June 16 | EMS ESOP Webinar

How to Use an ESOP in These Turbulent Times June 16 | 14:00 ET | Free Webinar The COVID-19 pandemic will likely have a financial impact on ambulance services for 2020, 2021, and perhaps for several years beyond. During this era, many private for-profit mobile healthcare providers will be looking for ways to minimize corporate taxes and maximize cash preservation, while also maintaining competitive employee benefits. Other companies will be looking for ways to create liquidity for shareholders who wish to retire or reduce their ownership stake. This session will cover the basics of Employee Stock Ownership Plans, but more importantly how new ESOPs can be structured and used to increase private ambulance service cash flow and motivate employees in times of uncertainty and stressed balance sheets. ABOUT PHILIP E. DeDOMINICIS Phillip DeDominicis, MBA has served as the East Coast Partner of Menke & Associates for the last 16 years. Previously, he served as director of mergers and acquisitions for Salomon Smith Barney. He is a seasoned public speaker and serves on numerous boards. ABOUT MENKE & ASSOCIATES Menke & Associates, Inc. was founded in 1974 by John Menke who co-authored the landmark ESOP legislation which subsequently spawned the industry. (more…)

WEBINAR: EMS: Patient Care and Operations | Monday, June 1

Our partners at the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response are hosting a COVID-19 Clinical Rounds webinar next week. See below for more information and links to register. And be sure to access the latest COVID-19 information for EMS at the updated COVID-19 Resources for EMS. EMS: Patient Care and Operations Monday, June 1, 2020 12:00 PM EDT / 9:00 AM PDT Webinar Agenda Welcome and Introductions Jon R. Krohmer, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Director, Office of EMS, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Patient Care and Operations Lekshmi Kumar, MD, MPH, FACEP, Associate Professor, Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Grady EMS Bill Salmeron, Chief, New Orleans EMS Q & A and Discussion Sign up to receive the latest news from the Office of EMS, including webinars, newsletters and industry updates. Contact Us 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590 nhtsa.ems@dot.gov...

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EPIC Webinar 5/27: Hurricanes & COVID-19

2020 Hurricane Season During COVID-19 Are you prepared for the 2020 hurricane season while the world is also responding to COVID-19? CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health is joining the CDC EPIC Team Wednesday, May 27, at 1 p.m. EST. CDC experts will discuss possible health risks that could come from hurricanes combined with COVID-19; planning for the 2020 hurricane season while adhering to guidance on social distancing; and how community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and public health professionals can effectively communicate messages. Closed captioning will be available. Click here to learn more about this webinar, including continuing education options. More information on this webinar, previous EPIC webinars, and continuing education can be found on the EPIC Webinar website. Webinar Information When: May 27, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET   Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1614675517 Or iPhone one-tap: US: +16692545252,1614675517# or +16468287666,1614675517# Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 Webinar ID: 161 467 5517 International numbers available: https://www.zoomgov.com/u/aedA7dyLM2    

CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

ADVISORY MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list. This list is intended to help State, local, tribal and territorial officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Decisions informed by this list should also take into consideration additional public health considerations based on the specific COVID-19-related concerns of particular jurisdictions. This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard. Additionally, this advisory list is not intended to be the exclusive list of critical infrastructure sectors, workers, and functions that should continue during the COVID-19 response across all jurisdictions. Individual jurisdictions should...

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AAA Membership Town Hall with Senator Bill Cassidy

Members-Only Exclusive Town Hall Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 9:30am EST Join U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) for an exclusive members-only Virtual Town Hall Meeting on health care and COVID-19. Senator Cassidy will provide his perspective on the critical role of health care providers during the response to COVID-19. He will also offer insight into the direction the Senate is heading with regard to provider relief. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) Dr. Bill Cassidy is the senior United States Senator for Louisiana. Bill grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended Louisiana State University (LSU) for undergraduate and medical school. In 1990, Bill joined LSU Medical School teaching medical students and residents at Earl K. Long Hospital, a hospital for the uninsured. During this time, he co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic providing free dental and health care to the working uninsured. Bill also created a private-public partnership to vaccinate 36,000 greater Baton Rouge area children against Hepatitis B at no cost to the schools or parents. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Bill led a group of health care volunteers to convert an abandoned K-Mart building into an emergency health care facility, providing basic health...

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Watch now: HHS Funding For EMS

HHS Funding For EMS: What You Need to Know & How to Calculate Net Patient Revenue Join Asbel Montes, Brian Werfel, Steve Wirth as they discuss how to register, apply, and calculate net patient revenue correctly to maximize the amount of revenue you can receive from the second allocation of general funds. Panelists will also review the process of submitting claims for uninsured patients which begins on May 6th. Hear straight from the experts on the dos and don’ts of revenue calculation, reporting periods, definition of terms and strategies to overcome the challenge of providing data from 2018 in a way that meets the criteria of CMS. This webinar is a must for all ambulance service providers as they navigate the sometimes complex, oftentimes confusing avenues of relief offered through the Cares Act. Download the slides for the presentation HERE...

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EMS Week Featured Service Application

EMS Week will take place from May 17–23, 2020.  To celebrate the extraordinary contributions of ambulance services to the communities they serve, we will be featuring specific services throughout EMS week on AAA’s website and social media. If you would like to apply to have your service featured, please complete and submit all fields below by May 7. Thank you for your service to your community!      

2020 Medicare Reference Manual & Medicare Update Webinar

The 2020 Medicare Reference Manual and the 2020 Medicare Update Webinar are both available for purchase. Please see details below! 2020 Medicare Update Webinar Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 2:00pm EST Presenter: Brian Werfel, Esq. $99 for AAA-Members | $198 for Non-Members Join A.A.A. Medicare Consultant Brian S. Werfel, Esq. for an update on recent changes to Medicare’s coverage of ambulance services. This webinar coincides with the American Ambulance Association’s release of its 2020 Medicare Reference Manual. Brian will discuss recent changes in Medicare policy, including changes to the rules governing the enforcement of fraud and abuse, the appeals process, etc. We will also discuss Medicare’s proposed plan for the ET3 Program, the national expansion of the prior authorization model for scheduled non-emergency transports, and much more. Of course, we will also discuss Medicare’s coverage of ambulance services during the current COVID-19 process. This will include a frank discussion of the issues related to medical necessity for the transportation of known or suspected COVID-19 patients, the coverage of transports to field hospitals and other alternative destinations, the current status of certain administrative rules like the Medicare patient signature requirement and the Notice of Privacy Practices, etc. The session will include an extended (more…)

 Webinar | Living Room Leadership

Living Room Leadership – Addressing Telework, IT, Compliance and Security Issues in a Remote Office Environment Wednesday, April 17, 2020 | 1:00 pm Eastern Time Presented by:  Katie Arens, Scott Moore, Esq., and Frank Gresh During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, EMS providers have been forced to adopt new strategies for working while social distancing, though this has raised new challenges. Join Director of Customer Accounts & Mobile Health Solutions at LIFE EMS Katie Arens, EMS workforce consultant Scott Moore, and Chief Technology Officer at EMSA Frank Gresh as they discuss the challenges and solutions to the new normal of working from home. Learn best practices for IT support and maintenance, compliance, cybersecurity, and other challenges facing the at-home workforce.

Webinar Materials & FAQ: Claims Guidance for COVID-19

Webinar: How to Best Document and Track Claims Related to COVID-19 Recorded: Thursday, March 26th | 12:00pm Eastern View On-Demand Recording View PPT Slides FAQ of unanswered webinar questions: Is the idea that the ET3 model will be pushed to all ambulance companies or only previously selected participants? The request into CMS and leadership during the declared public health emergency is to allow all ambulance providers and suppliers to transport patients or treat in place based upon the concepts outlined in the Emergency Triage, Treatment and Transport model as defined by CMMI’s release last year. While we wait for finalization of the ET3 protocols, will billing be allowed retroactively? If CMS follows other waiver provisions that they have been approving, then we would expect the waiver to be retroactive. However, that will be clearly identified when and if the final waiver is approved. Asbel spoke about Telehealth medical necessity, which we assume applies to the QHP.  Neither CMS nor the MAC has provided any guidance regarding MN guidance for the ambulance that is facilitating the telehealth.  CMS ET3 FAQ provides a non-answer. Can you advise? You will need to understand the nuances around telehealth and what Medicare requires as a (more…)