KHN | With No Legal Guardrails for Patients, Ambulances Drive Surprise Medical Billing

This week’s Kaiser Health News piece on surprise coverage includes less than a paragraph of the information provided by AAA Executive Director Maria Bianchi and Communications Chair Rob Lawrence. AAA is deeply disappointed by the lack of balance and inadequate representation of the EMS perspective in this coverage.

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CO | Anesthesiologists want paramedics to stop injecting people with ketamine during arrests

From the Colorado Sun

A group of Colorado anesthesiologists wants paramedics to stop injecting people with a powerful sedative when police believe suspects are out of control until officials finish a review launched nearly a year after the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man put in a stranglehold by officers and injected with ketamine.

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2020 Member Yearbook | Vendors & State Associations

The American Ambulance Association is creating a “yearbook” for 2020 to highlight EMS’s incredible response to the pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes, civil unrest, opioids, and more. We would also love to feature our vendor members and state ambulance associations as we know you are critical to the success of mobile healthcare.

To participate, please complete the short form below!

Please submit your responses by October 31, 2020. One hardcopy book will be mailed to the primary address of each member organization in early February 2021. Organizations that do not submit data will be listed as members, but not featured. All fields are required. Please proofread carefully!

AMBULANCE SERVICE MEMBERS, please complete this form instead!

2020 Yearbook | Vendors & State Associations

  • Email of person completing this form
  • Please upload your company logo with a TRANSPARENT or WHITE background in PNG or JPG/JPEG format. Largest side should be between 200-400 pixels.
  • Please abbreviate "Emergency Medical Services" as "EMS" but spell out all other words. Please omit Inc, Corp, LLC, etc.
  • Enter a description of your organization as well as any details you would like to share about how you supported EMS during the turbulence of 2020's pandemic, fires, hurricanes, civil unrest, and more. Max 1500 characters. Please proofread for spelling, grammar, and capitalization carefully as your entry will not be edited before publication. Enter in paragraph form, not bullet dots.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

2020 Member Yearbook | Ambulance Services

Help AAA tell the story of EMS in 2020… in YOUR words and about YOUR community!

2020 has challenged every EMS provider in the country in myriad ways—pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes, civil unrest, opioids, and more. Please take a moment to share with the American Ambulance Association details and photos about YOUR service for inclusion in a virtual and hardcopy yearbook that will be produced in January 2021. The yearbook will highlight the extraordinary contributions of mobile healthcare providers across the country.

Member organizations, please submit your responses by October 31, 2020. One hardcopy book will be mailed to the primary address of each member organization in early February 2021. Organizations that do not submit data will be listed as members, but not featured. All fields are required. Please proofread carefully!

2020 Yearbook | Ambulance Services

  • Email of person completing this form
  • Please upload your company logo with a TRANSPARENT or WHITE background. The largest side should be between 200-500 pixels.
  • Please abbreviate "Emergency Medical Services" as "EMS" but spell out all other words. Please omit Inc, Corp, LLC, etc. Ex: LifeMedStar EMS
  • Enter a whole number
    Please enter a number from 0 to 10000000.
  • Share with us a short description of your ambulance service. You may wish to include when you were founded, what communities you serve, the levels of care you provide, your mission/commitment to the community, how many ambulances you operate, and other similar details. Max 1200 characters (about 150 words). Please proofread for spelling, grammar, and capitalization carefully as your entry will not be edited before publication. Enter in paragraph form, not bullet dots.
  • Share briefly about your service's response to COVID-19 stresses, fires, hurricanes, civil unrest, opioids etc as well as the positive impact you had for your community in these hard times. Max 1200 characters. Please proofread for spelling, grammar, and capitalization carefully as your entry will not be edited before publication. Enter in paragraph form, not bullet dots.
  • Please enter the TOTAL number of your personnel (Employees or Volunteers) who were quarantined due to potential exposure, confirmed exposure, suspected COVID-19 status, and/or confirmed positive COVID-19 status.
  • Upload a photo of your team in action during 2020.
  • Upload a photo of your team in action during 2020.
  • Upload a photo of your team in action during 2020.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Study | Vitamin D reduces risk of ICU admission

From The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

“Of 50 patients treated with calcifediol [bloodstream-form Vitamin D], one required admission to the ICU (2%), while of 26 untreated patients, 13 required admission (50%)… Of the patients treated with calcifediol, none died, and all were discharged, without complications. The 13 patients not treated with calcifediol, who were not admitted to the ICU, were discharged. Of the 13 patients admitted to the ICU, two died and the remaining 11 were discharged.”

Read the full study> Castillo, Marta Entrenas, et al. “Effect of Calcifediol Treatment and best Available Therapy versus best Available Therapy on Intensive Care Unit Admission and Mortality Among Patients Hospitalized for COVID-19: A Pilot Randomized Clinical study.” The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2020): 105751.

CMS Updates Medicare COVID-19 Snapshot

From CMS on September 3, 2020

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released our monthly update of data that provides a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population. The updated data show over 773,000 COVID-19 cases among the Medicare population and nearly 215,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Other key findings:

  • The rate of COVID-19 cases among Medicare beneficiaries grew 40% since the July release to 1,208 cases per 100,000 beneficiaries.
  • Similarly, the rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries grew 33% since the July release to 338 hospitalizations per 100,000 beneficiaries.
  • Weekly counts of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations reached the lowest point to date in late June and began to increase in July.
  • The rate of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations grew the most among disabled beneficiaries, Hispanic beneficiaries, and Medicare-only beneficiaries (those who are not dually eligible for Medicaid).
  • Medicare Fee-for-Service (Original Medicare) spending associated with COVID-19 hospitalizations grew to $3.5 billion or just over $25,000 per hospitalization.
  • Data on discharge status and length of stay for COVID-19 hospitalizations remained similar to previously reported figures in the July release. 29% of beneficiaries went home at the end of their hospital stay and 24% died. Nearly half of the hospitalizations lasted 7 days or less while 5% lasted more than 31 days.

The updated data on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries covers the period from January 1 to July 18, 2020. It is based on Medicare Fee-for-Service claims and Medicare Advantage encounter data CMS received by August 14, 2020.

For more information on the Medicare COVID-19 data, visit: https://www.cms.gov/research-statistics-data-systems/preliminary-medicare-covid-19-data-snapshot

For an FAQ on this data release, visit: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/medicare-covid-19-data-snapshot-faqs.pdf