I wanted to reach out and provide an update regarding the transition of agencies in the CME and ePCR submission. I realize that there were somethings that were accomplished prior to my taking the position, so unfortunately we are going to encounter a few bumps and bruises along the way. However, I know that all agencies have not reached out to us and claimed their intent regarding moving to electronic reporting. If you have not submitted your intent at this point I urge that you do it sooner rather then later. If you wait until the last minute to do this then it will not end well. If we need to have a conversation about this then I ask you please to reach out. DO NOT wait.
This brings me to the other part of the CME policy for participation by an EMS agency. As some of you may remember or have heard that the other requirement is certification of one (1) EMS vehicle by the agency. Erie/Wyoming was chosen to “beta” test this program. I have spoken to some of you and provided the information for this requirement. If I have not had the chance yet, and you are in the Erie/Wyoming region only, please let me know and I will get you the information. Again, there is no reason to wait and it is better to get it done sooner rather then later.
You may reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, at the office 716-898-3600, or on my cell at 716-799-7306. Below I have included the verbiage from the CME manual regarding these two items:
4. Agency participants must comply with Bureau of EMS Policy Statement 12-02 and complete a Patient Care Report (PCR) for every EMS response. Agencies participating in the CME recertification program will be required to submit PCRs to the department electronically on or before January 1, 2022.
5. All Basic Life Support First Responder (BLSFR) agencies that are part of the CME program must have at least one EMS Emergency Response Vehicle registered with the Bureau of EMS that meets all Department of Health, Bureau of EMS requirements as detailed in NYCRR Title 10, Chapter 6, Part 800 and the Emergency Ambulance Service Vehicle Inspection Report (DOH-3780).