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Emergency Medical Services

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Charleston WV, 25301

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West Virginia Office of EMS News

Showing the last 180 days of news items.Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) Meeting

The meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) will be held on Tuesday May 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the WV Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. EMSAC Subcommittees will meet prior to the EMSAC meeting beginning 9:00 AM with the Special Interest subcommittee, 9:45 AM Administration subcommittee, 10:30 AM Safety subcommittee, 11:15 AM Policy/Procedure & Protocol subcommittee and 12:00 for the Training subcommittee.

Monday, April 8, 2019

RCA Academy

The following are two additional dates that the West Virginia Recovery Coach Academy is offering. If you are an EMS field provider, firefighter, or law enforcement and your agency cannot cover the $350.00 course fee, please send an e-mail to John Unger at GRaCEWestVirginia@gmail.com to seek potential scholarships or additional information regarding the training.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) Meeting

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) Meeting will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:00 AM at the WV Medical Coordination Center

Monday, April 1, 2019

DEA -NEW ONLINE THEFT AND LOSS REPORTING POLICY

Here is the new policy for DEA Online Theft and Loss Reporting document.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Recognizing Outstanding Individuals and Organizations for Dedicated Delivery of Patient Care

The Office of EMS would like to recognize hard-working individuals and/or organizations for their dedicated and outstanding efforts in the delivery of patient care in West Virginia.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

March 2019 EMSAC Meeting

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) will be held on March 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. EMSAC Subcommittees will meet prior to the EMSAC meeting beginning 9:00 AM with the Special Interest subcommittee, 9:45 AM Administration subcommittee, 10:30 AM Safety subcommittee, 11:15 AM Policy/Procedure & Protocol subcommittee and 12:00 for the Training subcommittee.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Education Policy Update

There are new documents available regarding OEMS Education Policy Updates. Education Policy Continuum Release

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Farewell

I wanted to let you know that I have resigned as the Director of WV OEMS. I am leaving state government and have accepted a position in the private sector. I have learned a great deal over the past five years in this role. I am taking with me not only that knowledge, but many friendships and great memories. We have accomplished a great deal and had many successes. I am looking forward to watching your continued progress (as a private citizen) throughout 2019 and beyond. I am confident that the WV EMS system will continue to lead the nation. Best wishes for your continued success!!!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Ambulance Reimbursement WV-18-005 Approval

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed its review of West Virginia’s State Plan Amendment (SPA) 18-005, Ambulance Reimbursement. We are pleased to inform you that this SPA is approved with an effective date of January 1, 2019. Enclosed is a copy of the CMS Summary Page (CMS-179 form) and the approved State Plan page. If you have further questions about this SPA, please contact Dan Belnap of my staff at 215-861-4273.

Volunteer Opportunity for EMS Personnel

Since March 2018, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health, has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of confirmed cases of acute Hepatitis A virus (HAV) across the state. The HAV outbreak in West Virginia includes over 2,000 confirmed cases in 40 counties. BPH is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide HAV vaccine to at-risk populations and are assisting Local Health Departments to implement vaccination strategies across the state. As part of this statewide initiative, BPH will be coordinating and participating in a series of vaccination clinics in January 2019. We are currently targeting 7 Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) Comprehensive Treatment Centers located in Raleigh, Harrison, Wood, Mingo, Kanawha, Ohio and Cabell counties. The times for the clinics will be from 5:00 am to 1:00 pm with the first taking place in Cabell County on January 4, 2019.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Passage of SIREN ACT: Federal Grants for Rural Agencies

Passage of SIREN Act to provide federal grants for rural agencies To read more about this legislation, please click on the link” https://www.emsworld.com/news/1221880/passage-siren-act-provide-federal-grants-rural-agencies

Monday, December 17, 2018

Nemsis V3 Update

As vendors pass testing, they are placed on the EMSPIC website: https://www.emspic.org/applications/continuum/ Scroll down to the section labeled "Approved to Send Data to the West Virginia Office of EMS." Currently approved vendors include: Beyond Lucid Technologies emsCharts ImageTrend RAM Software Systems

West Virginia Active Threat EMS

The West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (WVOEMS) and the West Virginia Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) have been working over the past year to evaluate and implement training for first responders specifically relating to active threat situations. This has been no small undertaking as many agencies tend to drift in one direction or another. No program of this nature can be successful without buy-in from all agencies respectively. Acts of violence present unusual circumstances that require a collaborative response from public safety agencies to mitigate the threats and to provide immediate treatment to those injured.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

EMSAC Meeting at 2PM

EMSAC will be held at 2PM at Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority located at 601 Brook Street, Charleston, WV 25301. The phone number is 304-345-2312 should you need directions. Parking may be somewhat of an issue but you can park in the hospital parking garage and walk across the street if need be.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Health Advisory 153

The WV Health Advisory 153 is a health advisory about Priorities and clinical considerations for the Hepatitis A Outbreak. Please read then distribute to appropriate staff and public health partners.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) Meeting

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) will be held on December 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. EMSAC Subcommittees will meet prior to the EMSAC meeting beginning 9:00 AM with the Special Interest subcommittee, 9:45 AM Administration subcommittee, 10:30 AM Safety subcommittee, 11:15 AM Policy/Procedure & Protocol subcommittee and 12:00 for the Training subcommittee.

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