President’s Perspective: January 2018

Dear Fellow AAA Members, Happy New Year from the American Ambulance Association! This year promises to bring new challenges and opportunities for ambulance services. As your association, AAA, its experts, and the whole member community will be there to support you every step of the way. Advocacy Update If you’ve missed your recent member advocacy emails, you may be wondering “What is going on with the add-ons?!” I’d like to address this first and foremost. Despite the best efforts of the American Ambulance Association and other industry stakeholders, the temporary Medicare ambulance increases expired December 31. However, please rest assured that the AAA lobbying team, volunteer leadership, and staff are working tirelessly around-the-clock to advocate for this critical EMS revenue. The good news is that the end may be in sight. However, we must remain engaged, active, and unified as an industry to carry this effort through in the face of the today’s contentious and unpredictable political climate. Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate are working toward a long-term extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  As part of these negotiations, the House and Senate are working through the details of a Medicare provider extender package. Thanks...

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Stars of Life Recognized for Their Service

EMS professionals from all walks of life descended on the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., this past week to be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. The Stars were recognized by the American Ambulance Association (AAA) for their exceptional duty, service, and bravery while serving their communities as EMTs, paramedics, and as other ambulance services members. 107 Stars celebrated this distinction with their friends, family, and peers during the event, held June 12-14, which also shined a light on the importance of the services EMS professionals provide. The Stars, hailing from across the country, plus Trinidad and Tobago, began their celebration with a luncheon, where their achievements were commemorated with a medal and a pin for their exceptional service. During the luncheon, keynote speaker Zubin Damania, MD, aka ZDoggMD, used humor and songs to address the future of health care and to congratulate the Stars on their award (along with garnering a few laughs) before AAA President Mark Postma presented the Stars with their medals and pins of recognition. While Damania provided some humor and the Stars spent some time taking in the sights around the nation’s capitol, the following day provided the honorees an opportunity to head down to Capitol Hill to do some more serious work. The Stars met with members (more…)

AAA to Honor 107 EMS Professionals at Stars of Life

For Immediate Release June 3, 2017 Contact Amanda Riordan Telephone 703-610-9018 Email ariordan@ambulance.org Website www.stars.ambulance.org American Ambulance Association to Honor 107 EMS Professionals at Stars of Life Event Washington, DC– The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will celebrate the best and brightest of EMS professionals during its annual Stars of Life celebration June 12–14. At this year’s event, 107 individuals from across the United States, plus Trinidad & Tobago, will be honored as the 2017 Stars. The Stars of Life program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession. Stars of Life recognizes the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our health care infrastructure. AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Across our great nation, EMS professionals provide life-saving health care every day. This year’s Stars of Life recipients represent the very best of our profession, and we are proud of the positive impact they have made.” This year’s distinguished recipients are: Cody Medlock, Medstar Ambulance, Clinton Township, MI Mary Archie, Medstar Ambulance, Clinton Township, MI Jennel Smith, Metro West Ambulance Eugene-Springfield, Hillsboro, Oregon Heather Roy, Hunter’s Ambulance, Meriden, CT (more…)

Congressman Peter Welch to Receive AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Peter Welch to Receive AAA Legislative Recognition Award For Immediate Release Contact: Amanda Riordan ariordan@ambulance.org 703-610-0264 Washington, DC, – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will honor Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services. Congressman Welch will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s Vermont Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Star from the Green Mountain State is Brian Porch of Regional Ambulance Service in Rutland. Congressman Welch was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award for being a champion of the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act which would make permanent the current temporary Medicare ambulance add-on increases of 2% urban and 3% urban and the super rural bonus payment. The legislation, HR 745 from the 114th Congress, would also treat ambulance services more like providers of health care services and require CMS to collect cost data utilizing a survey methodology that would result in usable information for future reform of the Medicare ambulance fee schedule. AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Congressman Welch has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both (more…)

Congressman Greg Walden to Receive AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Greg Walden to Receive AAA Legislative Recognition Award For Immediate Release Contact: Amanda Riordan ariordan@ambulance.org 703-610-0264 Washington, DC, – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will honor Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services. Congressman Walden will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s Oregon Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Beaver State are Harlan Brock, Theresa “Trese” Helstowski, Jennel Smith, Melissa Zimmer of Metro West Ambulance, Sheryl Maia of American Medical Response, Padrick O’Grady and James Wilcott of Bay Cities Ambulance, Bob Johnson of Medix Ambulance, and Aaron Pawol of Mercy Flights. Congressman Walden was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award for championing the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act which would make permanent the current temporary Medicare ambulance add-on increases of 2% urban and 3% urban and the super rural bonus payment. The legislation, H.R. 745 from the 114th Congress, would also treat ambulance services more like providers of health care services and require CMS to collect cost data utilizing a methodology that would result in usable information for future reform (more…)

Congressman Fred Upton to Receive AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Fred Upton to Receive AAA Legislative Recognition Award For Immediate Release Contact: Amanda Riordan ariordan@ambulance.org 703-610-0264 Washington, DC, – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will honor Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services. Congressman Upton will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s Michigan Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Great Lakes State are Tracy Allen and Theresa Hartman of American Medical Response, Bridget Dickert of LifeCare Ambulance Service, Donald Brown III of Jackson Community Ambulance/Emergent Health Partners, and John Eilich III of Life EMS Ambulance. Congressman Upton was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award for his long-standing support of ambulance services and ensuring proper reimbursement under the Medicare ambulance fee schedule. AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Congressman Upton has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in Oregon and across our country.” Congressman Upton represents Michigan’s 6th congressional district and was first elected to Congress in 1986. He is the current Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee, as well as a member of the Bipartisan (more…)

Congressman Mike Thompson to Receive AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Mike Thompson to Receive AAA Legislative Recognition Award For Immediate Release Contact: Amanda Riordan ariordan@ambulance.org 703-610-0264 Washington, DC, – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will honor Congressman Mike Thompson of California with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services. Congressman Thompson will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s California Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Golden State are Amanda Wilkinson of American Ambulance of Visalia, Lyle Armstrong of Del Norte Ambulance, as well as Ivan Gonzalez, Chana Alexander, Peter Hastings and Deborah Rath of American Medical Response. Congressman Thompson was selected for his support of the Medicare ambulance temporary add-on increases of 2% urban and 3% urban and the super rural bonus payment. Also for championing efforts to ensure that rural areas are correctly identified as such under the fee schedule. AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Congressman Thompson has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in California and across our country.” Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998, Congressman Thompson represents California’s 3rd congressional district. Congressman Thompson serves on the House (more…)

Congressman Erik Paulsen to Receive AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Erik Paulsen to Receive AAA Legislative Recognition Award For Immediate Release Contact: Amanda Riordan ariordan@ambulance.org 703-610-0264 Washington, DC, – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will honor Congressman Erik Paulsen of Minnesota with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services. Congressman Paulsen will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s Minnesota Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the North Star State are Doug Volin, and Brian Galowitz of Lakes Region EMS, and Angela Jarrett of Mayo Clinic. Congressman Paulsen was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award for his support of the Medicare ambulance temporary add-on increases of 2% urban and 3% urban and the super rural bonus payment. AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Congressman Paulsen has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in Minnesota and across our country.” Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 from Minnesota’s 3rd congressional district, Congressman Paulsen serves on the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittees on Health and Trade, and on the Joint Economic Committee. In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United (more…)