COVID-19 Message from President Aarron Reinert

Dear Fellow AAA Members, I write to you today during what we all recognize as an extraordinary time for EMS. As we collectively serve on the very front lines of the COVID-19 epidemic, we know that the most challenging times are still ahead. However, I am heartened by the collective resolve of the members of the American Ambulance Association to provide 24/7 on-demand mobile healthcare, no matter the circumstances. As President of the Association, I am sharing below a brief summary of the AAA’s activities to support its members in the face of this devastating disease. COVID-19 Content & Approach Coronavirus Working Group—AAA Region III Director Tom Tornstrom, Executive Director of Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, has been appointed to lead the AAA Coronavirus Working Group. The team includes AAA’s lobbyists, leadership, staff, and members from across the nation. We meet frequently and collaborate constantly to track challenges and find solutions to EMS issues relating to COVID-19 response. Sample topics include: First responder safety and wellness Reimbursement for alternative destinations, treatment in place, and mobile testing Paperwork reduction / waivers Advocating for policies in federal legislation that support mobile healthcare and redacting those that can negatively impact the industry Members will receive (more…)

2020 Stars of Life Canceled Due to COVID-19

On the afternoon of March 16, 2020, the American Ambulance Association board regretfully voted to cancel the 2020 Stars of Life. This action was taken out of an abundance of caution given the current COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will be contacted with additional information within the next few days. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

2020 Stars of Life Nominations Are Open!

#StarsofLife | www.stars.ambulance.org | May 4-6, 2020 | Intercontinental Wharf | Washington, DC The American Ambulance Association’s 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 #mobilehealthcare profession. Nominate YOUR rockstars at www.stars.ambulance.org by March 1, 2020!

AAA Honors 107 EMS Professionals at 2019 Stars of Life Awards

For Immediate Release AAA HONORS 107 EMS PROFESSIONALS AT 2019 STARS OF LIFE AWARDS Contact Amanda Riordan 703-610-9018 ariordan@ambulance.org www.ambulance.org Washington, DC,  June 23, 2019– The American Ambulance Association (AAA) celebrated the best and brightest of EMS professionals during its annual Stars of Life celebration June 24-26. At this year’s event, 107 individuals from across the United States and Trinidad & Tobago, were honored as the 2019 Stars of Life. The Stars of Life program pays tribute to the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. During their time in Washington, the Stars of Life recipients, accompanied by executive hosts, met with members of Congress and congressional aides to discuss legislative issues critical to emergency medical services. In addition to honoring the Stars, Representative Terri Sewell of Alabama was recognized as Legislator of the Year for her distinguished service, and 25 United States Senators and Representatives received Legislative Recognition Awards for their support of ambulance services. # # # About the American Ambulance Association Founded in 1979, the AAA represents hundreds of ambulance services across the United States that participate in emergency and nonemergency care and medical transportation. The Association serves as a voice and (more…)

2019 AAA Legislative Awards

The American Ambulance Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 AAA Legislative Awards, in recognition of their strong advocacy for emergency medical services. Each legislator was chosen for their ongoing dedication to the ambulance services across the United States. 2019 AAA Legislator of the Year Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL) 2019 AAA Legislative Recognition Award Recipients Senators Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. Senator Susan M. Collins Senator Chuck Grassley Senator Doug Jones Senator Patrick J. Leahy Senator Pat Roberts Senator Charles E. Schumer Senator Debbie Stabenow Senator Jon Tester Senator John Thune Senator Ron Wyden Representatives Representative Earl Blumenauer Representative Rosa DeLauro Representative Debbie Dingell Representative Richard Hudson Representative Darin LaHood Representative Markwayne Mullin Representative Richard E. Neal Representative Devin Nunes Representative Steve Scalise Representative Scott Tipton Representative Fred Upton Representative Greg Walden Representative Peter Welch Representative Lee Zeldin

Representative Terri Sewell To Receive Highest Legislative Honor From American Ambulance Association

Washington, DC – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will honor Representative Terri Sewell with its Legislator of the Year Award in recognition of her advocacy for emergency medical services. Representative Sewell is scheduled to receive this honor at the AAA’s Annual Stars of Life Awards Ceremony on June 25 in Washington, D.C. 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. The Stars of Life program pays tribute to the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 107 EMS professionals will be honored as 2019 Stars of Life. In addition to Representative Sewell’s recognition as 2019 Legislator of the Year, 25 United States Senators and Representatives will receive Legislative Recognition Awards for their support of ambulance services. Representative Sewell was selected for the Legislator of the Year Award in recognition  for helping lead the effort that secured a five-year extension of the Medicare ambulance temporary add-on increases of 2% urban and 3% urban and the super rural bonus payment. Representative Sewell also ensured that other key provisions for the (more…)

AAA To Honor 100 EMS Professionals at 2018 Stars of Life

For Immediate Release AAA TO HONOR 100 EMS PROFESSIONALS AT 2018 STARS OF LIFE   Contact Amanda Riordan 703-610-9018 ariordan@ambulance.org www.ambulance.org Washington, DC,  May 25, 2018– The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will celebrate the best and brightest of EMS professionals during its annual Stars of Life celebration June 11–13. At this year’s event, 100 individuals from across the United States, will be honored as the 2018 Stars of Life. The Stars of Life program pays tribute to the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year’s distinguished recipients are: Alex Aste, Acadian Ambulance Service, Houston, TX Alec D’Storm, Acadian Ambulance Service, Bexar County, TX Jerret Dunlap, Acadian Ambulance Service, Lafayette, LA Seth “Taylor”, Acadian Ambulance Service, Lafayette, LA Robert Scott Morency, Armstrong Ambulance Service, Arlington, MA Robert Aberle, American Medical Response, Clackamas, OR Alexander Anderson, American Medical Response, Las Vegas, NV Nicole Androski, American Medical Response, San Diego, CA Karis Arce, American Medical Response, San Francisco, CA Dr. Michael Barnam, American Medical Response, Las Vegas, NV Stacy Dockery, American Medical Response, Las Vegas, NV Brett Dragun, American Medical Response, Las Vegas, NV Lindsey Duff, American Medical Response, Englewood, CO...

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Senator Debbie Stabenow Named Legislator of the Year

For Immediate Release Senator Debbie Stabenow To Receive Highest Legislative Honor From American Ambulance Association To Be Recognized As AAA Legislator of the Year Contact Amanda Riordan 703-610-9018 ariordan@ambulance.org www.ambulance.org Washington, DC – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will honor Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan with its Legislator of the Year Award in appreciation of her advocacy for emergency medical services. Senator Stabenow is invited to receive this honor at the AAA’s Annual Stars of Life Recognition Ceremony on June 11 in Washington, D.C. 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. The Stars of Life program pays tribute to the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 100 EMS professionals will be honored as 2018 Stars of Life. In addition to Senator Stabenow’s recognition as 2018 Legislator of the Year, 34 United States Senators and Representatives will receive Legislative Recognition Awards for their support of ambulance services. Senator Stabenow was selected for the Legislator of the Year Award in thanks for leading the effort in...

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President’s Perspective: April 2018

Dear Fellow AAA Member, Spring has sprung, and the American Ambulance Association is busier than ever working on your behalf to build the future of EMS. The AAA is pleased to announce that since our last Response Times update, Congress has passed the 5-year extension of the Medicare ambulance add-ons. The extension included the AAA’s preferred method of cost data collection that provides flexibility to the Secretary of HHS in developing the system. Consultation with the industry is required so that it strikes the appropriate balance between obtaining meaningful data and avoiding overly burdening or onerously penalizing the ambulance services. This legislation was a true victory for the AAA and the entire industry. Learn more► This success would not have been possible without months of effort by AAA volunteer leaders, advocacy experts, and staff, as well as support from our key champions in Congress. In particular, the AAA would like to thank Senator Debbie Stabenow for spearheading our legislation and ensuring that the Senate language prevailed. In recognition of Senator Stabenow’s support, she has been named the AAA’s 2018 Legislator of the Year. The AAA would also like to thank Senators Schumer, Roberts, Collins, Leahy, Hatch, Wyden, Thune, and many (more…)

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…)

Congressman Richard Neal to Receive AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Richard Neal 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 Richard Neal of Massachusetts with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services. Congressman Neal will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s Massachusetts Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Bay State are Kerry Flynn, and Beth Keegan of Armstrong Ambulance Service; Matthew Miner, Mark Hogue, and Paige Hoffman of Action Ambulance Service Inc.; and Deanne Lione, and Andrea Ball of Cataldo Ambulance Service. Congressman Neal 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 (more…)

Congressman Kenny Marchant to Receive AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Kenny Marchant 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 Kenny Marchant of Texas with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services. Congressman Marchant will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s Texas Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Lone Star State are Chris Eachen of Paramedics Plus; Cindy Hitchcock of American Medical Response; Rhonda Dees-Lockwood, and Sloane Brown of Acadian Ambulance Service; and Thomas Faticone, Daniel Dormady, and Elizabeth Roden of MedStar Mobile Healthcare. Congressman Marchant was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award for his support of the Medicare ambulance temporary add-on increases and the super rural bonus payment. AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Congressman Marchant has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in Texas and across our country.” Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004, Congressman Marchant represents Texas’s 24th congressional district. Congressman Marchant serves on the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittees on Health and Tax Policy, as well as on the (more…)