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.

Cost Data Collection: So You’ve Been Selected—Now What?

It’s finally here! For almost a decade the American Ambulance Association has been preparing for this moment: collecting cost data in order to justify the reimbursement inadequacies of our current payment system. As Benjamin Franklin stated, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” So prepare we did! Our research indicated that due to industry capacity, a provider sample and survey approach would be preferable to a mandatory cost reporting structure. Congress agreed! Our research indicated that different organizational structures made us unique healthcare providers and as such, EMS’s special nature should be considered in the collection tool developed. Congress agreed! No one knows our industry better than we do and the final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicates they listened! So your ambulance service was selected for the 2020 reporting period—now what? Here is your 10 STEP PLAN. STEP 1: Sign up for the latest information on ambulance cost data collection. Subscribe to email updates from the American Ambulance Association’s Ambulance Cost Education page, www.ambulancereports.org. Not only will we make sure you get the latest information disclosed from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, but we will also provide you with quick tutorials...

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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…)

January Law Changes– OR, NJ, NY, NV

Oregon Pregnancy Accommodations Law   Following many other states, the new law prohibits employers from deny employment opportunities to applicants or employees who need reasonable accommodations due to or related to their pregnancy or childbirth.  New Jersey Pay Inquiry Restrictions   This law prohibits screening candidates based upon an applicant’s prior wage history. It is also illegal to establish a job candidate’s salary or benefits compensation based upon their prior salary or wage history. New York Pay Inquiry Restrictions   This law prohibits all employers from inquiring about a job candidate’s wage history or relying on prior wage levels in establishing compensation or benefits. Nevada Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing Restrictions   This law exempts employees who are firefighters, EMTs or who operate motor vehicles during the course of their duties.  While this would eliminate many positions within an EMS agency.  EMS employers who are not Federal Contractors or Grantees, need to heed these restrictions for those positions within their organization that do not fit into one of the exempt positions below....

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Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Update

The U.S. DOL issued the final rule that will update the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) beginning on January 1, 2020. Under the final rule, nearly 1.3 million workers who were previously exempt from overtime pay will now be eligible. These changes, which were initially proposed by the Obama Administration in 2015, were updated under the Trump Administration this year to provide an increase to the minimum salary level under the so called “white collar” exemptions. The minimum salary level will increase from $455 per week to $684 (new level $35,568 annually) for those employees who meet the “white collar” positions as Executive, Administrative, Professional or Computer employees.  Services are encouraged to conduct an analysis of all positions that they currently pay on an exempt salary basis to ensure that these roles will continue to meet the exemption requirements under the new FLSA provisions. Assistance is available for all AAA members. Please email info@ambulance.org with any questions....

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