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West Virginia Office of EMS News

Showing the last 180 days of news items.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


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.

Friday, November 16, 2018

WVU Traffic Pattern Change

Beginning Monday November 19th at 5:00 am the entrance to the WVU Emergency Department will be re-routed. This temporary road will allow construction to begin for the POC Level 5 and 6 Vertical Expansion Project. The re-route is expected to remain until late Summer 2019. Existing signage will be adjusted and new signage will clearly mark the new route. Security will be present to assist initial traffic flow. The north POC door will remain open for pedestrian traffic for the duration of the project.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Not hearing from OEMS?

If you are not receiving emails or other correspondence from OEMS, please update your profile in the Continuum system with correct mailing and email addresses. This contact information is how OEMS communicates with EMS personnel. Thanks for your assistance and cooperation.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Potential Email Scam

Please monitor emails that you receive cautiously. OEMS has had reports of individuals receiving emails from false TSN email addresses. TSN is no longer working with OEMS on any projects. These emails could contain viruses or allow hackers access to your information/computers. Be safe out there!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) meeting Canceled

The meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) and Medical Command Committee scheduled consecutively starting Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the WV Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601 have been canceled.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

National Registry Implementation Roll Out Sessions

NATIONAL REGISTRY IMPLEMENTATION ROLL OUT SESSIONS :1)October 10, 2018 5 PM Lake View Resort, Morgantown, WV, 2) ​November 26, 2018 2 PM Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Moorefield, WV, 3)​November 27, 2018 2 PM Marion County Rescue Squad, Fairmont, WV, 4) November 28, 2018 10 AM Parkersburg Fire Department, Parkersburg, WV, 5) November 28, 2018 2 PM Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Charleston, WV and 6) ​November 29, 2018 10 AM National Mine Academy, Beaver, WV

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

MPCC Friday, October 26, 2018 9:00 AM

The meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the WV Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. The meeting of the Medical Command Committee will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 immediately following the MPCC meeting.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Emergency Neurological Life Support Course

Just a reminder…the Emergency Neurological Life Support event is a one day course on October 19, 2018 At the SMMC Center for Education offered by the Neurocritical Care Society. The course provides 15 CME/CE/ACPE. The Registration deadline is quickly approaching, so Please Register early, as the price doubles on Oct. 1st. Register at www.st-marys.org/conferences/enls. For more information, click on the title above.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Nerve Agent Information for EMS, Hospitals Now Available

Following the recent nerve agent poisonings in the United Kingdom, the emergency response community has requested information and advice to enhance preparedness. "Nerve Agent Information for Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals" serves as a refresher on standard protocols for recognizing, treating and protecting oneself from nerve agent exposures. For more information and to find the document link, click on the title above.

Online Application Fixed

Recently, an problem in the Online Application system was identified. Anyone who created a new account in Continuum and then attempted to complete an application for first time certification received the message that their user name and/or password was unknown. This error has been fixed. Anyone experiencing Online Application login problems should: 1) verify their ability to log into Continuum and 2) Verify that their Continuum password has been changed from the default login. If after confirming the above, the person still has issues login into Online Application system, the person should call 304-356-4482 and speak with Robert Dozier.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

ACT Task Force Meeting Sept 19, 2018

A meeting of the Advanced Care Technician (ACT) Task Force on September 19, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the Flatwoods Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard Minnich Dr. Flatwoods, West Virginia. For more information, click on the title above.The Task Force meeting will be open to the public and publicly noticed with the West Virginia Secretary of State's office.

International Overdose Awareness Day

In conjunction with this year’s International Overdose Awareness Day, CDC has released the 2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes – United States that shows the effects of the prescription and illicit drug crisis impacting the nation. The data show the latest information available on the drug epidemic in America, including various health outcomes, health behaviors, prescribing patterns, overdose, and death. For more information, click on the title above.

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. For more information, click the title above.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Remembering Howard CJ Fortner August 9, 1960 - August 24, 2018

Howard C (C.J.) Fortner, age 58, of Cool Ridge, WV, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 24, 2018. C.J. Was born in Frankfort, KY, and was the son of the late Iva M. Richmond Fortner. He was the Assistant Chief of Operations at Jan Care Ambulance for 23 years and was a member of the Beckley First Church of the Nazarene. For more information click on the title above.

Fentanyl Safety Video

Justice Department announces release of new fentanyl safety video for first responders – The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance today released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders’ companion training video Fentanyl: The Real Deal. The video was produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job. The video is available here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/key-issues/fentanyl/ . For more information click on the title above.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

National Registry Recertification Reminder

All EMTs, Advanced-EMTs, and Paramedics due to recertify their National EMS Certification by March 31, 2019 are required to use the National Continued Competency Program (NCCP). As a reminder: 1) Refresher Course and Continuing Education components are now represented as National, Local and Individual. 2) EMS-related continuing education that reflects the current standards of practice and met the requirements of the traditional descriptions will transfer to meet the requirements of the NCCP model. 3) The NCCP recertification hours are: A)Paramedic: a total of 60 B)AEMT: a total of 50 hours EMT: a total of 40 hours C)EMR: a total of 16 hours. For more information, click on the title above.

Reminder:EMS Billing Codes For Suspected Overdose

The Bureau for Medical Services would like to remind all EMS first responders of the two new billing codes that were opened through the SUD Waiver program on January 14, 2018. These codes are specifically for EMS first responders serving West Virginia Medicaid members with a suspected overdose. The two new services are Naloxone Administered by EMS (A00998) and Referral to Treatment by EMS (H0050). You can bill for the administering of Naloxone regardless if the member is transported to the ER or not. Similarly, you can bill for the Referral to Treatment by EMS as long as information is shared with the member about the availability of local SUD services and/or the 1-844-HELP4WV helpline, regardless if the member agrees to seek treatment or not. For more information, click on the title above.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Why you became an EMS professional?

Please send me (Melissa.j.raynes@wv.gov) your videos or stories that explain why you became an EMS professional. I would like to share these on The Positive Stories section of the wvoems.org website. Please click on the link below to view why Ed Sparks with Marion County Rescue Squad became a paramedic. He has been serving his community for 37 years! Thank you, Ed for sharing your story with all of us. You are an inspiration and a great role model!!! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=576380959402696&id=548707185503407&_rdr

Monday, August 20, 2018

EMSAC September 11 2018 at 1:00 PM

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) will be held on September 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.

Friday, August 10, 2018

WVU First Responder Appreciation Games: Youngstown St. Sept. 8 and Baylor Oct. 25

The WVU First Responder Appreciation games are the Youngstown St. game on Sat., Sept. 8 at 6 PM and the Baylor game on Thurs. Oct. 25, time TBD . For more information, click on the title above.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Situational Awareness

WV Health Advisory 149 provides guidance for healthcare providers and emergency departments. To download the advisory, click on the title above.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

WV Designated Stroke Centers

As of August 1, 2018, WV now has designated stroke centers. This designation has been implemented as a result of SB510 which was passed in the WV Legislature in 2017. WV OEMS will be updating the listing and map of designated stroke centers at least annually.For more information or to download a list of the designated centered, click on the title above

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