The flaws in the current emergency medical system design are coming to light in the wake of COVID-19. The EMS system in the U.S. has fallen behind other countries on many quality indicators. Paramedicine clinicians remain very poorly paid, and the U.S. paramedicine system remains isolated and underfunded.
Operating with insufficient funding means agencies cannot afford to pay a professional wage. The median pay for EMTs and paramedics is $34,320. The median U.S. salary is $48,672. The low pay contributes to high personnel turnover.
There is no single U.S. federal agency solely charged with supporting paramedicine operations. No legislative mandate exists to engage in paramedicine operational research. There is no paramedicine-specific financial support to advance core initiatives at the federal level. This is in stark contrast to those programs legislated to support law enforcement, firefighting and public health. EMS also needs support at the state and local levels.
Dr. Maguire, and others, are proposing a new paramedicine system in the U.S., and urges all EMS professionals to call on federal, state and local representatives to immediately invest in the EMS system in order to care for current COVID-19 victims, to prepare for the next wave of this pandemic and to create the 21st century paramedicine system in the U.S.
Learn how COVID continues to impact EMS billing and what you can do right now to improve cash flow and increase revenue. Attend the webinar, What’s Going on and What’s up Next: Billing in a COVID Environment for actionable tips and live Q&A.
July 22, 2020 | 14:00 ET | Register Now for a Reminder!
Join AAA advocacy experts for a fast-paced informal dialogue on Facebook Live! Learn first-hand about EMS advocacy initiatives in the face of COVID-19.
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This presentation involves a careful examination of behavioral health awareness for EMS with an emphasis on understanding emotional and physical stressors. We will cover communication skills, addiction, depression, PTSD/PTSI, suicide statistics, retirement, and creating a behavioral health program. The program will:
Jeff holds a master’s degree and is a licensed counselor. He is a retired Captain from Palatine Rural Fire Protection District in Inverness, Illinois and is a member of the American Counseling Association and National Board of Certified Counselors.
FBHA’s goal is to provide behavioral health workshops to fire departments and EMS organizations across the globe, focusing on behavioral health awareness with a strong drive towards suicide prevention and promoting resources available to first responders and their families. FBHA’s goal is to promote good mental health for the men and women who serve their communities through EMS and fire protection. FBHA is also focused on training for EAP organizations, Professional Clinicians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Doctors, Social Workers, Marriage Counselors, Chaplains, and those dedicated to helping EMS and firefighters. FBHA is the only organization in the U.S. which tracks and validates all FF and EMS suicides.
June 18, 2020 | 2:00pm Eastern
Webinar | FREE to AAA-Members | $150.00 for Non-Members
Presented by: Scott Moore, Esq., Brian Werfel, Esq., and Asbel Montes
The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic had many EMS organizations scrambling to find the operational and financial resources to ensure that they could continue to respond and care for their patients as the pandemic gained momentum. Those first few months saw an incredible sense of urgency from legislators to make financial relief available to all individuals and businesses as they battled the Coronavirus. As we enter the second stage of the pandemic response and the economy begins to reopen, many EMS agencies are now seeing a significant decrease in revenue due to the reduction in ambulance transports over the last four months. This webinar will review the financial relief that is still available to EMS organizations and will discuss the more recent efforts by legislators to ease the financial burden on U.S. businesses. Lastly, we will provide a preview and an update of the relief efforts that are still being negotiated by lawmakers.
Scott A. Moore, Esq. has been in the emergency medical services field for more than 28 years. Scott has held various executive positions at several ambulance services in Massachusetts. Scott is a licensed attorney, specializing in Human Resource, employment and labor law, employee benefits, and corporate compliance matters. Scott has a certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and was the Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the American Ambulance Association (AAA) for several years.
In addition, Scott is a Site Reviewer for the Commission on the Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). Scott earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Salem State College and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. Scott maintains his EMT and still works actively in the field as a call-firefighter/EMT in his hometown. Scott is a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Northeast Human Resource Association
Asbel has been a member of the American Ambulance Association (AAA) for eight years and has served on its Board of Directors; he currently is Chair of the Payment Reform Steering Committee. Asbel also sits on the board of the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance. He is a respected thought leader on reimbursement initiatives within the industry and is a requested speaker at many conferences. He has also been asked to testify as an expert witness before federal and state health committees regarding ambulance reimbursement.
Asbel began his employment with Acadian in May 2009. He oversees Acadian’s revenue cycle management, contract management, business office process improvements, and government relations for state and federal reimbursement policy initiatives.
In 1999, Asbel began working for an ambulance billing and consulting firm. After three years, he decided to work for a private, non‐emergency ambulance service. Since then, he has provided leadership in revenue cycle management to four ambulance agencies located throughout the Southeast.
Asbel pursued his education the non‐traditional way by attending college online while maintaining a fulltime job. He received an associate’s degree in accounting in 2007 and graduated in November 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
Asbel is married to Stephenie Haney‐Montes. He has one daughter and resides in Carencro, LA.
Brian S. Werfel, Esq. is a partner in Werfel & Werfel, PLLC, a New York based law firm specializing in Medicare issues related to the ambulance industry. Brian is a Medicare Consultant to the American Ambulance Association, and has authored numerous articles on Medicare reimbursement, most recently on issues such as the beneficiary signature requirement, repeat admissions and interrupted stays. He is a frequent lecturer on issues of ambulance coverage and reimbursement. Brian is co-author of the AAA’s Medicare Reference Manual for Ambulances, as well as the author of the AAA’s HIPAA Guide. Brian is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia School of Law. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, he specialized in mergers & acquisitions and commercial real estate at a prominent New York law firm. Werfel & Werfel, PLLC was founded by David M. Werfel, who has been the Medicare Consultant to the American Ambulance Association for over 20 years.
June 17, 2020 | 14:00 ET | Free
The webinar will cover the Public Assistance Process under the Stafford Act and how EMS agencies can apply for cost recovery for costs incurred under the COVID19 Disaster Declaration.
G. Keith Bryant was sworn in as the U.S. Fire Administrator on Aug. 4, 2017. Prior to his presidential appointment, he was the chief of the Oklahoma City Fire Department (OCFD).
He joined the OCFD in 1982 after serving as a U.S. Army firefighter/crash rescue specialist for four years. He also served a short time with the Edmond Fire Department in Edmond, Oklahoma.
During his 35 years with the OCFD, Administrator Bryant was a member of the Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team, Hazardous Materials Response Team, and the Critical Incident Stress Management Team. He also responded to many significant incidents, including the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995, as well as two EF-5 tornados in 1999 and 2013.
Bryant moved up through the ranks of the department, serving in many roles, including district/battalion chief, chief training officer, battalion chief of operations, and deputy chief of operations. He was appointed the 20th fire chief of the OCFD in 2005 by the city manager.
He is a past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, and the Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association (OFCA). He currently serves on the National Fallen Firefighters Advisory Committee.
Bryant was recognized with many awards throughout his fire service career. The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association designated him as the 2014 Fire Chief of the Year, and he received their 2016 President’s Award of Distinction. The OFCA selected him as the recipient of the 2010 J. Ray Pence Chief Officer Leadership Award, and he received the OCFD Chief Officer of the Year Award in 2001.
Star joined FEMA over 23 years ago with the Disaster Field Training Office. Since 2002, she has served in the Public Assistance Program working with State, Local Tribes, and Territories assisting Applicants through the FEMA grant process. She not only has had over 210 deployments during her career, but has performed in various Public Assistance roles. She was instrumental in the rollout of the New Public Assistance process and was one of the first to assist the States, Local, Tribes, and Territories on the rollout of Grants Manager and Grants Portal. She created the Grants Portal Applicant User Manual and the Recipient Grants Portal User Manual. She was also the lead in creating and implementing the 28 Public Assistance Independent Study Courses, currently hosted on the Emergency Management Institute’s website. Star currently serves as the FEMA Public Assistance Training Deputy Section Chief out of FEMA Headquarters which is responsible for all Public Assistance course content/delivery, webinars, and the Grants Portal/Grants Manager hotline.
May 29, 2020
Dr. Jon Krohmer, NHTSA, HRTF EMS/Pre-hospital Team Lead
Kate Elkins, NHTSA, HRTF EMS/Pre-hospital Deputy Team Lead
911, the universal number to call for emergency help nationwide, is a proven, life-saving service to the public. NHTSA’s Office of EMS oversees the National 911 Program, which envisions an emergency response system that best serves the public, providing immediate help in all emergency situations. This presentation covered the current Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Environment, Impacts and Next Steps for EMS in regards to COVID-19, and EMS and Fire Impacts on Community Lifelines.
May 21, 2020
Presentation by N. Clay Mann PhD, MS, MBA
NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center
This document is provided by NHTSA in an effort to help State EMS Officials track particular EMS activations occurring during the COVID‐19 pandemic. This document will be updated periodically to provide current information regarding temporal variations in the type and characteristics of EMS activations occurring in the U.S. during the COVID‐19 outbreak.
Please contact the NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center for updates to this document.
Contact N. Clay Mann at email@example.com.
June 30, 2020 | 14:00 ET
Three ambulance leaders with diverse backgrounds share innovative tips for financial sustainability in this fast-paced one hour webinar. From insurance captives to employee engagement to data-driven decision-making, Jamie Pafford-Gresham, P. Sean Tyler, and Wayne Jurecki will lend their unique perspectives on ways to keep service rolling during these extraordinarily challenging times.
CEO, Pafford Medical Services
Director, AAA Board
Chair, AAA Government Affairs Committee
COO, Bell Ambulance Service
Director, AAA Board
P. Sean Tyler
CEO, Transformative Healthcare
President & CEO, Fallon Ambulance Service
Board Secretary, Massachusetts Ambulance Association
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. Today, the firm is one of the leading firms in the United States in structuring Employee Stock Ownership Plan transactions.
Since its founding, Menke has structured more than 3500 ESOPs, the most of any single organization. Menke serves organizations of all sizes, from 10 employees to 30,000+, from its 10 regional offices throughout the U.S.
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.
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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…
EMS Focus webinar on Tuesday, May 12, at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT will feature local EMS medical directors and Federal officials discussing COVID-19 testing and implications for EMS organizations and clinicians EMS and COVID-19 Testing Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:00 PM ET / 12:00 AM PT As we continue to learn more about the…