Nominations Open – AAA Board of Directors!

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...

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2019 Avesta Private EMS Turnover Study

Once again, this year, the American Ambulance Association partnered with Avesta to conduct our annual survey of employee turnover in the private EMS industry. As a valued member of the association, it is our pleasure to share it with you today. Download the Avesta 2019 EMS Employee Turnover Study The survey was conducted and managed by the Center for Organizational Research at The University of Akron. The purpose of the study was to better quantify and understand the reasons for employee turnover at nearly every organizational level within EMS. At the very least, this study provides us with a continuing benchmark for defining job-specific voluntary and involuntary turnover percentages. While no survey is perfect, our goal is to continue to analyze staff turnover and its impact on the private industry.  One thing is clear: when turnover is high, private EMS leaders are faced with increased costs associated with recruiting, selecting, and training replacements. Proactive minimization of turnover will reduce costs and have a positive effect on productivity, morale, and customer/patient satisfaction. This report continues to serve as a crucial step in understanding and reducing employee turnover in the private EMS industry. We look forward to working with every member of...

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House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Takes Action on Balance Billing

On July 11, 2019, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee held a markup in which they advanced 10 health care bills, including legislation on surprise/balance billing. This legislation, H.R. 3630, the No Surprises Act attempts to address out-of-network surprise medical bills. The AAA Government Affairs team has been in regular communication with the Energy and Commerce Committee and member offices leading up to the markup to ensure that the ground ambulance industry and AAA members were not negatively impacted by the legislation or any introduced amendments. Thanks to the attentive efforts of AAA members, staff, and consultants, there was no mention of ground ambulance during the markup of H.R. 3630, the No Surprises Act. While ground ambulance was not mentioned, Rep. Lujan (D-NM) highlighted the air ambulance transparency language that is included in the No Surprises Act and called for it to be strengthened further before this legislation is considered by the full Energy and Commerce Committee. Over the course of the markup, Subcommittee Chairwoman Eshoo (D-CA) thanked Rep. Lujan for bringing attention to the “extraordinary costs” associated with air ambulance. Rep. Ruiz (D-CA) then expressed his ongoing concerns regarding the balance billing provisions of the No Surprises...

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In Memory of Patrick Wells Smith

Patrick Wells Smith, age 65, passed away unexpectedly on June 21, 2019, at his home in Reno, Nev.  He was well-known as a nationally-respected innovator and icon in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) industry. Most recently he was the President and CEO of REMSA (Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority) and Care Flight, based in Reno, from January 1990 through March 2013 and then President of SEMSA (Sierra Emergency Medical Services Authority) also based in Reno,  from April 2013 to June 2018. He was born on November 17, 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to parents Ted Arvel Smith and Margaret Wells Smith. He was the second of three children. He attended Minnetonka High School, got his start as an EMT in 1973 as a college student in Minnesota, and soon began taking on supervisory roles for EMS agencies in Minnesota and Oregon. In 1980 he was hired as an assistant director of Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust in Kansas City where he consulted to establish EMS systems in Fort Wayne, IN.; Pinellas County, FL; Fort Worth, TX; and Little Rock, AK. He worked as Vice President of Eastern Ambulance in Syracuse New York after that before moving to Reno.  He was well known (more…)

AAA Honors 107 EMS Professionals at 2019 Stars of Life Awards

For Immediate Release AAA HONORS 107 EMS PROFESSIONALS AT 2019 STARS OF LIFE AWARDS Contact Amanda Riordan 703-610-9018 ariordan@ambulance.org www.ambulance.org Washington, DC,  June 23, 2019– The American Ambulance Association (AAA) celebrated the best and brightest of EMS professionals during its annual Stars of Life celebration June 24-26. At this year’s event, 107 individuals from across the United States and Trinidad & Tobago, were honored as the 2019 Stars of Life. The Stars of Life program pays tribute to the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. During their time in Washington, the Stars of Life recipients, accompanied by executive hosts, met with members of Congress and congressional aides to discuss legislative issues critical to emergency medical services. In addition to honoring the Stars, Representative Terri Sewell of Alabama was recognized as Legislator of the Year for her distinguished service, and 25 United States Senators and Representatives received Legislative Recognition Awards for their support of ambulance services. # # # About the American Ambulance Association Founded in 1979, the AAA represents hundreds of ambulance services across the United States that participate in emergency and nonemergency care and medical transportation. The Association serves as a voice and (more…)

2019 AAA Legislative Awards

The American Ambulance Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 AAA Legislative Awards, in recognition of their strong advocacy for emergency medical services. Each legislator was chosen for their ongoing dedication to the ambulance services across the United States. 2019 AAA Legislator of the Year Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL) 2019 AAA Legislative Recognition Award Recipients Senators Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. Senator Susan M. Collins Senator Chuck Grassley Senator Doug Jones Senator Patrick J. Leahy Senator Pat Roberts Senator Charles E. Schumer Senator Debbie Stabenow Senator Jon Tester Senator John Thune Senator Ron Wyden Representatives Representative Earl Blumenauer Representative Rosa DeLauro Representative Debbie Dingell Representative Richard Hudson Representative Darin LaHood Representative Markwayne Mullin Representative Richard E. Neal Representative Devin Nunes Representative Steve Scalise Representative Scott Tipton Representative Fred Upton Representative Greg Walden Representative Peter Welch Representative Lee Zeldin

Representative Terri Sewell To Receive Highest Legislative Honor From American Ambulance Association

Washington, DC – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will honor Representative Terri Sewell with its Legislator of the Year Award in recognition of her advocacy for emergency medical services. Representative Sewell is scheduled to receive this honor at the AAA’s Annual Stars of Life Awards Ceremony on June 25 in Washington, D.C. The Stars of Life program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession. The Stars of Life program pays tribute to the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 107 EMS professionals will be honored as 2019 Stars of Life. In addition to Representative Sewell’s recognition as 2019 Legislator of the Year, 25 United States Senators and Representatives will receive Legislative Recognition Awards for their support of ambulance services. Representative Sewell was selected for the Legislator of the Year Award in recognition  for helping lead the effort that secured a five-year extension of the Medicare ambulance temporary add-on increases of 2% urban and 3% urban and the super rural bonus payment. Representative Sewell also ensured that other key provisions for the (more…)

House Introduces NEATSA Act Companion Bill (H.R. 3021)

House Introduces NEATSA Act Companion Bill (H.R. 3021) The American Ambulance Association (AAA) is pleased to announce that, Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) have introduced H.R. 3021 the “Non-Emergency Ambulance Transportation Sustainability and Accountability Act of 2019” or “NEATSA Act.” Last year, Congress included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 an offset to cover the cost of the 5 year extension of the add-ons. The offset cuts reimbursement for BLS non-emergency transports to and from dialysis centers by an additional 13%. This is on top of the preexisting 10% reduction. This legislation would restructure the offset so that a majority of the additional reduction would be focused on those ambulance service agencies in which 50% or more of their volume are repetitive BLS non-emergency transports to and from dialysis centers. H.R. 3021 is the reintroduction of H.R.6269 from last Congress. This legislation serves as a companion bill to the Senate version, S. 228 by Senator Cassidy (R-LA) and Senator Jones (D-AL) which was introduced in January 2019. The additional cut went into effect on October 1, 2018 and has since negatively impacted AAA members. As such, the AAA is grateful for the support of Congressman LaHood...

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