It has been a busy few months, so I will take this moment to give a few updates that you all might find interesting or pertinent.
First off, the proposed rules have made it through hearing and have been filed. Final rules went into effect Jan. 25, 2013. Changes were made to OARs 333-250s, OARs 333-255, and OAR 333-265s. These rules addressed changes such as adding requirements for the EMT-Intermediate course curriculum. The rules also addressed Advanced EMT internship requirements. In addition, the requirement for a current state license in another state was removed for reciprocity applicants. You will also find definitions for qualified drivers and rural agencies in these rules. Standard variance language was created for OAR 333-255-0071 and OAR 333-255-0072 for rural agencies ground ambulance operating requirements when providing intermediate or advances level care.
In the EMS world of data, the second quarter of data has now been submitted to NEMSIS. We are currently covering only 14 percent of Oregon’s population with current agencies that report their patient data. EMS and Trauma plans to move forward by asking more agencies to submit their data and by helping agencies that need assistance to submit their data. The program’s goals for this year will be to represent 75 percent of the population with collected data, validate data, create a quality improvement strategy, and provide dashboard data for Oregon. The program has sent out an Image Trend survey to identify roadblocks to submitting data by either using Image Trend or submitting data into Image Trend. We are working on creating dashboards with our current data that can be released on a quarterly basis. We need this data to move Oregon EMS ahead into a proficient and efficient system.
The State Emergency Medical Services Committee (SEMSC) and the State Trauma Advisory Board (STAB) just filled vacancies for new members after some members’ terms expired. The Oregon Health Authority; EMS and Trauma Program would like to thank the retired members for their devotion, commitment and passion in EMS and Trauma. We sadly say farewell to STAB members Robert Vissers, M.D., Nicole VanDerHayden, M.D., Nathan Kemalyan, M.D., and SEMSC member Johnny Mack. However, we are excited to welcome new STAB members Thaddeus Bishop, a paramedic filling the role of EMS provider; Eric Blankenship, R.N., filling the role of an emergency department nurse; Melissa Doherty, M.D., representing an emergency department physician; and Travis Littman, M.D., representing a general surgeon. We are also excited to announce new SEMSC members Edward Freysinger, filling the role of a hospital administrator who is the CEO for Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital; and Gary Heigel, paramedic representing a community college. Heigel is the department chair of the Paramedic Program for Rogue Community College
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