Council on Emergency Medical Care

The 2009 ECCC charter created “a Council on Emergency Medical Care (CEMC) to serve as the federal interagency group assisting with the coordination of emergency medical care activities across the federal government.” The CEMC is a forum for federal partners to construct a shared vision for the future of emergent and acute care in the U.S. healthcare system to:​

  1. Identify national issues related to emergent and acute care;
  2. Identify opportunities for synergistic efforts across the USG to improve emergent and acute care;
  3. Serve as an advisory board to the ECCC.

The CEMC works in coordination with the Federal Interagency Committee for Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS)​ to ensure coordination across the continuum of care. All agencies can seek advice and guidance on projects and initiatives from the CEMC that are not specific to the aforementioned three CEMC functions.

The following are priority areas that the CEMC established:



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Delivery System Reform (DSR)
​The goal of DSR is to improve health delivery through public and private sectors working together for better patient care, smarter spending, and healthier people, communities, and country. The CEMC’s expertise is essential to bolster emergent and acute care reform efforts in DSR and promotes an emergency care system that is patient and community centered, integrated into the healthcare system, and of high-quality.


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Bystander Care
ASPR, FEMA and CDC developed a course designed to increase situational awareness and confidence to respond among citizens who are present at the scene of an emergency but who are not formally trained as part of the emergency response system. CEMC member engagement is important to develop a strategy to promote continued public engagement surrounding this important initiative.


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Mobile Integrated Healthcare & Community Paramedicine
Novel ways of deploying an out-of-hospital workforce to provide preventive or non-acute, yet time dependent care, is referred to as mobile integrated healthcare (MIH) or community paramedicine (CP). Multiple agencies in the CEMC are involved in initiatives related to MIH-CP, and collaborate to explore the impact the out-of-hospital workforce engaged in MIH-CP can have on emergency department utilization, and community and population level care.


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Emergency Care & the Electronic Medical Record
High quality emergency care is dependent on critical patient information at the point of delivery. The CEMC facilitates this by encouraging patients to take greater ownership of their medical information, and supporting efforts for providers to utilize health information exchanges to improve health outcomes, patient experiences and value of serv​ices.