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  • 08/17/2022 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for the first annual SCEMSA Leadership Conference

    Registration is open.  Learn more.

    This dynamic two day conference is targeted for EMS leaders at all levels. Professional development is an area in which our industry is traditionally underserved. To address this, the SCEMSA has recruited industry leaders from across the nation to share their knowledge and insights. 

    More details and registration will be sent out in the coming weeks, but make sure to save the dates and put money in your budget to attend the first-ever South Carolina EMS Association Leadership Conference!

    Dates: October 27 & 28, 2022

    Schedule: The conference will run from 0800-1630 each day.  Networking opportunities will be available throughout the day and in the evening.

    Location: Greenville One Center, 2 West Washington Street, Greenville, SC

  • 08/16/2022 1:37 PM | Anonymous

    The South Carolina EMS Association (SCEMSA) has released a position statement regarding NREMT Resolution 13 and accreditation.

    READ THE FULL POSITION STATEMENT HERE.

    If you have any questions, reach out to Henry Lewis or Austin Mandeville.


  • 06/30/2022 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    The South Carolina EMS Association (SCEMSA) is now accepting proposals for medicaid financing consulting services related to a statewide provider assessment on ambulance services.   SCEMSA in support of raising Medicaid reimbursement to ambulance companies, is seeking to design; to seek state legislative, state administrative and federal approval; and to implement a statewide provider assessment on emergency ambulance services. SCEMSA intends to award a contract to the bidder selected as the most qualified bidder whose response conforms to the RFP and meet’s the RFP’s requirements. That resulting contract will cover a multi‐year period that includes five full years of implementation of the statewide provider assessment on emergency ambulance services.

    Download the full RFP here.

    Confirm interest by 5 pm on July 8, 2022.  Submissions due August 1.

    For questions, contact rfp@scemsa.org.

  • 04/29/2022 12:06 PM | Anonymous

    From Henry Lewis, Executive Director:

    On behalf of the respective committee co-chairs, please find the highlights of the April SCEMSA Committee meetings listed below. Our committees meet quarterly with an option for additional meetings as needed. Please note that you can join a committee by selecting the committee in your profile settings by logging into the SCEMSA website. Committee chairs communicate information specific to their areas of focus by group email and you must be listed as a member to receive the most current information. You can email membership@scemsa.org for assistance in group subscriptions if needed.

    Advocacy and Legislation

    There will be a follow-up Advocacy email in the coming days that further explains the conclusion of the 2021/2022 124th General Assembly. Highlights of this session include our H.4601 “EMS as an Essential Service” bill that has made crossover and is in the final stages of approval in the Senate. We anticipate that bill will be ratified this year without opposition.

    Our EMS sustainability plan, which includes funding for the SCEMSA as well as additional funds to strengthen our educational programs, will likely go to conference committee. The House version of the budget fully funded our proposal; however, the Senate version did not. We will keep you informed as the process moves forward.

    The Advocacy Committee will continue to work after the General Assembly adjourns this year. They will be busy creating the upcoming legislative agenda for next session and looking to form our state’s first EMS Caucus.

    Education and Certification

    The Education Committee is working to develop an asynchronous EMT platform, non-linear paramedic program, and innovative reciprocity solutions. They are also developing survey tools for EMT students and EMT programs to aid in measuring outcomes and identifying barriers. Based on feedback from the educators across the state, they have also created the “Educators Corner” on our website, which serves as a repository for EMS education related documents.

    Membership

    Membership numbers continue to grow. The membership committee is working to bolster our incentives for vendor members and corporate partners. The membership committee is also evaluating the efficacy of an annual printed newsletter/magazine. We plan to work through the Board of Directors and the Membership Committee to host some in-person town hall style events across the state this summer to help raise awareness of SCEMSA activities and serve as a membership recruitment drive. 

    Disaster Preparedness

    The SCEMSA by virtue of the Disaster Preparedness Committee has been participating in Emergency Preparedness efforts at the state level. We are now listed as a supportive stakeholder in the State EOP under ESF 8. This means that we will be involved in evacuation efforts and/or other events as needed. The members of the Disaster Preparedness Committee will serve in these roles. A training outline is being created along with an SOP document to help organize our role.

    As part of the inclusion into ESF 8, the SCEMSA went before the State Healthcare Coalition (HCC) and presented our proposal for the state’s first EMS mobilization tool. We are proud to report that the HCC approved our request and has agreed to fund the build for this platform. This will be an online tool that has interoperability with ImageTrend as well the SCEMD Palmetto platform.

    The Disaster Preparedness Committee is also gauging interest on hosting some All Hazards Disaster Response trainings across the state. There will be an email survey distributed in the coming weeks.

    Health and Wellness

    We are continuing to work with SC FAST in our partnership with First Responder Mental Health/Peer Connect as a statewide initiative. Health and Wellness is also still working to have mental health resiliency training added to the initial certification courses across the state. Recently, the NAEMT announced their new Mental Health Resiliency Officer course. We are vetting this program as an option for our state. In the survey referenced above, there will also be a question to gauge the interest of offering this course through the SCEMSA.

    Data, Administration, and Compliance

    Regulation 61-7 has received the necessary approvals from the General Assembly and will go into effect 7/1/2022. The Data, Admin, and Compliance committee worked tirelessly to ensure the contents of this regulation were aligned with the needs of our EMS providers. While compromises were made by DHEC and the SCEMSA, we feel the final version is sound document. The SCEMSA continues to work closely with DHEC staff on implementation and vetting the changes.

    Community Paramedic and Mobile Integrated Healthcare

    This month marked the first meeting of the CP/MIH committee. We are excited to partner with this group, and we are pleased to announce that the meeting was very well attended. The Committee is working to address issues facing CP/MIH expansion to include regulation/legislation, sustainable funding, and innovative partnerships. CP/MIH will play a large role in the future of EMS service delivery as payor alignments shift in favor of value based purchasing. This committee will be at the helm of these reforms.

    EMS Memorial Bike Ride/Honor Guard

    The EMS Memorial Bike Ride is rapidly approaching. The committee is now conducting weekly calls to finalize coordination of the event. If you are interested in assisting with the ride, please Contact Chair Lisa McKinney {link to her email on the leadership tab}. Even if you are not a cyclist, there is place for anyone to get involved! More information about the ride is listed in this newsletter. 

    Finance and Reimbursement

    Finance and Reimbursement successfully negotiated our state’s first Medicaid Increase in over two decades. This 10% increase will go into effect in July and additional information will be provided in the official announcement. SCEMSA has partnered with Public Consulting Group (PCG) for Medicaid Expansion for governmental providers. An RFP process will be announced following the May Board of Directors meeting to help identify a vendor for a Provider Assessment program that will enable private EMS systems to also receive the Medicaid upper payment limit. This Committee will serve as the principle in evaluating the RFPs and identifying timelines and objectives. The goal is to educate our EMS providers and the General Assembly throughout the remainder of 2022 and be prepared to implement both programs in 2023 as part of our legislative agenda.

    Workforce Development

    Last but definitely not least, we are pleased to announce that our Statewide Recruitment Efforts have officially begun. Information about this campaign and the recruitment video can be found on our website: scemsa.org/ems-careers. The initial strategy is geofencing content to specific locations and search patterns for social media and preferred ad placement that routes candidates to our “personalized consultation” option or the EMT Education Program of their choosing. We are pleased to announce that we have received and referred over 100 personalized consultations already and that the intuitive marketing process will only improve as time goes on. The Workforce Development Committee has cultivated relationships with numerous state and local stakeholders and will continue to expand recruitment efforts into other mediums and work to eliminate barriers related to EMS recruitment at the state level.

  • 04/07/2022 5:15 PM | Anonymous

    Do you want a shirt, hoodie, hat, koozie or decal with the SCEMSA logo on it? Do you want to support SCEMSA by wearing our logo? 

    We now have an online store with a variety of items and color options to choose from that can be shipped directly to your door. 

    Visit our new online store here.

  • 12/21/2021 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    The SCEMSA is laying a foundation to shape the future of EMS in South Carolina. As our recent advocacy outreach efforts have shown, we are stronger together. EMS by nature is diverse and multifaceted, with emergent and nonemergent, air and ground, hospital and fire based programs and more.

    For the purpose of bringing everyone together, the SCEMSA Board of Directors have accepted a set of bylaws revisions to be sent to the membership that will help our association continue to work together, grow, and move forward. The biggest revisions are focused on SCEMSA membership levels and NAEMT agency options for agencies and educational members. These were finalized in January 2022.

    REVIEW THE NEW BYLAWS HERE
  • 11/17/2021 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    SCEMSA is proud to announce it has launched a new SCEMSA Career Center - the premier resource to connect career opportunities with highly qualified EMS talent. The Career Center is designed to provide you with a better overall experience through a modern design and an intuitive interface. You will be able to access the Career Center through any device of your choice- smartphone, tablet, or desktop.

    To access the Career Center, visit: https://careers.scemsa.org/ 
    or click on Career Center at the top of our website.

    In the Career Center, you can manage your career or recruit for open positions.  
  • 11/17/2021 2:33 PM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that we have added support staff to assist us in our efforts to continue to advance SCEMSA and meet our objectives to address unmet needs.

    First, please join me in welcoming Emily Keeney as our special consultant to assist with expanding the EMS presence in high school and career centers. We recognize that awareness of EMS career options begins in high school and the K-12 systems have specific processes and procedures that must be navigated correctly in order to be successful. As such, Emily comes to us with a wealth of knowledge about how these systems function as well as knowledge of potential funding options. It is our intent to publish a current assessment of existing programs as well as a “roadmap/toolkit” for expansion. If you are currently engaged in or interested in developing a high school EMT program and would like to learn more, please contact Henry Lewis directly.

    Next, our webmaster Mary Napier has increased her involvement with the SCEMSA and is now our membership/communications specialist.  She will help coordinate the workforce initiatives and facilitate better contact with you on our behalf.  She will also be assisting with member services and communications. Mary is active with numerous State EMS Associations and will be able to assist us in better serving your needs. You can contact her at membership@scemsa.org and her contact information has been added to our leadership tab on our website.

    The Workforce Development Committee and the SCEMSA Board are pleased to announce that we have officially consigned Flock and Rally as our marketing firm to begin our statewide recruitment campaign. This Columbia based company emerged as the best option for meeting our marketing needs and will begin working on our marketing strategies in the coming weeks. The Workforce Development Committee vetted numerous firms, strategies, and options prior to making their recommendation. The plan for recruitment is multifaceted and includes social media geo fencing, targeted marketing, creation of a toolkit that can be adapted for local services, and is expandable to traditional options such as billboards and television or radio.

  • 09/30/2021 4:17 PM | Anonymous

    It is with great pleasure we announce the naming of the South Carolina EMS Foundation Grant in honor of Albert M. Futrell, Jr., who served as the initial State EMS Director for South Carolina.  Incidentally, he still holds the record for being the longest serving State Director in South Carolina.  Mr. Futrell has remained a strong force for a progressive and efficient EMS System. Mr. Futrell always had a knack for resolving difficult problems in a manner that brought great resolution.  He was always very personable and engaging. 

    He was instrumental in developing the EMS system in the early 1970’s.  Furthermore, he was also responsible for the development of the initial EMS Law & Regulations in addition to the current Grant-In-Aid programs being set up and funded.  Under his guidance the trauma program, data systems, quality assurance, emergency preparedness, ambulance run reports, training and compliance, ambulance licensure, grant programs and the four Regional EMS offices were realized. Mr. Futrell was actively involved in the now defunct National Association of State EMS Directors and stayed abreast of changes affecting the system.   

    Mr. Futrell has always been very passionate about EMS and remains actively involved in EMS even after retirement.  He currently serves on the Midlands EMS Board of Directors and is also a member of the EMS Association.  Moreover, he serves as chairman of the South Carolina EMS Foundation.  He is responsible for many of the successes that we realize today based on our EMS system being structured on a solid foundation from the early days. 

    In appreciation for all his contributions to our EMS system, it is our honor and privilege for our EMS Foundation Grant to be named the Albert M. Futrell, Jr. Scholarship Grant. 

    All information about the Albert Futrell Scholarship as well as the link for application can be found on the South Carolina EMS Foundation Website or visit https://www.southcarolinaemsfoundation.com/.

  • 09/29/2021 5:15 PM | Anonymous

    SCEMSA has been working closely with our partners at South Carolina DHEC and the South Carolina Hospital Association regarding surge capacity and hospital diversion. The attached joint position statement is a monumental step forward in terms of cooperation and establishing partnerships for the greater good. 

    These are difficult times for us all but our healthcare systems will continue to work together to identify innovative ways to be successful. 

    Read the joint position statement here.

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