2021 Stars of Life Postponed

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AAA Board of Directors recently voted to postpone the 2021 Stars of Life event originally scheduled for May. This decision was made regretfully and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our Stars, hosts, and guests. We are truly sorry for this disappointing change of plan. Please stay tuned for additional updates about the program in the coming weeks as we research the feasibility of a hybrid Stars of Life-2021 Annual Conference & Trade Show in Texas in November.

The American Ambulance Association deeply appreciates your continued support and participation, as well as your flexibility as we adapt our programs for the COVID-19 era.

EMS1 & FirstWatch Webinar | Public Sector EMS Grants

Grant me the Money!

Finding, completing, and winning grant funding in the public sector
Thursday, February 25th, 2021 | 10:30am PT
Followed by a 30 minute session on practical tools for FirstWatch customers and interested Public Safety agencies

More than $600 billion in nationwide grants is available to public safety agencies and local government each year—
but it can be difficult to navigate through the grant process. Few agencies have grants experts on staff, or the time to research opportunities and develop grant applications.

February’s “Conversations That Matter” will consult the professionals on where grant sources are, the methodology for completing applications, the key elements and evidence needed to write a successful grant, and the timetable for grant production.

Hosts Mike Taigman and Rob Lawrence will be joined by grants experts from Lexipol, the company behind EMS1, FireRescue1 and Police1. They have been helping public safety find and secure grants for more than 20 years.

In true CTM style, we’re sure our attendees will have tips to contribute as well.

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Feb 2 Webinar | Free: Best Practices in EMS Transformation During the Pandemic

Best Practices in EMS Transformation During the Pandemic
Co-Hosted by NASEMSO, NAEMSP, and AIMHI
Tuesday, February 2 | Noon ET
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Many EMS agencies have dramatically transformed their clinical and operational and approach for care delivery, as well as enhancing their role in the community, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. EMS regulators have had to navigate the regulatory environment to change rules that facilitate the changes necessary for EMS agencies to effectively serve their communities. Implementing transformational change requires strong clinical leadership, responsive operational acumen, and in many cases, changes in the regulatory environment. Successful transformation takes close collaboration with medical direction, operations and regulatory oversight.

Join panelists from the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration, the National Association of EMS Physicians, and the National Association of State EMS Officials as they highlight examples and best practices for navigating the clinical, operational and regulatory maze to facilitate transforming the role of EMS.

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Lytx | Free Fleet Webinar January 28

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Free Webinar January 28 at 2:00 ET

Savvy contractors know that GPS fleet management solutions are key for maximizing productivity, efficiency, safety, customer satisfaction, and more. In today’s modern world, they are adding new technology to take those benefits to the next level. Learn how the Lytx Fleet Tracking Map provides immediate fleet activity including geo-fencing, fuel economy, how to calculate stops in a day, and route.

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On-Demand | EMS Physician Virtual Town Hall: COVID Vaccines

Cohosted by NAEMT, NAEMSP, and NASEMSO
Recorded Thursday, January 7, 2021
2:00–3:00 pm EST

EMS practitioners have been serving as the “tip of the spear” in responding to and managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Paramedics and EMTs across the country have contracted COVID-19, and too many have succumbed to the virus. The launch of the vaccination program has included a great deal of information about the vaccines, not all of which has been accurate. Confusing or misleading information about COVID-19 vaccinations may cause some EMS practitioners to choose not to receive the vaccine.

To help cut through the noise, NAEMT has assembled some of our nation’s most notable EMS physician leaders for a virtual town hall to answer your questions and concerns regarding the COVID vaccines. This will be a spirited discussion, led primarily by the questions YOU ask. Questions can be asked live, or submitted in advance to Matt Zavadsky.

Moderator: Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT – Chief Strategic Integration Officer, Medstar Mobile Healthcare, Ft. Worth, TX; 2019-2020 President, NAEMT

Panelists:

  • Doug Kupas, MD, FAEMS, FACEP – EMS Medical Director, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; NAEMSP Board Member; NASEMSO Medical Director’s Council
  • Kenneth A. Scheppke, MD, FAEMS – EMS Medical Director, State of Florida; Medical Director, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
  • Veer D. Vithalani, MD, FACEP, FAEMS – System Medical Director, Office of the Medical Director, Metropolitan Area EMS Authority; Chief Medical Officer, MedStar Mobile Healthcare
  • Jon R. Krohmer, MD, FACEP, FAEMS – Director, Office of EMS, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Team Lead, HHS Healthcare Resiliency Working Group EMS/Prehospital Team

FirstWatch | The Promise, Potential, and Possible Pitfalls of ET3

Firstwatch Webinar on January 22 at Noon ET | Powered by Prodigy EMS

The ET3 program starts in earnest on January 1, 2021. This program has been a long time in the making, which COVID only prolonged.

In this installment of Conversations That Matter, guest facilitator Rob Lawrence explores the path to going live with ET3 with Matt Zavadsky (MedStar Mobile Healthcare, Fort Worth, Texas) and Hanan Cohen (Empress EMS, New York). You’ll learn about what they hope to achieve with their ET3 programs, how they’re measuring quality and success, and the potential for program expansion. They’ll also share their views on whether the new administration in Washington might support continuation or expansion of Treatment in Place and other initiatives that have been implemented as a result of the pandemic.

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Guest Host – Rob Lawrence, MCMI

Rob has part-time roles as Director of Strategic Implementation for Pro EMS of Cambridge, Mass. and the Executive Director of the California Ambulance Association. Rob is also the Principal of Robert Lawrence Consulting. Rob served as the California COO with Paramedics Plus after nine years as the COO of the Richmond Ambulance Authority. Prior to that, he was the COO for Suffolk as part of the East of England Ambulance Service. He is a graduate of the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, serving for 23 years as a Medical Support Officer. Rob is the Communications Committee Chair of the American Ambulance Association, a member of the EMS World Advisory Board, and an accomplished writer, broadcaster and international speaker.

Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT

Matt Zavadsky is the Chief Strategic Integration Officer at MedStar Mobile Healthcare. Matt has 41 years of EMS experience and has helped guide the implementation and financial sustainability of numerous innovative programs with healthcare partners. Matt is also the President of the National Association of EMTs and chairs their EMS 3.0 committee. He is the co-author of the book “Mobile Integrated Healthcare – Approach to Implementation” published by Jones & Bartlett Publishing. He has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration, with a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Data Management and is a member of the EMS World Advisory Board.

Hanan Cohen

Hanan is the Director of Business Development and Community Paramedicine at Empress EMS. He is a paramedic and community paramedic with 30 years experience in EMS and Hospital Administration. His major focus is on new program design to provide collaborative community health programs with hospitals in Westchester County, New York, and New York City. Through his efforts, Empress EMS launched community paramedic programs for two local hospitals in White Plains and the Bronx. These treat in place programs primarily focus on reducing readmission of high-risk patients with chronic disease to the hospital and preventing the use of the emergency room for non-emergency issues.
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Déjà Vu All Over Again—Cost Collection Delay

Speakers: Asbel Montes; Brian Werfel, Esq.; Scott Moore, Esq.
December 10. 2020 | 14:00 ET
Free to Members | $99 List

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Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they will be further delaying the mandatory ambulance cost data collection reporting until 2022. Cost collection was originally scheduled to start for 25% of EMS providers in 2020 and was delayed until 2021 due to the pandemic. CMS announced that, due to the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be pushing back the reporting requirements for 50% of the EMS providers until 2022.

It is more important than ever that EMS leaders prepare their organizations and align their financial practices and data systems to meet the requirements for the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting requirements beginning early in 2021, as well as, for the ambulance cost collection requirements starting in 2022. This webinar will discuss how the AMBER cost collection platform can assist EMS agencies in telling their pandemic-related financial story, ensuring that they can articulate the impacts to their services with real-time financial data. We are in a new era of financial accountability and any future COVID-19 related relief will require supporting financial data. The headlines are highlighting the fragility of the nation’s EMS systems. Accurate financial data will tell the story that cannot be ignored.

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Webinar Dec 3 | Patient-Centered QI and System Design

From Firstwatch, Prodigy EMS, and the Center for Patient Safety

Conversations that Matter:
Patient-Centered QI and System Design
December 3, 2020 | Noon ET | Learn More & Register►

Most EMS systems claim to put the patient first, yet they still work 24-hour shifts, drive ambulances designed so that patients face the rear, and have QI systems that are not connected to the rest of the healthcare system.

Join us for this installment of Conversations that Matter, when facilitator Mike Taigman will explore how to create a more patient- and people-centered EMS organization with Jeff Jarvis, MD, MS, EMT-P, medical director for Williamson County EMS and Marble Falls Area EMS; former paramedic and hospital executive Bill Atkinson, PhD, EMT-P; and Brian LaCroix, EMS coordinator with the Center for Patient Safety. This session is sure to expand your knowledge and may just challenge your beliefs in the process.

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Host – Mike Taigman, MA

Mike Taigman uses more than four decades of experience to help EMS leaders and field personnel improve the care and service they provide to patients and their communities. Mike is the improvement guide for FirstWatch and a nationally recognized author and speaker. He was the facilitator for the national EMS Agenda 2050 project and teaches improvement science in the Master’s in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership program at the University of California San Francisco. He will serve as host and facilitator for Conversations that Matter.

Jeff Jarvis, MD, MS, EMT-P

Jeff Jarvis, MD, MS, EMT-P, is the medical director for Williamson County EMS and Marble Falls Area EMS. He is a practicing emergency physician at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock, Texas. His experience in EMS and the broader health care field spans over 30 years, beginning as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He has served as a paramedic in three states, the Texas State EMS training coordinator and department chair of EMS Technology at Temple College. Dr. Jarvis served as a member of the EMS Agenda 2050 Technical Expert Panel and represents the American College of Emergency Physicians on the National EMS Quality Alliance Steering Committee.

Bill Atkinson, PhD, EMT-P

Bill Atkinson, PhD, EMT-P, is president of Guidon Healthcare Consulting in Raleigh, North Carolina. He began his career in healthcare leadership as one of the first EMTs and then paramedics in the state of North Carolina. Dr. Atkinson went on to a lengthy career in healthcare management, running hospitals in South Carolina, Texas and Colorado before returning home to serve as president and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center and, from 2003 until his retirement in 2013, WakeMed Health and Hospitals.

Brian LaCroix

Brian LaCroix serves as EMS coordinator with the Center for Patient Safety. He recently retired as president and EMS chief of Allina Health EMS in St. Paul, Minnesota, where had started as a field provider in 1997. LaCroix also served as the president of the National EMS Management Association, is a fellow in the American College of Paramedic Executives and holds a paramedic degree and a bachelor’s degree in business administration. HE also consults with organizations to recruit senior EMS leaders, develop individuals and grow leadership teams and has worked on extended international EMS projects in Nicaragua, France and Croatia.

Center for Patient Safety

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) provides expert support and resources across the healthcare continuum in our mission to reduce preventable harm.

For paramedicine providers CPS helps agencies cultivate a Culture of Patient Safety, manages a robust Patient Safety Organization for providers, offers education and support of mental and well-being of providers.

The Center is honored to be supporting the important dialogue of “Conversations that Matter!”

Webinar Dec 2 | CAD Data, AI, & Tech for EMS

Using the Power of CAD Data, Artificial Intelligence and Technology to Deliver High Performance, High Value EMS

Regular Price: $99.00
Member Price: $0.00

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 2:00pm Eastern
FREE for AAA Members | $99.00 for Non-Members
Sponsored by Logis

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Technology transformation in EMS is hard (and scary!). Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) systems are the backbone of effective EMS performance, data analytics, expanded services, and personnel satisfaction. Fort Worth’s MedStar revolutionized their dispatch operations to power not only more efficient and effective operations, but revolutionize their system away from being address-centric, to patient-centric. Learn how this high-performance system uses automation, machine learning and decision support technology to improve deployment, balance system efficiency with crew satisfaction, and provide enhanced services that would not be possible with ‘traditional’ CAD systems.

Joining us to provide insight into these issues from a variety of perspectives will be…

  • Elizabeth Roden has been a MedStar field provider for 6 years, and a AAA Star of Life in 2017.
  • Raylon Bryant is a dispatch supervisor in MedStar’s 9-1-1 communication center. Raylon originally joined MedStar in 2003 and was a field provider prior to joining the communications team.
  • Ken Simpson has been MedStar’s Chief Operations Officer since 2017.  Prior to joining MedStar, Ken led numerous high-performance EMS operations in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.
  • Matt Zavadsky is MedStar’s Chief Strategic Integration Officer.  He has helped lead the development and implementation of MedStar’s MIH programs since 2009.

Learn insights directly from the users of the technology, communications center and field personnel, as well as agency leaders about their experiences with MedStar’s CAD transformation from today’s technology, to the technology of tomorrow!

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2020 AAA Board of Directors Election Results

The winners of the 2020 AAA Board of Directors election are listed below. The term for each position will begin on January 1, 2021. Please join us in thanking all candidates for their service to the American Ambulance Association.

Executive Committee

President-Elect

Randy Strozyk
Senior Vice President- Executive Operations
Global Medical Response
Tukwila, WA

 


Treasurer

Julie Rose
Chief Executive Officer
Community Care Ambulance
Ashtabula, OH

 

 


Secretary

Jamie Pafford-Gresham
President and CEO
Pafford Medical Services
Hope, AR

 

 

Region I

Director (2022)

Mike Addario
Vice President of Operations- Northeast
Global Medical Response
Syracuse, NY


 

Alternate Director

Jim O’Connor
Vice President
Empress EMS
White Plains, NY

 

Region II

 

Director (2022)

Chuck Kearns
Chief Executive Officer
Mercy Ambulance Service
Savannah, GA

 


Alternate Director

Terence Ramotar
Director of Government Affairs
Global Medical Response
Tampa, FL

 

Region III

Director (2022)

 

Kim Godden
Vice President- Legal, Government Relations, and Compliance
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, Inc.
Elmhurst, IL

 

 


 

Alternate Director

*Vacant due to term limit*

 

Region IV

Director (2022)

Asbel Montes (2 years)
Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc.
Lafayette, LA

 

Tom Fennell (1 year)
Compliance Officer
Mayo Clinic Ambulance
Rochester, MN

 

 


 

Alternate Director

David Tetrault
Administrator/Chief Executive Officer
St. Francois County Ambulance District
Farmington, MO

 

Region V

Director (2022)


JD Fuiten
Owner & President
Metro West Ambulance Service, Inc.
Hillsboro, OR

 


Alternate Director


Paul Pedersen
Managing Partner
Arizona Ambulance Transport
Sierra Vista, AZ

 

 

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Ethics Committee

Allyn Girard (2022)
Golden Cross Ambulance
Region 1

Moises Segovia (2022)
Life Star EMS
Region 4

 

Savvik: New Programs and Deals

Savvik has awarded several new contracts recently that can assist AAA members in purchasing the supplies they need for operations. With hundreds of core vendors, Savvik Buying Group serves over 12,000 agencies in the United States and has outstanding contracts with reputable vendors. Savvik is dedicated to improving the general well-being of the public safety industry as a whole while providing Savvik members with quality products and services at the industry’s best prices. Several of these vendors are Covid-related and have products in stock, ready to ship.

New products include: 

  Prevent Active-Defense Cleaner

  • PREVNT™ cleans and prepares the surface for the application of our EPA registered disinfectant FRESCH™
  • Designed to continually clean for up to 90 days through photocatalysis.
  • Long-lasting, active cleaning without published negative repercussions of Quaternary Ammonium products.
  • Titanium dioxide (TiO₂) nanotechnology is an active naturally occurring oxide and is the key ingredient in PREVNT™. It has a wide range of applications, including as a paint pigment, sunscreen ingredient, and food additive.
  • Water-based formula, transparent and designed for a wide variety of everyday surfaces.

 

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