Savvik Cost Collection Grant Application

The Savvik Foundation and the American Ambulance Association have launched a grant program available to Savvik member ambulance services who are classified as rural or super-rural and who are preparing to comply with the Cost Data Collection program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Through Savvik Member purchases under contracts, the Savvik Foundation was able to fund grant dollars through the American Ambulance Association (AAA). Through this grant, services classified as rural or super-rural will be eligible to receive a one-year AAA Ambulance Cost Education Gold subscription, which includes access to experts on cost collection, access to AMBER software, and free registration to Webinars and Regional Workshops. To apply, complete the application form below.

2020 Stars of Life Nominations Are Open!

#StarsofLife | www.stars.ambulance.org | May 4-6, 2020 | Intercontinental Wharf | Washington, DC The American Ambulance Association’s 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 #mobilehealthcare profession. Nominate YOUR rockstars at www.stars.ambulance.org by March 1, 2020!

Nominate Your Rising Leaders! 40 Under 40 Due Jan 31

The American Ambulance Association is seeking nominations for its inaugural Mobile Healthcare 40 Under 40! This is your opportunity to recognize exceptional rising leaders as the future of EMS. Nomination Instructions To submit a nomination, please complete the form below. Nominations are due January 31, 2020. Incomplete nominations cannot be considered. Timeline Nominations are due January 31, 2020. Incomplete nominations cannot be considered. Honorees will be selected by the AAA Membership Committee and announced in February 2020. Selection Process & Criteria Honorees will be selected based ONLY on the information provided in their nomination form. Nominees should have contributed to their organization, state ambulance association, AAA, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession in an extraordinary way beyond faithful completion of job duties. Please be sure to include detail about the nominee’s impact to date and future promise. Please note that nominees must be under 41 on December 31, 2020 (meaning that they cannot turn 41 in 2020). No specific job role or title is required for consideration. Recognition Honorees will be recognized on the American Ambulance Association’s website and social media platforms. Winners will also receive complimentary registration to the 2020 AAA Annual Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada (more…)

Speak at Annual 2020!

AAA 2020 Session Proposals due January 31, 2020 AAA Annual Conference & Trade Show November 2–4, 2020 MGM Grand | Las Vegas, Nevada The American Ambulance Association Annual Conference & Trade Show brings together mobile healthcare leaders from across the country to learn, network, and plan for the future of our industry. AAA Annual is committed to empowering our participants with the insights and best practices they need to serve their patients as well as operate efficiently and profitably. Speaking at AAA 2020 is your opportunity to share best practices and insights with your peers as you build your personal brand. We invite you to submit your session proposals before January 31, 2020. Topics Sample speaking proposal topics considered for AAA 2020 include, but are not limited to: Recruitment, Retention, and Human Resources Operations, Risk Management and Safety Management and Supervision Leadership Development & Structure Improved Fleet Maintenance/Management Clinical/Quality Assurance Program Reimbursement/Patient Accounts Innovation, Technology, and Communications Emerging Healthcare Trends/Hot Topics Healthcare Reform/Public Health Session Formats & Lengths In 2020, AAA is focused on engaging attendees interactively in every session. This year, we are seeking submissions in the following formats: 15 Minute Quick Take (similar to TED Talks) 50 Minute Sunrise Session (Early (more…)

Summary of Final Rule on Ambulance Data Cost Collection

Summary of Final Rule on Ambulance Data Cost Collection The American Ambulance Association (AAA) has completed its review and summary of the Final Rule on the Establishment of an Ambulance Data Collection System drafted by Kathy Lester, Esq. To access the summary of the Final Rule, please click here. The Final Rule is scheduled to be published in the November 15 issue of the Federal Register. The AAA will continue to keep you informed about the implementation of the Ambulance Data Collection System....

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CMS Posts Final Ambulance Data Collection Instrument

CMS Posts Final Ambulance Data Collection Instrument The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the final version of the Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection Instrument. The Instrument is the guidance and mechanism by which CMS will request data from those ambulance service suppliers and providers selected in year one of the sampling. The posting of the final version of the Instrument follows the release on November 1 of the final rule on the development of an ambulance data collection system and subsequent release on November 2 of the list of the ambulance service suppliers and providers selected in year one to provide their data. To access the list by NPI number click here and to access the list by state click here. The AAA will keep you posted of new developments with the implementation of the data collection system as well as educational opportunities.

CMS Releases Final Rule on Ambulance Data Collection System

Late this afternoon, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule on the “Establishment of an Ambulance Data Collection System”. The rule was issued as part of the “Medicare Program; CY 2020 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies” [CMS-1715-F and IFC]. The final rule is scheduled for official publication in the November 15 issue of the Federal Register. The AAA is currently reviewing the final rule to determine changes on the ambulance data collection system from the policies as outlined in the proposed rule of August 15. The proposed rule set forth a system utilizing a survey tool and sampling of ambulance service providers and suppliers as directed by Congress and supported by the AAA. The AAA did, however, submit comments with suggestions as how to fine-tune the process and tool. The AAA also submitted a second letter on the section of the proposal rule making changes related to the physician certification statement (PCS). We will be issuing a follow up Member Advisory next week with the specific final policy changes on the ambulance data collection system and PCS outlined in the final rule.