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  • 3 Jan 2024 8:15 AM | Anonymous


    Leveraging DOT Grant Funds for EMS Crash Response Improvement

    Hosted by NHTSA’s Office of EMS on January 16 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

    Learn how EMS Agencies are taking advantage of Department of Transportation (DOT) grant funding opportunities to improve EMS system response to roadside crashes.

    NHTSA’s Office of EMS will host a discussion with Fire Chief Bruce Evans with the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District and Paul Teicher, Transportation Policy Analyst at U.S. DOT to share information and best practices to help EMS agencies nationwide prepare to apply for the upcoming Safe Streets for All (SS4A) grant program.


    Panelists Include:

    • Gam Wijetunge, Director, NHTSA’s Office of EMS
    • Paul Teicher, Senior Policy Analyst, DOT - Office of the Secretary (OST)
    • Bruce Evans, MPA, CFO, NRP, SPO, Fire Chief, Upper Pine River Fire Protection District

    Attendees will be encouraged to submit questions during any point of the discussion. The webinar and Q&A will last approximately one hour. Sign up to get email updates about this webinar series, new projects and more.

    About EMS Focus

    EMS Focus provides a venue to discuss crucial initiatives, issues and challenges for EMS stakeholders and leaders nationwide. Be sure to visit for information about upcoming webinars and to view past recordings.

    We are committed to providing equal access to this webinar for all participants. Persons with disabilities in need of an accommodation should contact to request an accommodation no later than Friday, January 12. 

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  • 19 Dec 2023 6:59 PM | Anonymous

    Did you our webinar on Tuesday, December 19? 

    You can now access our webinars On Demand by hovering over 'Events' and clicking 'On Demand'. 

    The recording and slides from Tuesday's Unveiling the Financial Landscape webinar with EMSRB Executive Director Dylan Ferguson are now available. 

  • 30 Nov 2023 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    Discover New Resources Available on

    View the latest EMS By the Numbers - October 2023

    EMS By the Numbers is provided by NHTSA in an effort to help State EMS Officials track particular EMS activations. It originated during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide current information regarding temporal variations in the type and characteristics of EMS activations In addition to Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) and COVID-19 data, it also includes trends in EMS response to Cardiac Arrest, Scene Death, Injury, Vehicle Crashes, and Opioid-Related Activations.

    Access the most recent version of this document that was released in October 2023.

    View EMS By the Numbers

    New EMS and Fire Grant Funding Opportunities Available from USFA

    USFA has released the Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services, which outlines various grants and innovative funding alternatives available for EMS and fire protection services. EMS agencies are encouraged to review this document and explore the grant opportunities available for your state.

    Review Grant Funding Opportunities 

    NIOSH Advisory on PPE Recommendations for Responding to Chemical Suicide Incidents

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has partnered with the leading experts from the Pennsylvania Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians to release a new Safety and Health Advisory. The Personal Protective Equipment Recommendations for Response to Chemical Suicide Incidents advisory aims to provide responders with critical guidelines on the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) when attending to chemical suicide scenarios. This advisory can be used as a guideline to provide personal protective equipment recommendations for first responders to minimize the likelihood of exposures, injuries and fatalities during chemical suicide incidents. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat

    Read the Advisory Here

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  • 21 Sep 2023 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    On Wednesday, September 20 the EMS Delivery & Sustainability Task Force met for the second time. The agenda for this meeting included

    • a presentation from Dylan Ferguson, Executive Director of Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board  
    • a review of the OLA EMS Report 
    • Brainstorming session on meeting topics

    View the recorded meeting

    View the minutes from meeting #1 

  • 19 Jul 2023 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Ambulance Association is proud to be partnering with the Southwest and South Central EMS Regional programs to host a Mental Health & Wellness Summit designed specifically for EMS Providers and their significant others. 

    Join us in New Ulm August 27-29 and learn how to live a great life because of what we do, not in spite of it! 

    View full event details, and register, here. 

  • 22 Jun 2023 7:17 AM | Anonymous

    Gordy Vosberg, our longstanding MAA Legislative Committee Chair has retired. We wish Gordy the best in his retirement and thank him for his years of dedicated service and leadership. 

    On June 9, 2023, the Minnesota Ambulance Association appointed Tom Fennell and Dane Meyer as the new Co-Chairs of the MAA Legislative Committee. We appreciate their willingness to serve and look forward to their leadership. Congratulations Tom & Dane!

  • 22 Jun 2023 6:20 AM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Office of Higher Ed has published a website outlining preliminary details of the MN Paramedic Scholarship Program. 

    The Minnesota Paramedic Scholarship will begin in Fall 2024

    The Minnesota Paramedic Scholarship is a temporary scholarship program for Minnesota residents completing a paramedic diploma or degree. It was passed during the 2023 Minnesota Legislative session to increase the number of licensed paramedics in Minnesota. A one-time appropriation for $3 million will provide up to 600 scholarships of $5000 each starting Fall 2024 to be awarded by June 30, 2026.

    Click here to read more on the OHE website.

    Workforce Development is a top priority for the Minnesota Ambulance Association. We are proud to see that the advocacy efforts of our members and partners resulted in this initiative being funded this session.  

  • 31 May 2023 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Ambulance Association is seeking RFPs for a Mental Health & Wellness Summit for EMS providers and professionals in August, 2023.

    View full details here: 2023.05_RFP_WellnessEducation_Final.pdf

    Proposals are due June 14, 2023. 

    Questions and proposals can be sent to 

  • 17 Apr 2023 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Ground Ambulance Providers and Suppliers,

    Starting January 1, 2023, ground ambulance organizations selected in  Year 1 and Year 2 are required to report cost, utilization, revenue, and other information to CMS within 5 months after your data collection period ends. Organizations that fail to report may be subject to a 10% payment reduction. 

    Ground ambulance organizations selected in Year 3 and Year 4 will begin collecting data in 2023 and reporting data beginning in 2024. 

    Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System: Office Hours Session — April 27

    Thursday, April 27 from 2–3 pm ET

    Register for this webinar.                      

    We divided the office hours session into 2 topics:

    • 2–2:30 pm: CMS will answer live questions on the data collection requirements (such as what am I required to collect and when do I report?).  This part of the session is for all selected organizations in Years 1–4.
    • 2:30–3 pm: We’ll answer live questions about registering and requesting access to the Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System portal. This part is for selected organizations in Years 1–2 who are required to report beginning in 2023.

    Visit Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System for:

    • Lists of ground ambulance organizations selected in Years 1–2 required to collect information starting in 2022 and report information starting in 2023
    • Organizations selected in Years 3–4 required to collect information starting in 2023 and report information starting in 2024
    • FAQs
  • 14 Apr 2023 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    CMS has opened registration for the first set of meetings for the Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee (GAPBAC). The meetings are scheduled for May 2 and 3. To register for the virtual meetings, please click here.

    The formal notice of the meetings was posted in today’s Federal Register. To access a copy of the formal notice, please click here.

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