EMS Vitals, March 2019, Alaska State Office of EMS Newsletter

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MARCH 2019

CMS Announces New Voluntary Reimbursement Model

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation's (Innovation Center) has announced a new voluntary reimbursement Model. The Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) Model is a five-year payment model that will provide greater flexibility to ambulance care teams to address emergency health care needs of Medicare beneficiaries following a 911 call. More information may be found on the ET3 Model Website. We will post more information as it becomes available.

EMT Vaccine Administration Guidance

The Office of EMS has received an increasing number of inquiries regarding the process that allows EMTs to administer vaccines. In response we have released the following guidance:
Vaccination Memo, March 2019.

NEMSIS V2 to V3 Transition Goal

As of March 11th, 2019, there are 60 certified EMS agencies reporting National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) Version 3 (V3) data and 34 certified EMS agencies reporting NEMSIS Version 2 (V2) data. Our goal is to have all agencies reporting NEMSIS V3 data to the State Office of EMS by December 31st, 2019.

Educational Opportunities

Interior Region EMS Symposium
March 27th-30th, 2019, Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, Alaska
See what's on the 25th Annual Interior Region EMS Council Symposium Agenda here. Don't miss out, register online at www.iremsc.org.

For a complete list of upcoming educational opportunities please click here.

Job Announcements  

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Southern Region EMS Council is hiring.

Questions regarding the application process or positions should be directed to Julie Pannone, (907)-562-6449.

Preventing Suicide In Your Community

It it is important to remember that no one—health care specialist, teacher, counselor, and not the most passionate and involved parent—can establish effective suicide prevention strategies alone. The participation, support, and active involvement of others in the community are essential for success. Take part in prevention for your community, check out the community checklist provided on page 44 and 45 within the State of Alaska Suicide Prevention Plan 2018-2022.

Visit the CARELINE Website or download the CARELINE App.

Quick Links

ET3 Model Fact Sheet
Vaccination Memo
Educational Opportunities
Job Announcements
Alaska Suicide Prevention Plan


March 27-30
Interior Region EMS Symposium, Fairbanks

March 31
EMS 2, 3 and Instructor State Recertification Deadline

April 24-28
Southeast Region 35th Annual EMS Symposium, Sitka

Governor's EMS Awards, Nominate here.

Click image above to nominate!

Pediatric Medical Direction

Alaska Native Medical Center

Providence Alaska Medical Center

Contact Us

PO BOX 110616
Juneau, Alaska 99811

Contact EMS Staff
Contact EMS Regions

Poison Help 1-800-222-1222
Careline 877-266-4357 AK Suicide Prevention + Help Line

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