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Register Now: National EMS Advisory Council Meeting August 9-10

The National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) will host a hybrid meeting on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at 1:00 pm ET, and Thursday, August 10, 2023, at 12:00 pm ET. The meeting will highlight EMS program updates, share new initiatives and innovations and provide an opportunity for facilitated discussion and public comment. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting virtually.

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Items on the agenda include:

  • Updates from OEMS and FICEMS Chairperson
  • NRSS and Post-Crash Care update
  • Subcommittee reports on advisories in progress, including:
    • Adaptability and innovation
    • Equitable patient care
    • Preparedness and education
    • Professional safety
    • Sustainability and efficiency
    • Integration and technology
    • Ambulance crashes
  • Guest Presentations
    • Day 1: Prehospital Blood Transfusion Initiative with Jon Krohmer, MD
    • Day 2: Medical Countermeasures for First Responders with Judith Laney, PhD

Registrants who wish to address the Council during the public comment periods can submit comments in writing to by August 5, 2023. Questions and comments for the Council may also be presented using the live chat feature.


NEMSAC meets several times a year to discuss concerns facing the EMS community. Members of NEMSAC provide counsel and recommendations regarding EMS to the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) and the Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NHTSA is committed to providing equal access to this meeting for all program participants. Persons with disabilities in need of accommodation should send their request to Clary Mole by phone at (202) 868-3275 or by email to no later than July 27, 2023. A sign language interpreter and closed captioning services can be provided through the Zoom meeting platform upon request.

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AAA Encourages CMS to Consider Revised Innovation Model for Treatment in Place

Washington, DC— While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided to end the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model two years early on December 31, 2023, the American Ambulance Association (AAA) remains committed to working with CMS on all future efforts to design programs that fully utilize the ground ambulance services in the delivery of mobile healthcare services. CMS made the decision to end the model “due to lower than expected participation and lower than projected interventions.”

The AAA is encouraged that CMS has stated that, “the lessons learned from the ET3 Model can aid in the development of potential future initiatives.”  Our members are committed to supporting such future efforts to make sure that the requirements support true treatment in place and recognize the unique needs of rural ground ambulance services and the communities they serve.  Moreover, we encourage CMS to work with the AAA to move forward with alternative destination as a permanent policy based not only on the lessons learned from the ET3 model, but also those garnered as a result of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) waiver. The AAA continues to support efforts to refine the Medicare ground ambulance emergency benefit to support delivering pre-hospital services to the patients who need them at the time they need them and where they need them.

7/27 CMS Ambulance Open Door Forum

From CMS on July 19, 2023

CMS Open Door Forum

The next CMS Ambulance Open Door Forum scheduled for:

Date:  Thursday, July 27, 2023

Start Time:  2:00pm-3:00pm PM Eastern Time (ET);

Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time.

Conference Leaders: Jill Darling, Maria Durham 

**This Agenda is Subject to Change**

  1. Opening Remarks

Chair- Maria Durham, Director, Division of Data Analysis and Market Based Pricing

Moderator – Jill Darling (Office of Communications)

Announcements & Updates

  1. Ground Ambulance & Patient Billing Advisory Committee Meeting Announcement
  2. Update on Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model
  3. Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System (GADCS): Proposed Changes in the CY 2024 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
    1. Slide presentation will be available at:
  4. Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023:  Division FF, section 4103: Extension of Add-On Payments for Ambulance Services

III. Open Q&A


Next Ambulance Open Door Forum: TBA

ODF email:


This Open Door Forum is open to everyone, but if you are a member of the Press, you may listen in but please refrain from asking questions during the Q & A portion of the call. If you have inquiries, please contact CMS at Thank you.

NEW and UPDATED Open Door Forum Participation Instructions:

This call will be a Zoom webinar with registration and login instructions below.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Webinar ID: 161 099 7532

Passcode: 131371

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. You may also add the webinar to your calendar using the drop-down arrow on the “Webinar Registration Approved” webpage after registering. Although the ODFs are now a Zoom webinar, we will only use the audio function, no need for cameras to be on.

For ODF schedule updates and E-Mailing List registration, visit our website at

Were you unable to attend the recent Ambulance ODF call? We encourage you to visit our CMS Podcasts and Transcript webpage where you can listen and view the most recent Ambulance ODF call. The webinar recording and transcript will be posted to:

CMS provides free auxiliary aids and services including information in accessible formats. Click here for more information. This will point partners to our version of the “Accessibility & Nondiscrimination notice” page. Thank you.

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2023 Stars of Life Nominations Are OPEN!

Honor YOUR Stars in 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 EMS profession.

Recognize the unsung heroes at your ambulance service—nominate EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and other EMS professionals for this year’s class of Stars. Stars and their guests, accompanied by executive hosts, are celebrated in a series of events in our nation’s capital.

Stars of Life honors the contributions of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure.

Nominate a Star of Life
American Ambulance Association
Stars of Life 2023
November 6–8, 2023
Intercontinental Wharf | Washington, DC

Nominations close October 10, but early nomination is suggested as space is limited.

Eligibility—Who Are Our Stars?

All employees of ambulance services are eligible for nomination for the AAA Stars of Life program. All nominees are recognized as Stars. Examples of individuals commonly nominated include:

  • State-level Star of Life or other award program recipient
  • Employee of the year
  • On-duty or off-duty services above and beyond the call of duty such as special rescue or setting of significant records
  • Notable community contributions such as volunteer work, local leadership, partnerships with other organizations or agencies
  • Significant community distinction or honors related to ambulance, public safety, public health or health care services
  • Consistent services record which exemplifies your ambulance operation’s mission

Please note that we encourage individuals being honored poshumously to be recognized through the National EMS Memorial Service.

2023 Registration Rates

Registration opens in July, and closes October 10. Late submissions cannot be accomodated.

  • Stars – $549 member / $1098 non-member (+$150 after October 1)
  • Hosts – $549 member / $1098 non-member (+$150 after October 1)
  • Guests – $549 member / $1098 non-member (+$150 after October 1)
  • Banquet Only – $199 member / $398 non-member
Stars of Life Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations received in writing at by September 1, 2023 will be refunded less a 25% penalty. Cancellations received from September 2 to October 1, 2023 will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee.  No refunds will be issued after October 2, 2023. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.

Recognize Women Living Legends

Vanguards honor women leaders with 35+ years of extraordinary service to mobile healthcare.Nominate a Vanguard!››
Download 2023 Photo Slide PDF››

Know a Rising Advocacy Leader?

Nominations are also open for the AAA EMSNext leadership and education program focused on nurturing a new generation of EMS association and policy leaders.

Learn More››

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