Ask Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor Permanent Medicare Relief Legislation

Yesterday morning, Congressmen Walden, Welch, Nunes and Neal sent a Dear Colleague to their fellow members of the House of Representatives asking them to cosponsor the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act of 2015 (S. 377, H.R. 745). This bill will make the current temporary ambulance add-on payments permanent for all ambulance services.

Even with our recent victory of a temporary 33-month extension of crucial Medicare ambulance relief, our Champions on Capitol Hill realize the importance of receiving permanent Medicare relief. They, like every ambulance service across the country, understand that a permanent solution is necessary to provide quality health care to individuals and our communities both today and tomorrow.

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Ask Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor Permanent Medicare Relief Legislation

Yesterday morning, Congressmen Walden, Welch, Nunes and Neal sent a Dear Colleague to their fellow members of the House of Representatives asking them to cosponsor the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act of 2015 (S. 377, H.R. 745). This bill will make the current temporary ambulance add-on payments permanent for all ambulance services.

Even with our recent victory of a temporary 33-month extension of crucial Medicare ambulance relief, our Champions on Capitol Hill realize the importance of receiving permanent Medicare relief. They, like every ambulance service across the country, understand that a permanent solution is necessary to provide quality health care to individuals and our communities both today and tomorrow.

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Community Paramedicine’s Growth Hindered by Reimbursement Issues

From Politico’s “Reimbursement issues block paramedics from expanded role“—

Despite the track record of [community paramedicine] initiatives in places like Nevada and Texas, where paramedics are providing in-home care, coordinating patient services and saving millions in the process, Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans still won’t reimburse for such work. The program successes to date are only beginning to change that…

Nationwide, the impact from reducing ambulance calls and demands on ERs while freeing up doctors could be huge. A 2013 study in Health Affairs estimated that more flexible reimbursement for paramedicine approaches could save Medicare $283 million to $560 million annually and similar sums for private insurers.

AAA Members Named to NEMSAC

On May 12, 2015, two AAA member leaders were appointed to the  National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC) by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. NEMSAC advises the Department of Transportation and the Federal Interagency Committee on critical EMS issues.

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Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB)

For many years, one of the top legislative priorities of the AAA has been the expansion of the Public Safety Officer’s Benefits (PSOB) to all private emergency medical services (EMS) professionals.  Originally, Congress established the PSOB program to provide assistance to police officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMT) in the event of a death in the line of duty.  However, the benefits only apply to those public safety officers employed by a federal, state, or local government entity or a private non-profit emergency medical services agency or company.

Paramedics and EMTs employed by a private, for-profit EMS company provide identical services to their governmental and private non-profit counterparts and do so daily in the same dangerous environments. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is presently reviewing its guidelines on “active shooter” and may revise its policy of paramedics and EMTs waiting until a scene is secure before entering to provide urgent medical care to a victim. While paramedics and EMTs employed by private EMS companies already put the lives of others first, the review of the FEMA guidelines as federal policy puts a greater emphasis on the need to apply the federal PSOB program to all first responders.

The Dale Long Act, 2012

In 2012, our voice was heard when the Dale Long Act (S. 385, Public Law 112-239) was signed into legislation.  The act extends the PSOB program to employees and volunteer members of non-profit EMS organizations.  While we would have liked to see the benefits extended to all EMS professionals, both public and private, we celebrated the victory and continue to fight for complete coverage.

It is inequitable to penalize dedicated public safety officers and their families simply because of their employer type and it is now time for Congress to fully correct this disparity and legislate that the PSOB program cover those paramedics and EMTs employed by a private EMS company.

What You Can Do to Help

Currently, the AAA is continuing efforts to find House and Senate sponsors for expansion of the PSOB to for-profit service providers.  In the past, members of Congress have been motivated to act by specific examples of inequity within their states and districts.  If you have a strong relationship with your elected officials and feel that you can help with this issue, please contact Tristan North, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, at tnorth@ambulance.org.

Fort Worth ICD-10 Sold Out!

Join the American Ambulance Association at MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Dallas/Ft. Worth for a one day, hands on ICD-10 Workshop. Spend the day in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of individual attention geared to your specific service type. There will also be ample time for Q&A with our subject matter experts. Amanda Jimeson, CPC, will share the program she developed for EMSA and joining Amanda will the AAA’s Medicare Regulatory co-chairs, Angie Lehman, Vice President of Finance, EMSA, and Rebecca Williamson, Compliance Officer for Muskogee EMS and author of the AAA Compliance Guide. And to put it all in perspective will be AAA’s Medicare Consultant, Brian Werfel. You’ll receive helpful tools and walk away with an intimate understanding of ICD-10 coding and its proper application.

 

Location

MedStar Mobile Healthcare
2900 Alta Mere Drive
Ft. Worth, TX 76110

Agenda

9:00am-9:15am
Welcome, Speaker introductions and course objectives

9:15am-10:30am
ICD-10  Part I

10:30am-10:45am
Break

10:45am-12:00pm
ICD-10 Part II

12:00pm-12:15pm
Tour of Host Facility

12:15pm-1:15pm
Networking Lunch with Sponsors

1:15-pm-2:30pm
Medicare Update Part I with Brian Werfel

2:30pm-2:45pm
PM Break

2:45pm-3:30pm
Medicare Update Part II

3:30pm-4:30pm
Putting it into Practice and Closing Comments

4:30-5:00pm
Final Q&A

Sponsored by

private ambulance services

Solutions-Group-200

ambulance membership

6.5 CEUs

aaa conference Ambulance Coding

Hotel Information

La Quinta (New Property!)
7310 Calmont Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76116
Phone: (817) 244-4777
Distance from MedStar: 0.3 miles
The La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Worth West/I-30 hotel is conveniently located off I-30 in the Fort Worth Business District, near Lockheed Martin, Ridgemar Mall and the Naval Air Station and Joint Reserve Base. Some of our hotel amenities include a Free Bright Side Breakfast and wifi.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Worth I-30 West
6851 West Freeway, Fort Worth Texas 76116
Phone: (817) 731-9600
Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Worth I-30 West Near NAS JRB is in Fort Worth, TX and has outstanding amenities to make travel easy. Guests enjoy complimentary breakfast and on-site fitness facilities.

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St. Louis ICD-10 Regional Workshop

6.5 NAAC CEU’s

Join the American Ambulance Association our one day, hands-on ICD-10 workshop. Our first stop on on our ICD-10 junket will be Abbott EMS in St. Louis. Spend the day in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of individual attention geared to your specific service type. There will also be ample time for Q&A with our subject matter experts. Amanda Jimeson, CPC, will share the program she developed for EMSA and joining Amanda will the AAA’s Medicare Regulatory co-chairs, Angie Lehman, Vice President of Finance, EMSA & Rebecca Williamson, Compliance Officer for Muskogee EMS and author of the AAA Compliance Guide. And to put it all in perspective will be AAA’s Medicare Consultant, Brian Werfel. You’ll receive helpful tools and walk away with an intimate understanding of ICD-10 coding and its proper application.

2500 Abbott Place
St. Louis MO 63143

AAA Needs You! Speak or Write to Share Your Passion

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Speak at AAA 2015!

One of the best things about the American Ambulance Association community is the strength of our practitioner network. Members connect with one another at annual conference and beyond to solve problems, share best practices, and discuss key legislative issues.

Your active participation in this exchange of ideas is what enables AAA to serve its mission. We would like to invite you to take your involvement to the next level through the contribution of member content. Please read below to learn how you can speak or write for AAA and build your resume while supporting excellence and community in ambulance services.

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