EMS RulE update available for public comment
As most of you know, the Vermont Department of Health is in the process of updating our EMS Rule. For the last few months our office has been working with stakeholder groups to make relevant changes designed to improve our EMS system. The proposed rule is available for public comment now through 31 March, 2017 at: http://www.healthvermont.gov/about-us/laws-regulations/public-comment. The website details how to submit comments to the Department of Health and provides details for the public hearings that will be held on:
Fri. 3/10 14:00-15:00 BURLINGTON – Vermont Department of Health, 108 Cherry Street
Mon. 3/13 1800-1900 RUTLAND – Comfort Inn, 19 Allen Street
Tues. 3/14 1800-1900 BENNINGTON – Hampton Inn, 51 Hannaford Square
Mon. 3/20 1800-1900 NEWPORT – Newport City Inn & Suites, 444 E. Main Street
Wed., 3/22 1800-1900 BRATTLEBORO – Comfort Inn & Suites, 1186 Putney Road
Please note that the public sessions are designed for the recording of comments and are not a presentation or intended for extensive dialogue on the proposed rule changes. As is the case with all rulemakings, comments will be documented and reviewed by the Department. Department responses to comments will be filed with the rule prior to adoption.
If anyone has any questions regarding the public comment process, please feel free to contact our office.
American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Award!
Mission: Lifeline® Emergency Medical System (EMS) Recognition is the newest platform added to the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline recognition program. It seeks to acknowledge the work, training and commitment by EMS agencies and Medical First Responders (MFRs) to improve the overall quality of care for the STEMI patient, by directly influencing the STEMI System of Care. This year, voluntary reporting measures have been added which include EMS care of stroke patients and cardiac arrest victims as well.
The American Heart Association is taking applications for its 2017 Mission: Lifeline Award beginning January 1. For agencies interested in applying, please view the Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Guide for the 2017 performance measures, qualification criteria, and how to apply.