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May 2008 Rural EMS Publications Available from NC RHRP

The North Carolina Rural Health Research Program is built on the thirty-five year history of rural health services research at the University of North Carolina's Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

  • Challenges for Rural Emergency Medical Services: Medical Oversight (PDF/47KB)
  • Rural-Urban Differences in Characteristics of Local EMS Agencies (PDF/81KB)
  • Issues in Staffing Emergency Medical Services: A National Survey of Local Rural and Urban EMS Directors (PDF/284KB)

Guide to Emergency Medical Service in Vermont Available

Published March 2007, the "Buyer's Guide to Emergency Medical Service in Vermont: A Guide for Municipal Officials" is an overview of the key components of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system in Vermont, as they are shaped by Vermont laws and regulations.

  • Download the Adobe Acrobat version of the Guide (PDF/963KB)
  • Visit Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) Resource Library for more information.

Rural/Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future Available

  • Download the Adobe Acrobat version of the Agenda (PDF/1.3MB)
  • Order a hard copy of the document at the NRHA Rural Health Bookstore.
  • Visit NRHA National Rural and Frontier Emergency Medical Services Agenda for the Future for more information.

CMS Issues Final Ambulance Rule

Today, December 1, 2006, CMS issued a final rule for physician payments. Buried in the contents are changes to the ambulance fee schedule. In my opinion, overall, CMS has made some good changes. However, there are some issues that will cause pain for some rural ambulance services while creating joy for some formally urban ones.

  • Complete Overview (PDF/20KB)
  • Final Rule
  • Map of Affected Areas (PDF/307KB)

Provided by Gary Wingrove, Gold Cross/Mayo Medical Transport, 1312 Lakeside Cir Buffalo, MN 55313

  • June 14, 2006: The Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System Released by the Institute of Medicine, these landmark reports on the future of emergency care will help guide congressional leaders and policy makers about EMS and trauma care for several years to come.

  • February 2006: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Activities Funded by the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program HRSA's ORHP TASC Flex Monitoring Team Briefing Paper No. 8

  • April 2006: Emergency Medical Services in Frontier and Rural Areas Funded by HRSA's ORHP with the Frontier Education Center

  • September 2005: Smallest Rural Hospitals Treat Mental Health Emergencies Maine Rural Health Research Center Research & Policy Brief

  • October, 2004: Rural/Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future National Rural Health Association (NRHA)

  • July 2004: An Alternative Approach to Defining Rural for the Purpose of Providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) HRSA's ORHP Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC)

  • August 2000: EMS Services in Rural Areas: How Can States Ensure Their Effectiveness? National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Rural Health Brief

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