Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

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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

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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:
 
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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U.S. District Court regarding anti-trust issues in Orange County (CA), the California Fire Chiefs' Association has now withdrawn a complaint it filed in federal court on January 18, 2017.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: 
 
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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
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Governor Reappoints Dan Burch to EMS Commission

DBurchOn January 9th Governor Brown announced the reappointment of Dan Burch to the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services, where he has served since 2013. Mr. Burch has been EMS Administrator at the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency since 2005. He was a coordinator at the Tuolumne County Emergency Medical Services Agency from 1997 to 2005 and a quality improvement coordinator at the Alpine, Mother Lode, San Joaquin Emergency Medical Services Agency from 1991 to 1997. Mr. Burch served as a hospital corpsman 3rd class in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1986. He is a member of the Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California and the American Legion Post 108. EMSAAC congratulates our colleague on his reappointment to this important role.

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CSAC Honors Dan Burch With "Circle Of Service" Award

DBurch CSAC AwardOn Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Dan Burch was recognized by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) with their Circle of Service Award. Mr. Burch, EMS Administrator for San Joaquin County EMS Agency and current Chair of EMSAAC's Legislative Committee, was recognized for his work and dedication representing the interests of counties in various EMS stakeholder processes and legislative issues.  EMSAAC is very proud of our colleague and congratulates Dan on this recognition!

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2016 California EMS Awards Presented

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Sam Stratton                                                                       Miles Julihn                                               Dr. Sam Stratton
The California EMS Authority recognized its 2016 EMS Award Recipients at a luncheon held on December 14th in San Francisco. This year's awardees included Miles Julihn from Marin County EMS, who was recognized as EMS Administrator of the Year, and Dr. Sam Stratton from Orange County EMS, who was honored as EMS Medical Director of the Year. The awards ceremony followed the quarterly meeting of the EMS Commission at the Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel. For a complete listing of this year's honorees, please go to:  2016 EMS AWARD RECIPIENTS     
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Contra Costa EMS Hosts First Annual Survivors' Reunion Celebration

CCC EMSOn November 9th, Contra Costa County EMS hosted its First Annual EMS Survivors' Reunion Program. For more information on this celebration and its honorees, click on the link below:

EMS SURVIVORS' REUNION PROGRAM

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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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CAA Files Complaint with Alameda County Board of Supervisors

CAAThe California Ambulance Association has filed a complaint with Alameda's Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed formation of a business partnership between Alameda County Fire Department and a private ambulance company. CAA's concern is that the partnership or "alliance" would position ACFD to participate in an upcoming competitive bidding process for an exclusive ambulance operating zone to be conducted by the EMS Agency, and would prohibit the private partner from submitting its own proposal for the exclusive service separately.  Since the Supervisors also sit as the Board of Directors for the dependent fire district formed in 1993, CAA contends there is an inherent conflict of interest in this matter for the elected officials. CAA further believes this action will effectively preempt the upcoming RFP process. The CAA also protested a similar parallel process that occurred in Contra Costa County in 2015.
 
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