The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has scheduled a call for Thursday, December 5 from 1:30-3:00 PM Eastern to review the new Ambulance Cost Data Collection System. If you plan to attend, register here. CMS Ambulance Cost Data Collection December 5 | 1:30 PM ET
Today, CMS has released the proposed rule that would establish the ambulance fee schedule cost collection system as required by statute. The AAA is currently reviewing the rule and will provide a more detailed summary in the coming days. On Tueusday, July 30 at 12:00pm Eastern, the AAA will be hosting a free webinar during which AAA counsel will provide an overview of the proposals in the rule. Do not miss out on this chance for the most up to date information. Questions?: Contact Us: If you have questions about the legislation or regulatory initiatives being undertaken by the AAA, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the AAA Government Affairs Team. Tristan North – Senior Vice President of Government Affairs email@example.com | (202) 802-9025 Ruth Hazdovac – AAA Senior Manager of Federal Government Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org | (202) 802-9027 Aidan Camas – Manager of State & Federal Government Affairs email@example.com | (202) 802-9026 Thank you for your continued membership and support.
2019 Ride-Along Toolkit Now Available! Educating your members of Congress about ambulance industry issues makes them much more likely to support your efforts. An easy and effective way to educate them is to invite them to participate in a local Ambulance Ride-Along! Congress is scheduled to adjourn on July 27 for their August congressional recess with members of Congress returning home to their districts and states. This is the perfect opportunity for you to educate your members of Congress about those issues, in particular the Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB), permanent ambulance relief and ambulance cost data collection which are important to your operation. The most effective way to deliver these key messages is to host your member of Congress or their staff on a tour of your operation and an ambulance ride-along. The AAA has made the process of arranging a ride-long or scheduling a meeting easy for you with our 2019 Congressional Ride-Along Toolkit. Are you willing to host a Member of Congress at your service but unsure of how to set it up? Email or call Aidan Camas at firstname.lastname@example.org – (202) 802-9026 and Aidan can help you set up a meeting. Everything you need to arrange the ride-along (more…)
This morning Ruth Hazdovac and Aidan Camas of AAA staff and Kathy Lester, Esq, Healthcare Consultant to the AAA attended a briefing held by the House Energy & Commerce Committee on the issue of surprise/balance billing. At the briefing, staff for Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) announced that they would be releasing a bipartisan discussion draft, the No Surprises Act, which would “protect consumers from surprise medical bills and increase transparency in our health care system.” As of now, ground and air ambulances are NOT included in the discussion draft. However, the committee is asking for comments on ground and air ambulance and recommendations on how to provide relief to the consumer in this area. The AAA has a Balance Billing Work Group that is hard at work developing a policy recommendation that will work for our members. The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Lloyd Doggett also announced today that the Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing next week entitled “Hearing on Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills.” AAA Staff will be at the briefing and provide a timely update to membership on any developments. The AAA team will be submitting comments and (more…)
As the government shutdown drags on the negative impacts continue to grow. If the shutdown continues through January 24, 2019, which is looking likely at this point, current law will require the Trump Administration to cut about $839 million from non-exempt federal benefit programs to avoid increasing the deficit. This is a result of the “PAYGO” (pay as you go) law which requires spending increases or tax cuts to be offset with cuts to programs or additional revenue to avoid increasing the deficit. As the largest nonexempt benefit program, it is likely that Medicare would experience the worst of these cuts through sequestration. While the Trump Administration has not yet issued a sequestration order, there is a distinct possibility that one could be issued if the shutdown continues much longer. A sequestration order would mean an additional across the board cut to all Medicare providers, including ambulance services. Ambulance service providers are still feeling the impact of the 2% sequestration cut that has been in effect the past few years. Any new cuts would likely start out being targeted at administrative tasks which could slow payments to providers. Temporary cuts would be expensive for the administration to facilitate and is...
Gold Cross Ambulance Celebrates 50th Anniversary! Moffitt points to a couple of factors that have made Gold Cross’s journey a successful one. First, he’s always had a knack for being in the right places at the right time. But he believes that being honorable to the commitment he has made to provide high-quality healthcare to the people of Utah has been critical to his company’s ongoing success. “Success has not come to Gold Cross without much sacrifice over the years,” Moffitt says. “Growing and expanding has not been an easy process, but with dedication and a bit of luck, Gold Cross has been able to overcome the many trials and tribulations we’ve faced.” Of course when you’ve been in business for 50 years, you’ll have seen many changes to your industry. Moffitt says one of the biggest changes he’s witnessed has been the buyouts of many ambulance services over the years, and that’s something he believes has been both good and bad for the industry. “When large companies buy out smaller ones,” he explains, “the connection of the ambulance service to the community that there was in the past is lost.” Moffitt notes that Gold Cross has never tried (more…)
2017 Election Timeline 8/31 | Nominations Close 9/14 | Approval of Candidates by AAA Board of Directors 10/11 | Voting Opens Election will be paperless and held online. Ballots will be delivered to AAA Active Member primary contacts via email. 11/2 | Voting Closes 11:59pm 11/14 | Election results announced at the 2017 AAA Annual Conference & Tradeshow. The AAA’s 2017 Election will be for the following positions: Region I Director (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI & VT) Region II Director (AL, DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PA, SC, VA, WV) Region III Director (IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN WI) Region IV Director (AR, IA, KS, LA, MN, MO, OK, ND, NE, SD, TX) Region V Director (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY) Ethics Committee Questions? Please contact email@example.com for assistance.
Call For Nominations Now Open! In accordance with the Bylaws of the American Ambulance Association, it is time to call for members in good standing that wish to serve on the Board of Directors. The AAA is now seeking candidates for the following positions: Region I Director (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI & VT) Region II Director (AL, DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PA, SC, VA, WV) Region III Director (IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN WI) Region IV Director (AR, IA, KS, LA, MN, MO, OK, ND, NE, SD, TX) Region V Director (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY Individuals who wish to be considered for an elected position as Regional Director must: 1. Be the designated representative of an Active member of the AAA, in good standing; 2. Be ready to devote time and effort to matters which concern the Board of Directors and to actively participate in all Board activities; 3. Be prepared to assist other AAA members with concerns and problems which relate to the ambulance industry and the workings of the AAA; and, 4. Understand that these positions provide no compensation for time or reimbursement for expenses. All travel-related expenses, including (more…)
Take Action for Extending Medicare Ambulance Relief Ask your Representatives to Support H.R. 3236 – The Ambulance Medicare Budget and Operations Act of 2017 The current 33-month extension of the Medicare add-on payments is set to expire at the end of December 2017. Losing these add-on payments would be a devastating blow to ambulance services across the country. It is crucial that the payments be extended as we push for a long-term solution. H.R. 3236 introduced by Reps. Nunes, Upton, and Welch would extend the current temporary Medicare add-ons for five years. More details about the Bill can be found below. Let your Representative know that you support H.R. 3236 — Here are three quick and easy ways to get involved! Writing to your members of Congress only takes 2 clicks, follow these simple steps: 1. Enter contact information below (required by Congressional offices) and click “Submit” 2. On the next page you’ll see the letter to your Representative (Message 1) and the letter(s) to your Senators (Message 2) – click “Submit Messages” Feel free to personalize your letter(s) before submitting them. Active on Social Media? Tweet at your Representative asking for their support of H.R. 3236! Authorize Your Account Enter Contact Information Tweet! (Tweet will be (more…)
2018 Ride-Along Toolkit Now Available! Educating your members of Congress about ambulance industry issues makes them much more likely to support your efforts. An easy and effective way to educate them is to invite them to participate in a local Ambulance Ride-Along! Congress is scheduled to adjourn on July 28 for their August congressional recess with members of Congress returning home to their districts and states. This is the perfect opportunity for you to educate your members of Congress about those issues, in particular Medicare ambulance relief and reform, which are important to your operation. The most effective way to deliver these key messages is to host your member of Congress or their staff on a tour of your operation and an ambulance ride-along. If you cannot host a tour and ride-along, we strongly encourage you to arrange local meetings with your members of Congress during August. The AAA has made the process of arranging a ride-long or scheduling a meeting easy for you with our 2018 Congressional Ride-Along Toolkit. Are you willing to host a Member of Congress at your service but unsure of how to set it up? Email Aidan Camas at firstname.lastname@example.org and Aidan can help you set (more…)
Take Action for Permanent Medicare Ambulance Relief Ask your Senators to Support S.967 – 2017 Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act The current 33-month extension of the Medicare add-on payments is set to expire at the end of December 2017. Losing these add-on payments would be a devastating blow to ambulance services across the country. It is crucial that the payments be made permanent as we push for a long-term solution. More details about the Bill can be found below. Let your Senators know that you support S. 967 — Here are three quick and easy ways to get involved! Writing to your members of Congress only takes 2 clicks, follow these simple steps: 1. Enter contact information below (required by Congressional offices) and click “Submit” 2. On the next page you’ll see the letter(s) to your Senators – click “Submit Messages” Active on Social Media? Tweet at your Senators asking for their support of S. 967! Authorize Your Account Enter Contact Information Tweet! (Tweet will be auto-generated with your Senators tagged) Know your Senators’ Twitter accounts already? Tweet: “#ambulance svs in your state need you, @[your Senators]! Please co-sponsor S. 967 to help us continue to provide quality #EMS!” Post on Facebook why S. 967 is important! (more…)
Post-Election Analysis Webinar – Thursday, November 17th, 2:00pm EST The recent elections resulted with Republicans taking control of the White House and retaining a majority in the House and Senate. In the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, we will see a major shift from the policy positions of the current administration. It is likely that there will be immediate efforts toward the repeal, amendment, and replacement of the Affordable Care Act as well as tax reform and infrastructure improvement. Join us for this free webinar, and hear former Members of Congress Bill Paxon (R-NY) and Vic Fazio (D-CA), whom both served in their respective party leadership, give their analysis of the elections and of where the new Administration and Congress go from here. Unable to Attend? No problem! All webinars will be recorded and available to stream On-Demand. Register now and watch on your own time! Questions? Please contact Colleen Crowley at email@example.com.
The AAA is proud to announce this year’s award winners. Awards will be presented at the AAA Annual Conference and Tradeshow Awards Reception on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Please join us in congratulating the winners. J. Walter Schaefer Award Randy Strozyk, American Medical Response The J. Walter Schaefer Award is given annually to an individual whose work in EMS has contributed positively to the advancement of the industry as a whole. Randy has achieved this through his tireless dedication and service to the industry and his role in elevating the association and its members to national prominence. Robert L. Forbuss Lifetime Achievement Award Julie Rose, Community Care Ambulance The Robert L. Forbuss Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the first Executive Director of the American Ambulance Association. It recognizes a volunteer leader who has made a significant long-term impact on the association. Julie has held numerous leadership positions in the AAA including Membership Committee Chair, Region III Director and Alternate Director. Julie has worked tirelessly to get members of her Region to join the AAA, knowing that it is important to participate in the national organization to be part of the team finding solutions to today’s challenges in EMS. President’s (more…)
The 2016 AAA Election is going paperless! This year’s election will be held entirely online. AAA 2016 Election Dates to Know 8/31 – Nominations Close 9/9 – AAA Board Meeting in Washington, D.C. – Floor nominations submitted and the board will approve slate of candidates. Candidates will be notified that they have been approved. 9/30 – Voting Opens, Ballots Delivered to AAA Active Member Voting Contacts. ** Need to update who the voter is for your association? Use this form. 10/28 – Voting Closes 11/8 – Election Results announced at 2016 AAA Annual Conference & Tradeshow. **Early Bird Registration Open Until 9/30! Please contact Aidan Camas at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Special Needs Tracking & Awareness Response System (STARS), was founded just over two years ago at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon’s Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. The team at Cardinal Glennon realized that they needed to do something to address the growing number of children in the U.S. with special health care needs, many of whom are at a higher risk for repeated ambulance transports. As an EMT for over 18 years, Patricia Casey, the Missouri Coordinator of the STARS Program, knows how intimidating it can be for a first responder to walk into a home that in many ways may look like a hospital room. Children with special health care needs can require many different types of in home medical equipment that first responders are often not familiar with. The STARS Program aims to make the job of the first responders easier while making children with medical needs and their parents more comfortable with ambulances in case they need to be transported in one. Cardinal Glennon works with local ambulance districts to enroll children with special medical needs in that district’s STAR Program. Once a child is registered in STARS, they are given a unique patient identification number (more…)
StateTrack helps you follow legislative and regulatory developments in one state or all of them. The map below will pull legislation with any of the following key words: Affordable Care Act Ambulance Community Paramedicine EMT Medicaid Medicare Mobile Integrated Health Paramedic Members will be able to view the full text of each piece of legislation as well as edits that have been made to the text, bill number, status of the bill and the representative who introduced it. StateTrack will make it easier for AAA members to keep track of legislation and regulations on the state level that could have enormous impacts on their ambulance services. States that are white, are either out of session or do not have any pending legislation or regulations that fall under the AAA search criteria. Please contact Aidan Camas at email@example.com if you have any questions. Click on a State below to pull a list of all pending legislation that features one or more of these key words. Loading Report…
Introducing the AAA’s newest member benefit, StateTrack, powered by CQ Roll Call. StateTrack will give AAA members the ability to easily track crucial legislation and regulations in one state or all of them as well as the Federal Government. StateTrack will show you a map of the entire United States. Click on the state you are interested in tracking and you will see a list of all regulations and legislation impacting the following areas: ► Affordable Care Act ► Ambulance ► Community Paramedicine ► EMT ► Medicaid ► Medicare ► Mobile Integrated Health ► Paramedic Click on the key words above to narrow down your search to only legislation and regulations that contain those terms. Members will be able to view the full text of each piece of legislation as well as edits that have been made to the text, bill number, status of the bill and the representative who introduced it. StateTrack will make it easier for AAA members to keep track of legislation and regulations on the state level that could have enormous impacts on their ambulance services. States that are white, are either out of session or do not have any pending legislation or regulations that fall...
Enhance employee health and engagement by making sure your workforce is aware of the LifeWorks Employee Assistance and Wellness Program. The LifeWorks program is centered around helping your employees achieve work-life balance, improving their productivity and well-being. We all face challenges in life. From finding answers to parenting questions or managing personal finances, to getting help with a relationship or taking care of health issues, LifeWorks offers around the clock fast, free, confidential help. AAA understands that your people are your most valuable asset. Make sure your employees are aware of this resource for fast, confidential help with family, work, money, health and work-life balance issues. Share AAA’s EAP with your team. Download a copy of this flyer to share with your employees: AAA 2016 LifeWorks Information Flyer...
Late breaking AAA Conference update: In order to address a Medicare reimbursement issue we feel is critical, AAA has decided to modify the Tuesday afternoon conference session being led by Brian S. Werfel, Esq. Instead of covering medicare audits in this session, Mr. Werfel will now be leading an in depth discussion about a recent OIG Report on Questionable Billing Practices. The originally schedule session on preparing for medicare audits will be offered as a webinar. Further information about this new conference session is provided below. Understanding the Recent OIG Report on Questionable Billing Practices On September 29, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General released a report on “Inappropriate Payments and Question Billing for Part B Ambulance Transports”. The report concluded that Medicare paid $24.2 million during the first half of 2012 for ambulance transports that did not meet Medicare program requirements. In this special session, AAA Medicare Consultant Brian S. Werfel, Esq. will breakdown the OIG’s report, with special attention being paid to each of the 7 billing practices the OIG identified as “questionable”. The session will include strategies that companies can implement to avoid these practices. Brian will also discuss ongoing OIG enforcement activities related to (more…)