care to the people of California. For the past year, Ross served the Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California (EMSAAC) as Executive Director where he worked with local EMS agencies to improve system performance statewide. Previous to that he served ten years as the Director of Emergency Medical Services for Kern County leading the agency through an EMS system redesign, creating and implementing performance standards, and starting programs for the coordinated treatment of strokes and heart attacks.
EMSAAC's Execuitive Committee has appointed President-Elect Dan Lynch from Central California EMS Agency as President to fill the vacancy left by Michael Petrie who stepped down as EMSAAC's President on February 27th. Mr. Petrie resigned as Director for Santa Clara County EMS, triggering action by the Executive Committee under the Association's By Laws to appoint a successor to complete the President's term. Mr. Lynch will take the gavel at our March 17th Board meeting in Los Angeles, and will continue to serve for another year of his duly-elected term beginning in July.
UPDATE: The California EMS Authority has released proposed emergency regulations governing appeals of local EMS Plan denial by the Authority. Under current statute, local EMS agencies are required to submit their EMS Plan to the Authority for review. These emergency regs are expected to be approved by the EMS Commission on March 18th in Los Angeles. Emergency regulations normally expire after six months, so a similar set of permanent regulations is also in the pipeline for approval later this year. A link to the draft emergency regulations is shown below:
Alameda County is preparing to begin a process of re-designing it's EMS system. The first part of that process will be the hiring of a consultant to help with the system re-design process and the development of a new RFP for a provider(s) based on that re-design. Follow the link below for the RFP for a consultant:
The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is conducting an assessment survey of EMS Administrators, providers and others to determine interest in standardized methodology for the licensing and credentialing of EMS personnel from state to state. The survey is available online and must be completed by March 31, 2015. For more details regarding this project, please download the document below: