Ambulance Cost Education (ACE) Regional Workshop – Chicago

Regular Price: $600.00

Member Price: $300.00

Your Price: $600.00

September 11, 2019
Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare Area

5615 N Cumberland Ave
Chicago, IL 60631

NAAC approved for 7 CEUs.

 

In February 2018, Congress passed language directing CMS to collect ambulance cost data along with the 5-year extension of the Medicare ambulance add-ons as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892). The language is based on a modified version of a provision included in the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act of 2017 (S. 967). The language in H.R. 1892 sets the foundation for data collection.

Failure to meet these new reporting requirements could lead to significant sanctions including loss of Medicare revenue. In this interactive one-day workshop, industry experts Asbel Montes, Rebecca Williamson, Angie McLain, Scott Moore, Brian Werfel, and Maria Bianchi, will review how we got to where we are today, what the new mandates will require based on current regulations, and how to best prepare yourself and your service for the phase-in. Join us for one of the several upcoming workshops – your service can’t afford to fall behind!

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Asbel Montes

Asbel Montes 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 full‐time 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 has been a member of the American Ambulance Association (AAA) for eight years and has served on its board of directors; he is currently co-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 is married to Stephenie Haney‐Montes. He has one daughter and resides in Carencro, Louisiana.

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Rebecca Williamson

Rebecca is the Chairman of the American Ambulance Association’s Medicare Regulatory Committee and is also a member of the American Ambulance Association Ethics Committee. Rebecca is a founding board member, and Immediate Past President of the Oklahoma Ambulance Association. She previously served on the Oklahoma Emergency Response Development Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Task Force on EMS Readiness. Rebecca is also an active board member for several other regulatory and civic organizations. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, an Associates Degree in Nursing, is a nationally certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in both Adults and Pediatrics, and is a Nationally Registered Paramedic. Before joining Pafford EMS as Chief Compliance Officer, she worked for Muskogee County EMS for 25 years, serving as the Chief Compliance Officer and HIPAA Privacy Officer for 17 years. Rebecca is responsible for development, leadership, implementation, and administration of all compliance and HIPAA policies and procedures. Rebecca’s expertise is in documentation, compliance, and privacy issues and she, along with Brian Werfel, Esq., co-authored the AAA Documentation Manual.

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Angela McLain

Angela McLain currently serves as the Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Revenue Officer for Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) of Oklahoma, a high performance high volume, public utility model EMS agency serving communities across Northeast and Central Oklahoma. Angie’s more than 20 years of experience in healthcare financial services has focused on the strategic development and management of revenue cycle operations to include; comprehensive patient account management, revenue performance improvement and implementation of monitoring controls and strategies. In addition, Angela also has extensive experience in all elements of healthcare compliance and accreditation in both the hospital and EMS industry, ensuring organizational business practices exceed regulatory standards and support the provision of excellent patient care. Angie holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, focused on health care reimbursement, and has an advanced degree in Health and Human Services. She has used her experience and expertise in healthcare finance and healthcare management to help establish EMS industry standards through active roles on multiple state and national boards; serving as with the Oklahoma Ambulance Association and as Region 4 Director with the American Ambulance Association.

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Brian Werfel

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 Ambulance, as well as the author of the AAA’s HIPAA Reference Manual. 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.

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Scott Moore

Scott A. Moore, Esq. has been in the emergency medical services field for over 26 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.


Event Details

Date: September 11, 2019

Start time: 09:00 a.m.

End time: 17:00 p.m.