President’s Perspective April 2019

Dear Fellow AAA Members, Spring is in full bloom in Washington, D.C., and the American Ambulance Association is hard at work in our nation’s capital advocating for mobile healthcare providers. I am pleased to share with you several updates from your association. Advocacy Progress The AAA continues to forge ahead advocating for the legislative and regulatory priorities of our membership. Earlier this month, more than forty AAA volunteer leaders and members came to Washington, D.C., meeting with more than 100 congressional offices to advocate for Medicare policies and improved claims processing by the Department of Veterans Affairs for emergency ambulance services. (View photos on Facebook.) The AAA has also taken an active role in responding to potentially harmful “surprise billing” legislation. The AAA has been urging Members of Congress to recognize the unique and essential nature of emergency ambulance services and ambulance interfacility mobile healthcare transports. Ambulance service suppliers and providers are already heavily regulated at the local level and struggle with receiving adequate reimbursement. The Congress should protect patient access to ground ambulance services and continue to allow us to balance bill. The AAA is working closely with CMS and the RAND corporation on the development of the ambulance (more…)

2016 EMS Leadership Academy, Including a NEW Executive Level Retreat!

SafeTech Solutions’ Leadership and Supervisor Academies are featuring several courses in 2016 designed to encourage and develop leadership and management among the EMS community. Please join your peers at the following stimulating programs: EMS Leadership Academy [quote_right]”I had the opportunity to participate in Level I and Level II thus far, and without a doubt this was the best leadership training and education I have ever received in my over 25 years of participating in professional development seminars. I cannot wait to participate in Level III and IV in 2016.”           — Maria Bianchi                             Executive Vice President, AAA [/quote_right] A dynamic four-level, 60-hour educational program designed for current & future leaders, focusing on developing leadership skills, creating vision, getting people to follow you & managing organizational & cultural change. EMS Supervisor Academy An intense, three-level, 60-hour immersive experiential education program to develop frontline EMS supervisors who are key facilitators of high employee engagement & operational success. Executive-Level Retreat (New for 2016!) The practice of leadership never stops. Great leaders continue to take time for their growth and development. This two-day retreat is an opportunity to meet with other Leadership Academy graduates from across the country & support your practice of leadership. View (more…)