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GAO Publishes New Study on Pediatric Trauma Centers

Pedi TraumaThe Government Accounting Office (GAO) has published a report on Pediatric Trauma Centers that summarizes pediatric trauma care in the U.S. Click on the link below for a copy of this report:

PEDIATRIC TRAUMA CENTERS

Anti-Trust Challenge by AmeriCare in Orange County Dismissed

AmericareAmeriCare Ambulance's combined complaint against twelve cities in Orange County (CA) for alleged anti-trust behavior has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The 12 cities had either provided or contracted for emergency ambulance services prior to June 30, 1980. In its dismissal action on March 28th, the Court ruled these cities are entitled to anti-trust protection under California's Health & Safety Code, Division 2.5, Section 1797.201. An appeal by AmeriCare to the 9th Circuit District Court of Appeals is expected. The Court's ruling is found below:
 

California Fire Chiefs Withdraw Lawsuit Over EMS Statute

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As a result of the recent dismissal of a complaint by AmeriCare Ambulance by the U.S. District Court regarding anti-trust issues in Orange County (CA), the California Fire Chiefs' Association has now withdrawn a complaint it filed in federal court on January 18, 2017. The new complaint alleged violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act by California EMS Authority officials. EMS Authority Director, Dr. Howard Backer, and Chief Deputy Director, Dan Smiley, were named as defendants.
 
In November 2015, the Fire Chiefs had filed a previous lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to resolve a long-standing dispute over interpretation of lawmakers' intent regarding anti-trust protection for cities and fire districts that were providing emergency medical services prior to enactment of California's EMS Act in 1980. In that case, the defendants' motion to dismiss was granted by the District Court on December 26, 2016.
 
CFCA's complaints and the Court's ruling can be found below: 
 

UC Berkeley Publishes Report on California's Private Sector EMS Workers

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The UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education has published a new report that finds many of California's private sector EMTs and Paramedics suffer from low wages and poor working conditions. Researchers from UC Berkeley and UCLA found that 22% of the State's EMS workers are employed by private ambulance companies that operate 81% of all EMS ambulances. Employee retention, turnover, effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, part-time work schedules, and inadequate training are also cited as challenges in the industry.
Follow this link for a copy of this report:  UC BERKELEY EMS WORKER REPORT

EMSAAC Conducts Successful Workshop

WorkshopOn August 9th EMS Administrators and staff met in Rancho Cordova for a one-day workshop on EMT discipline and local EMS agency oversight for EMS aircraft. The goal of the workshop was to discuss standardizing procedures and policies used by local EMS agencies for these two areas. The focus for the EMT discipline discussion was how to handle the most common scenario that can result in taking action on a certification: an EMT with a first time drug/alcohol related arrest/conviction. LEMSA Administrators agreed to uniformly follow guidelines for Model Disciplinary Orders published by the California EMS Authority. For EMS aircraft it was also agreed to: 1) accept electronic patient care data from air ambulance providers in the most current version of NEMSIS, and 2) encourage air ambulance providers to develop a standardized set of treatment protocols for both flight medics and flight nurses to be used statewide.

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