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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:

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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.

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More About Our Bill H.R. 3236, the Ambulance Medicare Budget and Operations Act of 2017:
Legislation to extend the Medicare ambulance add-on payments for five years has been introduced by Representatives Nunes, Upton, and Welch (H.R. 3236).
Specifically, the bill:

  • Provides Medicare Ambulance Relief, by extending for five years the current temporary 2 percent urban, 3 percent rural, and super rural bonus payments.
  • Requires the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to submit a report to Congress detailing the burden of cost reports on the ambulance industry and accuracy of the data received through ambulance cost reports and making recommendations on whether the system should be modified no later than July 1, 2019.
  • Requires CMS to work with stakeholders in the development of an ambulance cost report.

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.

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 continuous coverage.

Read the CBO report.

 

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
  • Dennis Dougan, Hunter’s Ambulance, Meriden, CT
  • Galen Hankal, REACT EMS, Shawnee, OK
  • Matthew Bradshaw, REACT EMS, Shawnee, OK
  • Derek Weinkauf, EMSA, Tulsa, OK
  • Shane Vargas, Rural/Metro Fire Department, Mesa, AZ
  • Michael Turcio, American Medical Response, New Haven, CT
  • Melinda Toy, American Medical Response, Topeka, KS
  • Katrina Scaife, River Medical, Lake Havasu City, AZ
  • Deborah Rath, American Medical Response, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Chris Page, EMSA, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Jeff Odenthal, Abbott EMS, Belleville, IL
  • Susan Lutchman-Mohammed, Global Medical Response, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Sheryl Maia, American Medical Response, Portland, OR
  • Christopher “Tippy” Lee, American Medical Response – Air Ambulance, Aiea, HI
  • Lisa Johnshoy, American Medical Response, Kalaheo, HI
  • Cindy Hitchcock, American Medical Response, Greenville, TX
  • Kira Gressman, American Medical Response, Golden, CO
  • Peter Hastings, American Medical Response, Modesto, CA
  • James Hassam, American Medical Response, Nashua, NH
  • Theresa Hartman, American Medical Response, Holland, MI
  • Ivan Gonzalez, American Medical Response, Scotts Valley, CA
  • Lynn Flores, American Medical Response, Albuquerque, NM
  • Christopher Dobson, MedicWest, Las Vegas, NV
  • Michael Collums, MedStat EMS, West Point, MS (Posthumous Recipient)
  • Hugo Badillo, American Medical Response, Lake Worth, FL
  • Tracy Allen, American Medical Response, Holland, MI
  • Chana Alexander, American Medical Response, Lancaster, CA
  • Eric Eizenga, Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, Inc., Elmhurst , IL
  • Brian Porch, Regional Ambulance Service, Rutland, VT
  • Christopher Waters, Arizona Ambulance Transport, Sierra Vista, AZ
  • Kyle Wolber, Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, Inc., Elmhurst , IL
  • David Mikec, Bell Ambulance, Inc., MILWAUKEE, WI
  • Derek Vermillion, Life Emergency Medical Service, Enid, OK
  • Duane Thomas, LifeCare Medical Transports, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Doug Volin, Lakes Region EMS, North Branch, MN
  • Angela Jarrett, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • John E. Smith, Community Care Ambulance, Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Craig Sparks, Pafford Medical Services, Cleveland, MS
  • Andrea Nicole Earley, Oklahoma Ambulance Association, Enid, OK
  • Melissa Zimmer, Metro West Ambulance, Hillsboro, OR
  • Matthew Williams, LifeNet, Inc., Stillwater, OK
  • Marilyn Williams, Pafford Medical Services, Claremore, OK
  • James Wilcott, Bay Cities Ambulance, Hillsboro, OR
  • Ellen Fleming, Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, Inc., Elmhurst , IL
  • Jan Samson, North Dakota EMS Association, Bismarck, ND
  • Sherri Steele, MEDIC EMS Agency, Charlotte, NC
  • Yadira Arroyo, NYC Fire Department, Brooklyn, NY (Posthumous Recipient)
  • Amanda Wilkinson, American Ambulance of Visalia, Visalia, CA
  • Tiffany Johnson, MEDIC EMS Agency, Charlotte, NC
  • James Garvin, Muskogee County EMS, Muskogee, OK
  • Randall Frederick, North East Mobile Health Services, Scarborough, ME
  • Kerry Flynn, Armstrong Ambulance Service, Arlington, MA
  • Coty M. Peardon, Acadian Ambulance Service, Lafayette, LA
  • Tyler Niblett, Acadian Ambulance Service, Lafayette, LA
  • Rhonda Dees-Lockwood, Acadian Ambulance Service, Lafayette, LA
  • Sloane Brown, Acadian Ambulance Service, Lafayette, LA
  • Robbie Seastrunk, LifeNet, Inc., Texarkana, TX
  • Cheryl Schweinsburg, Mohawk Ambulance, Schenectady, NY
  • Jeff Russell, Pafford Medical Services, Hope, Arkansas
  • Elizabeth Roden, MedStar Mobile Healthcare, Fort Worth, TX
  • Aaron Pawol, Mercy Flights, Inc., Medford, OR
  • Padrick O’Grady, Bay Cities Ambulance, Hillsboro, OR
  • Matthew Miner, Action Ambulance Service, Inc., Wilmington, MA
  • Robert Mazzo, Northwell Health EMS, Syosset, NY
  • Bob Johnson, Medix Ambulance, Hillsboro, OR
  • William Ingle, North East Mobile Health Services, Scarborough, ME
  • Mark Hogue, Action Ambulance Service, Inc., Wilmington, MA
  • Paige Hoffman, Action Ambulance Service, Inc., Wilmington, MA
  • Brandon Herron, LifeNet, Inc., Hot Springs, AR
  • Chris Eachen, Paramedics Plus (Fort Wayne), Tyler, TX
  • Kent Coleman, St. Francois County Ambulance District, Farmington, MO
  • Josh Boden, Watonga EMS, Watonga, OK
  • Jason Billington, Mohawk Ambulance, Schenectady, NY
  • Lyle Armstrong, Del Norte Ambulance, Crescent City, CA
  • Gabe Moreno, Trinidad Ambulance District, Trinidad, CO
  • Renee McClure, St. Francois County Ambulance District, Farmington, MO
  • Graham Losse, Nature Coast Emergency Medical Services, Lecanto, FL
  • Deanne Lione, Cataldo Ambulance Service, Somerville, MA
  • Beth Keegan, Armstrong Ambulance Service, Arlington, MA
  • Ryan Lowe, MEDIC EMS Agency, Charlotte, NC
  • Kasey Ras, Sunstar Paramedics, Largo, Florida
  • Kenneth R. Olp, Community Care Ambulance, Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Lorrane Johansen, Paramedics Plus, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Andy Jenkins, Community Ambulance, Macon, GA
  • Theresa Helstowski, Metro West Ambulance, Hillsboro, OR
  • Thomas Faticone, MedStar Mobile Healthcare, Fort Worth, TX
  • John Ehlich III, Life EMS Ambulance, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Brian Galowitz, Lakes Region EMS, North Branch, MN
  • Aaron Gagnepain, Taney County Ambulance District, Hollister, MO
  • David Dormady, MedStar Mobile Healthcare, Fort Worth, TX
  • Bridget Dickert, LifeCare Ambulance Service, Battle Creek, MI
  • Darick Day, Madison County Ambulance District, Fredericktown, MO
  • Ken Cook, LifeCare Medical Transports, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Danielle Cohen, Northwell Health EMS, Syosset, NY
  • Benjamin Cohen, Northwell Health EMS, Syosset, NY
  • Jeff Cloutier, Taney County Ambulance District, Hollister, MO
  • Donald Brown III, Jackson Community Ambulance/Emergent Health Partners, Jackson, MI
  • Harlan Brock, Metro West Ambulance, Hillsboro, OR
  • Jessica Berscheid, Taney County Ambulance District, Hollister, MO
  • Jonathan Balzer, Sunstar Paramedics, Largo, Florida
  • Andrea Ball, Cataldo Ambulance Service, Somerville, MA
  • William Bailey, Northwell Health EMS, Syosset, NY
  • Julie Anderson, Richmond Ambulance Authority, Richmond, VA

During their time in Washington, the Stars of Life recipients, accompanied by executive hosts, will meet with members of Congress and congressional aides to discuss legislative issues critical to emergency medical services. In addition to honoring the Stars, Senator Susan Collins of Maine will be recognized as Legislator of the Year for her distinguished service, and 24 United States Senators and Representatives will receive Legislative Recognition Awards for their support of ambulance services.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

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 of reasons.

Let’s face it, we know we are under paid and over worked. Although I am always grateful for the sentiment people have for us as a profession during EMS week I’d prefer recognition more frequently, even every day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being ungrateful, the hot dogs and pens are appreciated. But let’s focus on what matters most for pre-hospital professionals – better pay, working conditions, and meaningful education.

Which brings me to the area I can influence most. Not the everyday education, you know card certs PHTLS, ITLS, APLS, PEPP, and EVDT etc. I want something more. I want continuing education that excites me. That embraces my desire to improve EMS and helps us all to change and improve the care we deliver to our patients. To change the protocols that guide us in the care we provide. Basically, what I am asking for is a seat at the table, minus the pens and hots dogs. Let’s start with a better educational foundation, a voice in the care we provide and deliver better care to those who rely on us to care for their loved ones.

About the Author
Scott F. McConnell is Vice President of EMS Education for OnCourse Learning and one of the Founders of Distance CME.  Since its inception in 2010, more than 10,000 learners worldwide have relied on Distance CME to recertify their credentials. Scott is a true believer in sharing not only his perspectives and experiences but also those of other providers in educational settings.

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!

EMS Week Activity Survey

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 Bleed” citizen bleeding control education, “Until Help Arrives” active bystander training, public CPR programs, and other related education programs;
  • Friday is “EMS Recognition Day” to recognize your local EMS heroes and those saves by the EMS system.

Learn more on the ACEP EMS Week page.

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 in Vermont and across our country.”

Congressman Welch has represented Vermont in Congress since 2007. Rep. Welch serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He is also a member of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to honor Congressman Welch with a Legislative Recognition Award.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Stars of Life

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 honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. Meet the stars at www.stars.ambulance.org.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

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 of the Medicare ambulance fee schedule.

AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Congressman Walden has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in Oregon and across our country.”

Congressman Walden has represented Oregon’s 2nd congressional district since 1999. He is the current Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to honor Congressman Walden with a Legislative Recognition Award.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Stars of Life

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 honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. Meet the stars at www.stars.ambulance.org.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

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 Encryption Working Group.

In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to honor Congressman Upton with a Legislative Recognition Award.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Stars of Life

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 honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. Meet the stars at www.stars.ambulance.org.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

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 Ways and Means Committee Subcommittees on Health and Tax Policy, as well as on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to honor Congressman Thompson with a Legislative Recognition Award.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Stars of Life

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 honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. Meet the stars at www.stars.ambulance.org.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

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 States, AAA is proud to honor Congressman Paulsen with a Legislative Recognition Award.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Stars of Life

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 honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. Meet the stars at www.stars.ambulance.org.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

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 fee schedule.

AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Congressman Neal has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in Massachusetts and across our country.”

Congressman Neal has represented the 1st Congressional District of Massachusetts since 1989. He is the Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, a member of the Joint Committee on Taxation, and a member of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to honor Congressman Neal with a Legislative Recognition Award.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Stars of Life

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 honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. Meet the stars at www.stars.ambulance.org.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

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 House Ethics Committee.

In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to honor Congressman Marchant with a Legislative Recognition Award.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Stars of Life

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 honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. Meet the stars at www.stars.ambulance.org.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

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! Be sure to tag your Senators and encourage others to share your post! Ask others to write letters of support as well! http://bit.ly/AAAbill

More About Our Bill S. 967, the 2017 Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act:
Permanent ambulance relief legislation has been introduced by Senators Stabenow, Roberts, Schumer, Collins, and Leahy (S. 967). This legislation will allow ambulance service providers to maintain high quality ambulance services and budget for the future.
Specifically, the bill:

  • Provides Medicare Ambulance Relief, by permanently incorporating the current temporary 2 percent urban, 3 percent rural, and super rural bonus payments into the Medicare ambulance fee schedule rates.
  • Requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to submit a report to Congress detailing the features of a reformed payment system for ambulance services under the Medicare program no later than July 1, 2019.
  • Modifies the process for the transport of dialysis patients by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a process for the prior authorization of coverage for such patients.
  • Treat ambulance services designated as “suppliers” as “providers” for certain purposes under Medicare.
  • Specifies CMS to work with stakeholders in the development of a data collection system for ambulance entities that defines the various types of ambulance entities as well as the relevant cost and data elements required for submission.

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 the Judiciary Committee; a member (and former Chairman) of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and a member of the Joint Committee on Taxation.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

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 and Means Committee.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Stars of Life

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 honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. Meet the stars at www.stars.ambulance.org.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

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 three members of Congress.

In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to honor Congressman Hudson with a Legislative Recognition Award.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Stars of Life

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 honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. Meet the stars at www.stars.ambulance.org.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

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 the Armed Services Committee, where he is the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Stars of Life

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 honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. Meet the stars at www.stars.ambulance.org.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

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 U.S. Senate. Senator Burr serves as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and also serves on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging. In addition to his service in the Senate, he is a Board Member of Brenner Children’s Hospital in North Carolina.

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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 clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Stars of Life

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 honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. Meet the stars at www.stars.ambulance.org.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.