NAAC Live 2020 Offers All Four Certification Courses

NAAC Live 2020 Offers All Four Certification Courses with Live, Real Time Instruction   Press Release Contact:   Jason Leet, Program Coordinator at 717-620-2692 j.leet@AmbulanceCompliance.com NAAC® – The National Academy of Ambulance Compliance for the first time ever is hosting all four NAAC certification programs at one virtual event – live and in real time – over two weeks in September.  Each course features live instructors that will answer questions in real time.  “These live courses offer an unparalleled opportunity to obtain all NAAC ambulance certification credentials in a dynamic and interactive setting,” said program coordinator Jason Leet.  “Course enrollees will get all their questions answered live,” Leet said. NAAC Live 2020 is different from the traditional, self-paced online courses offered by NAAC, according to Leet. During NAAC Live 2020, the courses will be presented live on specific class schedules: Certified Ambulance Compliance Officer™ – CACO® September 9 through 10, 2020 Certified Ambulance Coder® – CAC® September 14 through 16, 2020 Certified Ambulance Privacy Officer™ – CAPO® September 21 through 22, 2020 Certified Ambulance Documentation Specialist™ – CADS® – September 24, 2020 There is a registration fee for each course, which includes all course educational materials and includes the testing (more…)

Interim Guidance: COVID-19 and Field Trauma Triage Principles.

The Federal Healthcare Resilience Task Force has released interim guidance on COVID-19 and Field Trauma Triage Principles. This document provides a brief overview of how the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) impacts trauma triage for first responders, including Emergency Medical Service (EMS), fire & rescue, and law enforcement. The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This guidance document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies....

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COVID Resource Reporting Tool

The NHTSA Office of EMS has designed a reporting tool to provide you with a way to report personnel shortages, and PPE needs or “stress” your agency is experiencing due to the COVID outbreak and the impending Influenza season. The tool can be accessed HERE....

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Department of Health and Human Services Extends Deadline to Apply for Provider Relief Funds

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it would be extending the deadline for health care providers to apply to receive general distribution funding from the HHS Provider Relief Fund.  The deadline to apply for these funds was previously June 3, 2020. Relevant Background On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  As part of that Act, Congress allocated $100 billion to the creation of a “CARES Act Provider Relief Fund,” which will be used to support hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front lines of the nation’s coronavirus response.  An additional $75 billion was allocated as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, bringing the total “Provider Relief Fund” up to $175 billion.  This $175 billion will be distributed to health care providers and suppliers to fund healthcare-related expenses or to offset lost revenue attributable to COVID-10. HHS ultimately elected to allocate these funds through a $50 billion “general allocation,” and multiple smaller “targeted allocations.” Under its general allocation program, HHS intended to provide health care providers with funds roughly equal to 2% of the provider’s 2018 “net patient...

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AAA Letter to Trump about Press Conference

On August 11, AAA President Aarron Reinert sent a letter to President Trump in follow up to the White House Press Conference last week in which President Trump engaged in dialogue with a reporter about the need for additional ambulance relief....

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COVID-19 employee Travel FAQ

Over the last week, we have received several questions from AAA members about various COVID-19 impacts on EMS organizations.  As the infection numbers around the country are on the rise, many new issues have arisen that are posing issues with many EMS employers. Travel Orders What can I do when our employee voluntarily chooses to travel out of state and, due to state level travel orders which require mandatory quarantine for 14 days upon their return, the employee cannot work and is seeking to be paid emergency leave under the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) or take additional unpaid leave during the quarantine period? As an employer, you have several options.  One of the most important things to know is that your employee does have to abide by any federal, state, or local quarantine order.  However, this does not mean that the employer is helpless in addressing this the issue of employee voluntary travel.  The last few months have been incredibly trying on all of us, particularly those who are on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that employees are looking to take vacations out of state.  While this is understandable, the employee is still making...

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Webinar: EMS, Stress and Cultivating Resilience

Special EMS Focus webinar on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m. EDT /12 p.m. PDT will address the challenges and stresses of EMS work and offer practical advice for cultivating resilience Adversity and stress are unavoidable aspects of serving as EMS clinicians, thanks to the challenges of everyday EMS work and the added difficulties brought on by extraordinary events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. There are ways, though, to cultivate resilience, recognize and manage stress, and turn adversity into an opportunity for personal growth and becoming a better version of yourself. In this webinar, two EMS veterans, leaders and resilience experts will engage in a conversation about self-awareness, self-care, and specific actions, practices and wisdom for living well. Mike Washington, MSW, is a 27-year firefighter/EMT with the Seattle Fire Department, a mental health therapist and a multiple combat tour Marine veteran with a powerful story about his own journey to wellbeing. He’ll be joined by organizational psychologist John Becknell, PhD, a former paramedic who studies and works with EMS, fire and law enforcement in areas of living well, peer support, organizational culture and leadership development. Kate Elkins, MPH, an EMS specialist with the NHTSA Office of EMS and paramedic with more than two...

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State-Level COVID Funding and Distribution

From Dept. Of Treasury:  The Department of the Treasury Office of Inspector General (OIG) is responsible for monitoring and oversight of the receipt, disbursement, and use of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments. On July 2, 2020, OIG notified each prime recipient of an Interim Report requirement for reporting costs incurred during the period March 1 through June 30, 2020. State and local governments have spent a minimal amount of funds allocated as part of Congressional relief packages, according to the Treasury Inspector General. The Inspector General published data showing how much each state was given from the federal government and how much each state has spent as of June 30th. While the report doesn’t reflect data for the month of July yet, members may work within their states to try to obtain funding there as well. To learn more about this Treasury Report, CLICK HERE. You will find a list of statements and disbursements to local entities....

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