Join Us in Fort Worth for a Finances & AR Workshop

MedStar Mobile Healthcare 2900 Alta Mere Dr | Fort Worth, TX 76110 March 16, 2017 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm $315 for Members | $630 for Non-Members EMS agencies need to make sure all individuals understand how their efforts impact the organization’s ability to care for the patients that they serve. During this workshop, AAA HR & Operations Consultant, Scott Moore, and AAA Medicare Consultant, Brian Werfel, will give patient account personnel and EMS leadership a better understanding of the important role that their function serves within an EMS agency. Attendees will learn about: The finances of an ambulance service, including the Key Performance Indicators of Expenses, Income, Assets, and Liabilities. Cash management’s role in a company’s operation and sustainability. How to tie the financial foundation to the activities and performance of the Patient Accounts Department, discussing the role of patient accounts in the financial strategy of a service, as well as evaluating the performance of your AR department. How to get the most from their billing software to maximize efficiency and ensure the appropriate tracking of claims from time of transport until the account is paid and closed. Attendees will leave with actionable tools from each session they can apply in (more…)

Boston Compliance and Billing Workshop

A Comprehensive Compliance Strategy: How to Structure Your Billing Office for Integrity, Accountability, and Profitability Workshop Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 The Comprehensive Compliance Strategy One-Day Workshop is intended to guide Patient Accounts Managers/Supervisors and lead billing staff on the need for a comprehensive compliance strategy. The workshop provides a hands-on “Deep Dive” format that will allow for in-depth discussion of your billing office operations. It is our goal to have attendees leave with actionable information on the reimbursement, compliance, and practical aspects of running a billing office. NAAC approved for 6.5 CEU hours. $299 for individual members, $279 group rate (2 or more) $599 for non-members, $579 group rate (2 or more)   Location: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital 300 First Street Charlestown, MA There is no event hotel for the workshop. However, there are several hotels less than 5 miles from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital for those needing overnight accommodations.  Two noteworthy and affordable hotels nearby are: THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS:                     PROGRAM AGENDA ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS Please contact Desiree LaFont at dlafont@ambulance.org or 703-610-9038 should you need any additional information.

San Francisco Area Workshop at Paramedics Plus

A Comprehensive Compliance Strategy: How to Structure Your Billing Office for Integrity and Accountability The Comprehensive Compliance Strategy One-Day Workshop is intended to provide guidance to Patient Accounts Managers/Supervisors and lead billing staff on the need for a comprehensive compliance strategy. The workshop provides a hands-on “Deep Dive” format that will allow for in depth discussion of your billing office operations. It is our goal to have attendees leave with actionable information on the reimbursement, compliance, and practical aspects of running a billing office. NAAC approved for 6.5 CEU hours. $299 for individual members, $279 group rate (2 or more) $599 for non-members, $579 group rate (2 or more) Location: Paramedics Plus 575 Marina Blvd. San Leandro, CA 94577 There is no event hotel for the workshop, however there are several hotels less than 5 miles from Paramedics Plus for those needing overnight accommodations.  Two noteworthy and affordable hotels nearby are: The Marina Inn on San Francisco Bay The Holiday Express at Oakland Airport THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:       PROGRAM AGENDA ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS Please contact Desiree LaFont at dlafont@ambulance.org or 703-610-9038 should you need any additional information.

Chicago Regional Workshop at Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service

A Comprehensive Compliance Strategy-How to Structure Your Billing Office for Integrity and Accountability The Comprehensive Compliance Strategy One-day Workshop is intended to provide guidance to Patient Accounts Managers/Supervisors and lead billing staff on the need for a comprehensive compliance strategy. The workshop provides a hands-on “Deep Dive” format that will allow for in depth discussion of your billing office operations. It is our goal to have attendees leave with actionable information on the reimbursement, compliance, and practical aspects of running a billing office. NAAC approved for 6.5 CEU hours. $299 for individual members, $279 group rate (2 or more) $599 for non-members, $579 group rate (2 or more) Location: Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service 395 W Lake St Elmhurst, IL 60126 Recommended hotel: SpringHill Suites, Elmhurst/Oakbrook   PROGRAM AGENDA ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS Please contact Desiree LaFont if you would like additional information for this event. dlafont@ambulance.org or 703-610-9038

New York City Regional Workshop

A Comprehensive Compliance Strategy-How to Structure Your Billing Office for Integrity and Accountability The Comprehensive Compliance Strategy One-day Workshop is intended to provide guidance to Patient Accounts Managers/Supervisors and lead billing staff on the need for a comprehensive compliance strategy. The workshop provides a hands-on “Deep Dive” format that will allow for in depth discussion of your billing office operations. It is our goal to have attendees leave with actionable information on the reimbursement, compliance, and practical aspects of running a billing office.  NAAC approved for 6.5 CEU hours. $299 for individual members, $279 group rate (2 or more) $599 for non-members, $579 group rate (2 or more)       Location: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP One Bryant Park Bank of America Tower New York, NY 10036-6745 An event hotel is not being utilized for this event. However, there are a number of affordable hotels, as well as unique boutique hotels, within walking distance of the Akin-Gump Offices. The Akin-Gump offices are less than 1 mile from both Grand Central and Penn Stations. CONTENT SPONSORED BY:       PROGRAM AGENDA ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS Please contact Desiree LaFont if you would like additional information for this event. (more…)

Palmetto Announces Prior Authorization Workshops

Palmetto GBA asked AAA to share the following announcement with our members.   Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transportation Documentation Requirements—North Carolina Palmetto GBA will hold Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transportation Prior Authorization Demonstration face-to-face workshops in North Carolina for ambulance providers providing repetitive scheduled non-emergent transports to familiarize them with The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) demonstration currently going on in South Carolina. These workshops are designed to familiarize providers, whose ambulances are garaged in potential demonstration expansion states, with demonstration requirements including the process of submitting a prior authorization request, billing for repetitive scheduled non-emergent ambulance transports under the repetitive scheduled non-emergent transportation demonstration, as well as common errors identified during the demonstration in South Carolina. Each event will include a question and answer period at the end of the formal presentation. Background Information The purpose of the current prior authorization demonstration is to ensure that beneficiaries continue to receive medically necessary care while reducing expenditures and minimizing the risk of improper payments to protect the Medicare Trust Fund by granting provisional affirmation for a service prior to submission of the claim. Prior authorization allows providers and suppliers to address issues with claims prior to rendering services (more…)

Summary of CMS Ambulance Open Door Forum of November 5, 2015

By David M. Werfel, Esq. | Updated November 6, 2015 On November 5, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted its latest Ambulance Open Door Forum.  As usual, CMS started with announcements, which were as follows: As required under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (HR 2), the pilot program for prior authorization for non-emergency repetitive patients will be expanded to Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, effective January 1, 2016.  A Special Open Door Forum on the topic will be held by CMS on November 10, 2015 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. (Link to PDF). Payment Policies On October 30, CMS released the final rule on changes in CY 2016 to the Medicare ambulance fee schedule.  The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2015.  The rule finalizes the following: The 2% urban, 3% rural and 22.6% super rural adjustments have been extended through December 31, 2017. Urban/Rural Designations – CMS will continue in 2016 and thereafter with the current geographic designations of urban and rural that were implemented on January 1, 2015. CMS also stated the Agency is further reviewing those zip codes...

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Novitas Issues Guidance for Ambulance Providers, Facilities and Beneficiaries Regarding Expansion of Prior Authorization Project for Repetitive Patients

September 17, 2015 Novitas Solutions, Inc. (Novitas) recently issued a series of guidance documents on the expansion of the prior authorization demonstration project for repetitive scheduled non-emergency ambulance transports. This demonstration project is currently operating in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Pub. Law 114-10), enacted on April 16, 2015, requires that this program be expanded into the remaining states of MAC Regions L (Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia) and M (North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia), effective January 1, 2016. The program will be further expanded to cover all remaining states starting on January 1, 2017. Novitas is the Medicare Administrative Contractor for MAC Region L, and therefore will be responsible for implementing this program in Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia. These guidance documents are intended to educate ambulance services, health care professionals and facilities, and beneficiaries located in these states on the programs requirements. Guidance Document for Ambulance Services On August 17, 2015, Novitas issued a “Dear Ambulance Company” letter that provides guidance to ambulance companies on how the program will operate. As noted in the letter, participation is voluntary. However, ambulance services...

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