April 2015


Board of Directors Minutes

State EMS Office

Nashville, TN

April 13, 2015


President Reed called the meeting to order at 3:00 pm 

Board Members present:  Andrew Reed, Keith Douglas, Stan Clark, Joyce Noles, Wallace Elliott, John Fitzsimmons, Doug McQuary, Andrew Hart, Lis Henley, Shannon Seaton, Andrew Hart

Board Members absent:  Danny Houseright, Rick Valentine, Ricky Slack

Others Present:  Lynn Thompson & Danny Fleming (Maury Regional EMS), Phillip Sanderson (AMR TN), Donna Tidwell (State EMS)

Motion by Doug McQuary – 2nd by Andrew Hart to accept the January 2015 TASA Board Minutes as written, motion Passed.

Presentations and Monthly Reports:

Financial Report:

Rick Valentine (absent) – report provided showing current balance of $84,471.35

Motion made by Doug McQuary – 2nd by Andrew Hart to accept the financial report, motion Passed. 

State EMS – Director Tidwell provided the following information/discussion:

Due to web site maintenance, individuals will not be able to renew on-line from 4-14-15 through 4-22-2015

Looking at a project to look at a state-wide ePCR system provided by State EMS in an effort to collect better data

Discussion about current status of community paramedic. Director Tidwell advised they had selected a curriculum that has been tried and tested by several states including California. The State EMS Board will take up the issue in a rule-making hearing in June. The curriculum contains a minimum of 170 hours (50 classroom, 60 lab and 60 clinical).

Tax Exempt – Lis is working on details

Wounded Warrior Project donation – Tommy reported that we were unable to meet with WWP representatives in March but will try to schedule something for the next board meeting.

CMS changes to zip codes – President Reed discussed the recent changes by CMS to zip codes throughout TN regarding rural vs. urban designation.

Motion by Doug McQuary – 2nd by Joyce Noles to pay the second/final payment to our lobbyist. Roll call vote: (Voting YES – Elliott, Fitzsimmons, Noles, Clark, McQuary, Seaton, Douglas, Henley) – (Voting NO – Hart, Crowder) motion passed

Advanced Airway Scholarship: Joyce Noles reported that Vanderbilt was offering 2 scholarships to TASA valued at $350.

Motion by John Fitzsimmons – 2nd by Andrew Hart to place this offering on the TASA web site to allow people to apply and forward the results to Joyce Noles for selection. Motion passed

President Reed discussed the possibility of joining AAA (American Ambulance Association). After much discussion, it was decided to research what the annual membership dates are and  revisit this at our next meeting.

Reimbursement: Reminder that the conference is scheduled for September 2 -3 with Medical Director’s on Sept. 4 and registration is available on the TASA web site.

 Mid-Winter: Joyce Noles reported that, based upon the feedback forms, everyone felt this year conference was very good.

Legislative: discussion about the number of people attending EMS on the Hill.

Audit/Budget: No report.

Bylaws: No report.

Old Business – none

 New Business: 

Meeting adjourned at 5:22 pm