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Governor Honors Three from Region

During the Governor's EMS Awards banquet in Norfolk on Saturday November 10, 2007, three from the Tidewater EMS region were honored with statewide EMS awards. Linda Baker, RN from Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital received the 2007 Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award. Doris Foster, RN, EMT-P of Virginia Beach EMS and Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad received the 2007 Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children. The Norfolk Fire Explorer Post 116 received the 2007 Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award.

Read more: Governor Honors Three from Region

"Safe Haven" Bill

Virginia General Assembly Adopts "Safe Haven" Bill

Effective July 1, 2003, a state law went into effect which creates a "safe haven" if a parent leaves a newborn child up to 14 days old in either a hospital that provides 24-hour emergency services or a rescue squad that employs EMS providers.

Read more: "Safe Haven" Bill

Glucometry Waiver is Necessary

Glucometry Waiver is Necessary for EMS 

The federal government requires that all laboratories testing human specimens, such as blood, for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment, must be certified by the Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA), Department of Health and Human Services. This applies to EMS agencies that perform glucometry tests. These requirements are set forth in Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988. Fortunately, the government also allows for a CLIA waiver when certain conditions are met. The bad news is there is the waiver application and fee, and biannual renewal process and fee. The good news is that EMS agencies are eligible for the waiver. The better news is that the Tidewater EMS Council maintains a regional CLIA waiver for all of its EMS agencies.

HCFA first began to notify laboratories in 1991 of the CLIA requirements, and final regulations were not adopted for another year. The EMS community became aware of the regulations about a year later and began to investigate the necessity for compliance. By 1994 it became clear that EMS was expected to comply, and efforts were begun to seek cost-effective, multiagency waivers. One state was able to obtain a statewide waiver; Virginia attempted but failed on a statewide basis. The Old Dominion EMS Council applied for a regional waiver and was successful. Tidewater essentially copied the Old Dominion waiver application and procedures and was awarded a regional waiver in January of 1996. The waiver was valid for two years and the council has continued to renew its waiver every other year. You can download the most recent regional waiver below. A number of other EMS regions have also obtained waivers.

Some 40 of the region’s licensed EMS agencies have fulfilled the requirements to fall under the council’s umbrella waiver. The agency requirements are simple: advise the council that you want to fall under the regional waiver, provide a list of glucometry equipment (make and model) that you use and agree to use and maintain the equipment according to manufacturer’s specifications. A standard one-page agreement form is available from the council for that purpose (see download below). Of course, if your agency does not use glucometry, the waiver is not necessary. If you are in doubt whether your agency falls under the regional CLIA waiver, please feel free to contact the TEMS office at (757) 963-0632.

Whether your agency falls under a state, regional or local waiver, be aware that federal regulations require laboratory certification, or a waiver, for any EMS agency performing tests on human specimens.

Click here to download a current copy of the Regional Certificate of Waiver -  pdf 2018 2020 TEMS CLIA (202 KB)

Agreement Form


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