Acadian’s Asbel Montes on Ambulance Payment Reform
“EMS is instrumental to the healthcare fabric of our country. As the healthcare industry continues to innovate, it is imperative to recognize the value that EMS brings to the pre- and post-hospital environment. EMS providers are the only gatekeepers to the healthcare system in many communities.
73% of all ambulance suppliers credentialed with Medicare bill the program less than 1,000 transports per year. It is imperative that any cost data collection system reporting requirements consider this to ensure the reliability of the data and the administrative burden to ambulance providers and suppliers.”
Vice President of Governmental Relations & Reimbursement, Acadian Ambulance
Co-Chair, American Ambulance Association Payment Reform Committee
Acadian Ambulance, Louisiana, Mississippi, payment reform, Texas
Asbel Montes began his employment with Acadian in May 2009. He oversees Acadian’s revenue cycle management, contract management, business office process improvements, and government relations for state and federal reimbursement policy initiatives.
In 1999, Asbel began working for an ambulance billing and consulting firm. After three years, he decided to work for a private, non‐emergency ambulance service. Since then, he has provided leadership in revenue cycle management to four ambulance agencies located throughout the southeast.
Asbel pursued his education the non‐traditional way by attending college online while maintaining a full‐time job. He received an associate's degree in accounting in 2007 and graduated in November 2010 with a bachelor's degree in business management.
Asbel has been a member of the American Ambulance Association (AAA) for eight years and has served on its board of directors; he is currently co-chair of the Payment Reform Steering Committee. Asbel also sits on the board of the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance. He is a respected thought leader on reimbursement initiatives within the industry and is a requested speaker at many conferences. He has also been asked to testify as an expert witness before federal and state health committees regarding ambulance reimbursement.
Asbel is married to Stephenie Haney‐Montes. He has one daughter and resides in Carencro, Louisiana.