Rural Health Roundtable Examines Emergency Medical Services

Posted: May 4, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Capital Area Rural Health Roundtable, a federally funded initiative of the College of Nursing and Health Science’s Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics, presents a forum for legislators and health care professionals to explore emergency medical services (EMS) in rural areas. “Threadbare and Breaking … or Reviving? Close-up on Rural EMS” is set for Tuesday, May 8, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 608, in Washington, D.C. The George Mason community is invited to attend.

Emergency medical care in rural areas is largely provided by volunteers using outdated equipment. Last fall, Congress appropriated $3 million to begin upgrading these medical and trauma services around the country, and a new Medicare reimbursement system for ambulance costs is about to be implemented.

The roundtable focuses on key policy issues affecting the development of rural EMS and access to trauma care. EMS administrators from around the country discuss the history, reality, potential, and new direction of emergency health care in rural areas, as well as issues of reimbursement, training and equipment.

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