Boston Workshop- SOLD OUT

Join the American Ambulance Association at in Boston 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 & 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.


Cataldo Ambulance
25 Eastern Avenue
Malden, MA 02148

Sponsored by

private ambulance services


ambulance membership services




Welcome, Speaker introductions and course objectives

ICD-10  Part I


ICD-10 Part II

Tour of Host Facility

Networking Lunch with Sponsors

Medicare Update Part I with Brian Werfel

PM Break

Medicare Update Part II

Putting it into Practice and Closing Comments

Final Q&

6.5 CEUs

Ambulance Coding workshops

Hotel Information

Hyatt Place Boston/Medford
4.212 Google reviews | 3-star hotel
116 Riverside Ave, Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (781) 395-8500
Distance from Cataldo: about 2.5 miles

This classic hotel is 5.4 miles from historic Faneuil Hall and 7.8 miles from the Museum of Fine Arts. and more.
Modern rooms feature free WiFi, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and separate living and sleeping areas. They also come with pull-out sofas and coffeemakers. Free hot breakfast and parking are available. Other amenities include an indoor pool and a fitness center, as well as a 24/7 menu and market, a coffee and cocktails bar, a business center and meeting facilities.

Four Points by Sheraton Boston Logan Airport
407 Squire Rd, Revere, MA 02151
Phone: (781) 284-7200
Distance from Cataldo: about 3 miles
Conveniently located 4.5 miles from Logan International Airport in Revere, MA and six miles from Boston’s many tourist sites, convention centers, universities, hospitals, and sports arenas. Just one mile away from the Blue Line T-Station, where guests can take the subway and arrive in downtown Boston within minutes.

Washington, DC Prior Authorization Regional Workshop

The AAA will be holding a one-day workshop for CEO’s and other senior ambulance service executives to cover Prior Authorization for repetitive patients. We invite you to be part of this important day of education that will help you better prepare for the expansion of the program. This event will be held in conjunction with a legislative fly-in on Thursday, October 1, 2015.


AAA Headquarters
8400 Westpark Dr
McLean, VA 22102

Sponsored by

emt association


9:00am-9:45 am
The Big Picture with Brian Werfel, Werfel and Werfel

Prior Authorization Success and Guidance
How to Prepare for the Expansion
with John Iazzetta, Alert Ambulance Service, New Jersey
Also presenting will be Nicci Warner with Novitas and Shannon Chase and Tammy Tucci with Palmetto

11:30 am-1:00pm –
Lunch and Q&A with Dr. William Rogers, CMS (confirmed)

What’s OIG’s Perspective and Role
AAA Policy Expert, Kathy Lester, Lester Healthcare Law

2:15 pm-3:15
More you need know regarding CMS, Prior Authorization and biller/payer requirements
Kathy Lester, Lester Healthcare Law
Tristan North, American Ambulance Association

2016 and Beyond
Kathy Lester, Tristan North and Brian Werfel

Hotels Nearby

Please be aware, the AAA has not negotiated any special rates for these hotels.

Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner
1960 Crowne Plaza
Tysons Corner, McLean, VA 22012
Situated in the heart of McLean, VA across the street from the Tysons Corner Metrorail Station, the Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner is the ideal venue for your next meeting, conference or event.
Sheraton Premiere
8661 Leesburg Pike
Tysons, Virginia, 22182

Nestled in the center of Northern Virginia’s newly energized urban and residential setting you will relish the conveniences of both town and country amenities and atmosphere. Adjacent to the Spring Hill Road Metrorail Silver Line Stop, our Tysons Corner hotel grants you the convenient access to all the things to do in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

CAAS Vehicle Standards Webcast

June 22, 2015 Member Webcast

The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America’s medical transportation system.

CAAS accreditation signifies that your service has met the “gold standard” determined by the ambulance industry to be essential in a modern emergency medical services provider. These standards often exceed those established by state or local regulation. The CAAS standards are designed to increase operational efficiency and clinical quality, while decreasing risk and liability to the organization.

Spotlight: Daniel Cavin

Daniel Cavin
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Director of Paramedic Education, IHM Academy of EMS

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised here in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri to Dennis and Cindy Cavin. I was the youngest of three with an eldest brother, Scott, and sister, Meghan. My parents have since divorced, but we all still have a very close knit relationship that is vital to all of us. I am married to my beautiful wife, Stacy, who gave me a lovely daughter, Ariya Shae Cavin.

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Spotlight: Aarron Reinert

Aarron Reinert
Isanti, Minnesota, USA
Executive Director, Lakes Region EMS
Treasurer, American Ambulance Association

Tell us a little about yourself.

This is my 25th year as a paramedic. I began my EMS career as a volunteer in a small rural ambulance service in central Minnesota. During my career I have had a number of different leadership experiences, including leading small rural services and large metropolitan services, as well as working for theMinnesota state EMS office.

Today I serve as the Executive Director for Lakes Region EMS. Lakes Region EMS is a rural ambulance service serving Minnesota and Wisconsin composed of 73 full-time staff with a Paramedic/EMT staffing pattern. Previous to Lakes Region EMS, I was the Field Services Manager for the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board. At the EMSRB, my projects included creating and implementing a statewide web-based data collection system, developing statewide EMS communication systems, and coordinating EMS bioterrorism preparedness.

I am also active on behalf of our industry on the national level. I serve on the board of directors for the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT), am a past board member for Advocates for EMS, and National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA), and was the chair for the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC). NEMSAC is a statutory advisory board whose members are appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to advise all of the federal government on EMS issues.

How did you come to work in the industry? How long have you been involved?

25 years. I was attending college in Willmar, MInnesota studying computer science and needed a part time job. The local ambulance service was looking for volunteers. As a former Boy Scout and Eagle Scout I thought the EMT class would be easy and fun, and, long story short, I fell in love. I left college, went to paramedic school, and continued with the volunteer service where I became the leader in 1994.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love working with my team. For me, they are my family. I am humbled and honored every day with the incredible things they do.

What is your biggest professional challenge?

Finding the time to do what I know is most the most important, listening to my staff, and deeply understanding their needs.

What is your typical day like?

I travel for my organization and our industry almost half the time. My day might be in a meeting in D.C., or meeting with my team at our offices. No day is the same.

How has participation in AAA membership and advocacy helped your organization?

Too many ways to list, but a few examples:

1.     Helping me to grow as a leader

2.     Connecting with experts all across the nation

3.     Learning new and better ways to lead my organization.

Spotlight: James Rattunde, 2015 Star of Life

James Rattunde
Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA
NR-EMT at Baraboo District Ambulance Service
2015 AAA Stars of Life Honoree

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have lived in Necedah, WI my entire life. I will have been married to my first wife for 39 years in August. We were blessed with twins, a daughter and a son. We also have five grandchildren ages 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2. I love the outdoors, landscaping, lawn and garden, camping (although now in a 5th wheel—not a tent), waterskiing and watersports, and helping others.

How did you come to work in the industry? How long have you been involved?

When my younger brother was about 7 or 8 years old he fell down the stairs with a piece of candy in his mouth. The candy got caught in his throat and he started choking. I never forgot the look on my mother’s face as my brother turned blue and we thought surely he would die. Henry Wegner came running thru the front door of our house and—probably due to his military training—knew just what to do. Henry was able to dislodge the candy and my brother survived. By the way, the ambulance was a white 1962 Ford with a 352 Thunderbird V-8 and a Siebert chasis. I believe to this day that this event is what inspired me to want to be able to help others, just the way Henry did. Mr. Wegner died just a couple of years ago well into his 90s.

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Join Our Efforts to Receive Permanent Medicare Relief

After countless hours of work by the American Ambulance Association’s (AAA) legislative team, our champions on Capitol Hill, volunteer leaders, members and other organizations, we are pleased to once again announce the 33-month extension of Medicare ambulance relief.  This extension will continue the 2% bonus for urban areas, the 3% bonus for rural transports and the bonus payment for super rural areas.  This is a major victory for the AAA and its members as the extension will supply important funding to allow ambulance services to continue to provide essential medical care to their communities.

That being said, we can’t let the momentum stop!  The AAA is still fighting and pushing on Capitol Hill for a permanent extension of Medicare relief rather than a temporary fix.  With a short-term extension it remains difficult for ambulance services to properly budget for the future and prepare for the uncertainties of being a health care provider.  The AAA continues to seek support and cosponsors for the Medicare Ambulance, Access, Fraud Prevention, and reform Act of 2015 (S. 377, H.R. 745).  In addition to permanent Medicare ambulance relief, this bill includes several additional provisions that will help ambulance services to grow and provide critical care services to patients.  These additional provisions include:

–     Categorizing ambulance services as “providers” rather than “suppliers”. The AAA wants its members and all ambulance services to be recognized properly for the medical services they provide.  As you are aware, an ambulance is often the first place that a patient is provided critical care and service.  For this reason, the bill includes language that would recognize ambulance services as “providers” rather than “suppliers”.

–     Prior Authorization Program. The same bill that extended Medicare ambulance relief for 33 months also included a prior authorization program that would extend to several states on the East Coast in 2016 and nationwide in 2017.  The AAA is working with legislators on Capitol Hill, our Medicare Consultants, and AAA members to help with the roll-out of the prior authorization program.  Keep your eyes peeled for further information and resources that the AAA will be providing.

–     Ambulance Cost Data Collection. The bill directs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use a survey approach to collecting cost data from a statistically significant number of ambulance service providers.  It is critical that Congress have cost data from all the different types of providers to make future changes to the ambulance fee schedule.

With each of these significant provisions, the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act of 2015 will help position AAA members and ambulance services for the future.  It will provide critical funding as well as opportunities for recognition, growth and knowledge.

Shawn Baird, Co-Owner of Woodburn Ambulance Service and Co-Chair of the AAA’s Government Affairs Committee, said this about the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act of 2015

“While the extension of our temporary ambulance relief provides hard earned breathing room, it is more essential than ever to get members of Congress signed on as co-sponsors of our permanent ambulance relief bills S. 377 and H.R. 745.  Using this precious time to secure permanent funding, data collection that works for the industry and provider status with CMS is the only way we will be able to keep our issue a priority on Congress’s busy agenda. In our ambulance services at home we all know how important it is to keep pushing our companies to be ready for that next emergency call.   We never say it’s time to sit back and relax now that we ran that last call. It is the same with our effort on Capitol Hill. We have been building success and let’s keep it rolling forward!”

The American Ambulance Association asks that you help in our efforts to make Medicare ambulance relief permanent!   Please contact your members of Congress using the AAA’s online letter writing tool and ask them to co-sponsor the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Acts (S. 377 and H.R. 745).

Each member of the AAA plays a critical role in helping to achieve success in our legislative efforts.  With your help and expertise, we look to continue to represent you and your interests on Capitol Hill.