House Introduces H.R. 3236 – Write to Your Reps!

Take Action for Extending Medicare Ambulance Relief Ask your Representatives to Support H.R. 3236 – The Ambulance Medicare Budget and Operations Act of 2017 The current 33-month extension of the Medicare add-on payments is set to expire at the end of December 2017. Losing these add-on payments would be a devastating blow to ambulance services across the country. It is crucial that the payments be extended as we push for a long-term solution. H.R. 3236 introduced by Reps. Nunes, Upton, and Welch would extend the current temporary Medicare add-ons for five years. More details about the Bill can be found below. Let your Representative know that you support H.R. 3236 — Here are three quick and easy ways to get involved! Writing to your members of Congress only takes 2 clicks, follow these simple steps: 1. Enter contact information below (required by Congressional offices) and click “Submit” 2. On the next page you’ll see the letter to your Representative (Message 1) and the letter(s) to your Senators  (Message 2) – click “Submit Messages” Feel free to personalize your letter(s) before submitting them. Active on Social Media? Tweet at your Representative asking for their support of H.R. 3236! Authorize Your Account Enter Contact Information Tweet! (Tweet will be (more…)

Electronic Injury and Illness Rules Delayed

As reported to members in late May, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced that Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) will further delay the implementation of the new Electronic Injury and Illness Rules that were scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2017. The DOL announced today that they were further delaying the implementation until December 1, 2017. The DOL has stated that the delay is intended to give the agency “further review and consider the rule.”  We will continue to keep members posted of any pending changes to this or any DOL change....

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CBO Estimates Senate Bill Would Leave 22M More Uninsured

From Akin Gump: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this afternoon released its cost estimate of the Senate’s health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), projecting that the legislation would increase the number of uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current law. This is slightly fewer than the number of uninsured estimated for the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). CBO also estimates that the BCRA would reduce federal deficits by $321 billion over 10 years, $202 billion more than estimated net savings for the House bill. According to the Senate Budget Committee, below is a brief summary of the changes that were made to the previous draft: Conforming amendments to Sec. 106 – Changes made to better align the purposes of stability funding to the underlying CHIP statute. Adds a new Sec. 206 – Starting in 2019, individuals who had a break in continuous insurance coverage for 63 days or more in the prior year will be subject to a six month waiting period before coverage begins.  Consumers will not have to pay premiums during the six month period. Redesignates Secs. 206-208 to Secs. 207-209, to accommodate for the new Sec. 206 on (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…)

Discovering the Meaning of EMS Week

Being in EMS since 1990 I can certainly tell you I have seen numerous EMS Week celebrations come and go. Did you know EMS week owes its founding to the American College of Emergency Physicians? In 1974, ACEP asked former President Gerald R. Ford to declare November 3-10 as National Emergency Medical Services Week. Since then, ACEP has moved the annual observance numerous times, finally landing on the third week in May. This move provided a distinction between EMS and Fire Prevention week. EMS has always been a part of my life, from the EMT-M class I took in January 1990 to becoming an RN in 2008.  I have done almost everything in EMS a person could do, volunteer EMT, Paramedic, Critical Care Education, ED RN and now vice president of EMS Education at OnCourse Learning. Let’s discuss ideally what EMS providers actually want most for EMS Week. This year, let’s dismiss all of the usual tchotchkes, mugs, t-shirts, hot dogs, pens and flash lights. I can honestly say after 25+ years, I’ve gotten it all and am a bit tired of it. The ED sponsored pizza, while a very kind gesture, always seems to go uneaten for a variety (more…)

EMS Week 2017

43rd Annual EMS Week “Always In Service” May 21–27, 2017 Each year, EMS Week celebrates the contributions of EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and other EMS professionals to their communities. Thank you for your service! “The American Ambulance Association is committed to representing EMS across the United States. We work tirelessly to ensure that ambulance services receive sustainable levels of reimbursement, empowering them to continue to deliver the highest quality patient care. EMS Strong offers AAA the opportunity to collaborate with other EMS-focused organizations to bring attention to our shared goals. Together, we are even stronger.” Mark Postma President, American Ambulance Association AAA 2017 EMS Week Contest The AAA wants to know what you are doing this EMS Week. Share the great events you have planned and be sure to tag the AAA in your EMS Week Social Media posts! New for 2017, EMS Week is proud to announce themes for each day of the week. Monday: “Education Day” to highlight both public education programs and EMS provider education Tuesday:  “Safety Tuesday” to promote Safety for the EMS provider, the patient, and the public; Wednesday: “EMS for Children Day” to highlight the special needs of caring for children; Thursday: “Save-A-Life Day” to promote “Stop the (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…)

EMS Week Activity Survey

EMS Week is May 19-25, 2019. The AAA wants to know how your organization is celebrating  this year! Please let us know what your organization has planned. Also, please be sure to tag the AAA is your EMS Week social media posts so we can “like” and “share” what your organization is doing! The best submissions will also be posted in the AAA weekly digest. Please email info@ambulance.org if you have any questions.

Write to Your Senators! Support S.967

Take Action for Permanent Medicare Ambulance Relief Ask your Senators to Support S.967 – 2017 Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act The current 33-month extension of the Medicare add-on payments is set to expire at the end of December 2017. Losing these add-on payments would be a devastating blow to ambulance services across the country. It is crucial that the payments be made permanent as we push for a long-term solution. More details about the Bill can be found below. Let your Senators know that you support S. 967 — Here are three quick and easy ways to get involved! Writing to your members of Congress only takes 2 clicks, follow these simple steps: 1. Enter contact information below (required by Congressional offices) and click “Submit” 2. On the next page you’ll see the letter(s) to your Senators – click “Submit Messages” Active on Social Media? Tweet at your Senators asking for their support of S. 967! Authorize Your Account Enter Contact Information Tweet! (Tweet will be auto-generated with your Senators tagged) Know your Senators’ Twitter accounts already? Tweet: “#ambulance svs in your state need you, @[your Senators]! Please co-sponsor S. 967 to help us continue to provide quality #EMS!” Post on Facebook why S. 967 is important! (more…)

Senator Orrin Hatch Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Senator Orrin Hatch to Receive 2017 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 Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services. Senator Hatch will be presented this award by representatives of Gold Cross Ambulance, a trusted family-owned EMS provider in the Salt Lake area. Senator Hatch receives the Legislative Recognition Award for his leadership on health care issues, as well as his support of the Medicare temporary ambulance add-on payments. Senator Hatch also supported a system for collecting ambulance cost data utilizing a survey methodology that would likely result in usable information while preventing an undue burden on ambulance providers. AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Senator Hatch has demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication to health care and emergency medical services, both in Utah and across our country. The AAA is proud to present him with Legislative Recognition Award.” Now in his seventh term as Utah’s senator, Orrin Hatch is the most senior Republican in the Senate. He is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance. He is also a member (and former Chairman) of (more…)

Congressman Kevin Brady Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Kevin Brady to Receive 2017 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 Kevin Brady of Texas with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services. Congressman Brady will be presented this honor 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 Brady was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award for his leadership on health care issues and help ensuring the extension of the Medicare temporary ambulance add-on payments. AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Congressman Brady has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in Texas and across our country. The AAA is proud to present him with a Legislative Recognition Award.” Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 from Texas’s 8th congressional district, Congressman Brady is the Chairman of the House Ways (more…)

Congressman Richard Hudson Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Richard Hudson Receives 2017 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 Hudson of North Carolina with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services. Congressman Hudson will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s North Carolina Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Tar Heel State are Ryan Lowe and Tiffany Johnson, both of Mecklenburg EMS Agency in Charlotte. Congressman Hudson was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award for championing the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act to ensure that Paramedics and EMTs can continue to administer life-saving drugs to patients. AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Congressman Hudson has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in North Carolina and across our country.” Congressman Richard Hudson is serving his third term in the United States Congress representing North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District. Rep. Hudson is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Prior to being elected to Congress himself, Rep. Hudson served as Chief of Staff to (more…)

Congressman Mike Coffman Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Mike Coffman to Receive 2017 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 Coffman of Colorado with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services. Congressman Coffman will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s Colorado Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Boulder State are Kira Gressman of American Medical Response, as well as Gabe Moreno of Trinidad Ambulance District. Congressman Coffman was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award for introducing the Veterans Reimbursement for Emergency Ambulance Services Act (H.R. 1445). AAA members are deeply appreciative of his championing efforts to ensure that ambulance services are properly reimbursed for providing emergency medical services to veterans. AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Congressman Coffman has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in Colorado and across our country. The AAA is proud to present him with a Legislative Recognition Award.” Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 from Colorado’s 6th congressional district, Congressman Coffman serves on the Veteran’s Affairs Committee and (more…)

Senator Richard Burr Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Senator Richard Burr to Receive 2017 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 Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services. Senator Burr will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s North Carolina Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Tar Heel State are Ryan Lowe and Tiffany Johnson, both of Mecklenburg EMS Agency in Charlotte. Senator Burr was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award in thanks for his support of the Medicare ambulance temporary add-on increases and super rural bonus payment, as well as for being a long-standing champion of EMS providers in North Carolina. AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Senator Burr is a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in North Carolina and across our country. The AAA is proud to present him with Legislative Recognition Award.” First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, Burr served five terms in the House and is currently serving North Carolina in his third term in the (more…)