Tag: 2017

Senator Bill Cassidy Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Senator Bill Cassidy 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 Bill Cassidy of Louisiana with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services.

Senator Cassidy will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s Louisiana Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Bayou State are Tyler Niblett, and Coty M. Peardon, of Acadian Ambulance Service.

Senator Cassidy was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award for championing the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act. This legislation is intended to ensure that Paramedics and EMTs can continue to administer life-saving drugs to patients.

AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Senator Cassidy has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in Louisiana and across our country. The AAA is proud to present him with a Legislative Recognition Award.”
Elected to the Senate in 2014, Senator Cassidy serves on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP), Energy and Natural Resources, Finance, Veterans Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees. In addition to his service in the Senate, for nearly three decades Senator Cassidy has provided care for uninsured and underinsured patients in Louisiana’s charity hospital system in his capacity as a medical doctor.

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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 Patrick Leahy Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Senator Patrick Leahy 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 Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services.

Senator Leahy 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.

Senator Leahy 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 and the super rural bonus payment. The legislation, S. 377 from the 114th Congress, would also treat ambulance services more like providers of health care services. It would require CMS to ambulance collect cost data utilizing a survey methodology that would likely result in usable information and not present an unnecessary burden on rural ambulance services.

AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Senator Leahy has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in Vermont and across our country. The AAA is proud to present him with the Legislative Recognition Award.”

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1974, Senator Leahy is the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Leahy is the senior-most member of both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as the ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State Department, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

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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 Devin Nunes Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Devin Nunes Receives
2017 AAA Legislative Recognition Award

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will honor Congressman Devin Nunes of California with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services.

Congressman Nunes 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; and Ivan Gonzalez, Chana Alexander, Peter Hastings and Deborah Rath of American Medical Response.

Congressman Nunes 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 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, and would 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. Congressman Nunes was also chosen for championing efforts to ensure that rural areas are correctly identified as such under the CMS fee schedule.

AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Congressman Nunes has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in California and across our country. We thank him for his dedication and commitment.”

Congressman Nunes has represented California’s 22nd congressional district since 2003. He is Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and a member of the Ways and Means Committee, having previously served as Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade.

In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to honor Congressman Nunes 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 Peter Roskam Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Peter Roskam 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 Peter Roskam of Illinois with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services.

Congressman Roskam will be presented the honor in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s Illinois Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Prairie State are Eric Eizenga, Kyle Wolber, and Ellen Fleming of Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service as well as Jeff Odenthal of Abbott EMS/American Medical Response.

Congressman Roskam was selected for his support of the Medicare ambulance temporary add-on increases and the super rural bonus payment.

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

Congressman Roskam has represented Illinois’s 6th congressional district since 2007. He is the current Chair of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy, as well as a member of the Subcommittee on Health.

In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to honor Congressman Roskam 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.

Senator Chuck Schumer Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Senator Chuck Schumer 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 Senator Chuck Schumer of New York with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services.

Senator Schumer will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s New York Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Empire State are William Bailey, Danielle Cohen, Benjamin Cohen and Robert Mazzo of Northwell Health EMS, and Jason Billington of Mohawk Ambulance.

Senator Schumer 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 and the super rural bonus payment. The legislation, S. 377 from the 114th Congress, would treat ambulance services more like providers of health care services. It would also require CMS to ambulance collect cost data utilizing a survey methodology that would likely result in usable information and not present an unnecessary burden on rural ambulance services.

AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Senator Schumer has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in New York and across our country. The AAA is proud to present him with the Legislative Recognition Award.” Senator Schumer was also honored last year as the 2016 AAA Legislator of the Year.

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998, Senator Schumer is the Senate minority leader, and serves as Vice Chairman on the Joint Committee on the Library, International Narcotics Control Caucus, Select Committee on Intelligence, and Committee on Rules.

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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 Pat Tiberi Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Congressman Pat Tiberi 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 Pat Tiberi of Ohio with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services.

Congressman Tiberi will be presented this honor in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s Ohio Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Buckeye State are John E. Smith, and Kenneth R. Olp of Community Care Ambulance.

Congressman Tiberi was selected for his leadership on health care issues and for his help in ensuring the extension of the Medicare temporary ambulance add-on payments. He is also recognized for his support of a methodology to collect ambulance cost data which would provide usable information for future reform of the Medicare ambulance fee schedule.

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

Congressman Tiberi has represented Ohio’s 12th congressional district since 2001. He is the current Chair of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, as well as a member of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy.

In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to honor Congressman Tiberi 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.

Senator Ron Wyden Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Senator Ron Wyden 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 Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services.

Senator Wyden 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 Helstowski, and 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.

Senator Wyden was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award for his leadership on health care issues and support of the Medicare temporary ambulance add-on payments, and a system for collecting ambulance cost data utilizing a methodology that would likely result in usable information.

AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Senator Wyden is a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in Oregon and across our country. The AAA is proud to present him with a Legislative Recognition Award.”

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Senator Wyden is the Ranking Member of the Finance Committee. He also serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Budget Committee, Select Committee on Intelligence, and 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 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.

Support AAA’s Medicare Relief Legislation, S. 967

Dear Fellow Members,

As you know, the Medicare ambulance add-on payments are set to expire on December 31, 2017. I’m proud to share with you that today, due to AAA advocacy efforts, permanent ambulance relief legislation was introduced by Senators Stabenow, Roberts, Schumer, Collins, and Leahy.

This bill, S.967, “Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act” would make permanent the vital urban and rural Medicare add-ons and super-rural bonus payments. Although some changes are likely during the committee markup process, we are cautiously optimistic that it will also carry through proposals to reclassify ambulance organizations as providers of health care (not suppliers of transportation), as well as a cost data collection system that does not place undue burden on ambulance services.

On behalf of the AAA, I’d like to extend my deepest thanks to Senators Stabenow, Roberts, Schumer, Collins, and Leahy for sponsoring the legislation, as well as the AAA Board, Government Affairs Committee, advocacy consultants, and staff who worked so diligently to build support on Capitol Hill.

Over the coming months, AAA will continue to connect with policymakers to build support for sustainable ambulance Medicare reimbursement. However, we need your help to ensure that this critical revenue remains in place. We ask that you please contact your Senators to voice your support for S. 967. AAA makes it easy to connect with your legislators through our online advocacy tool—please use it today to quickly send messages expressing the importance of the legislation to your ambulance service and the communities you serve.

If possible, we ask that you also work with fellow ambulance providers in your area to schedule in-person meetings with your legislators’ offices. If you arrange a meeting in your home state, please contact AAA staff at info@ambulance.org for talking points to support your conversation.

Now, more than ever, we need the active participation of each member organization to ensure our collective future! Thank you in advance for your assistance with advocacy outreach, as well as for your continued membership to the American Ambulance Association.

Mark Postma
President, American Ambulance Association
“Representing EMS in America”

Senator Stabenow Receives AAA Legislative Honor

Senator Debbie Stabenow 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 Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of her advocacy for emergency medical services.

Senator Stabenow will be presented the 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 of American Medical Response, Bridget Dickert of LifeCare Ambulance Service, Donald Brown III of Jackson Community Ambulance/Emergent Health Partners, John Eilich III of Life EMS Ambulance, and Theresa Hartman of American Medical Response.

Senator Stabenow was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award in thanks for her long-standing support of the Medicare ambulance temporary add-on increases and the super rural bonus payment, as well as co-sponsorship of Medicare ambulance relief and reform legislation.

AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Senator Stabenow has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in Michigan and across our country. The AAA is proud to present her with the Legislative Recognition Award.”

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, Senator Stabenow is the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus.

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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 Roberts Receives Legislative Recognition Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact
Amanda Riordan
703-610-9018
ariordan@ambulance.org

KEMSA, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), AAA Treasurer Shawn Baird
KEMSA, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), AAA Treasurer Shawn Baird

Washington, D.C.– The American Ambulance Association (AAA) has selected Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas as recipient of an AAA Legislative Recognition Award in honor of his strong advocacy for emergency medical services. Senator Roberts received his award during EMS on the Hill Day events on April 25.

AAA President Mark Postma notes, “We would like to thank Senator Roberts for his commitment to sustainable reimbursement for ambulance services in Kansas and across our nation.”

Senator Roberts was recognized for championing the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act, which would make permanent the current temporary Medicare ambulance add-on increases and the super rural bonus payment. The legislation would also treat ambulance services more like providers of health care services, and require CMS to collect cost data utilizing a methodology that would likely result in usable information and not be an unnecessary burden on rural ambulance services.

Senator Roberts was presented the award by Brandon Beck, President of the Kansas EMS Association (KEMSA), and other KEMSA representatives as well as Shawn Baird of Woodburn Ambulance (OR) AAA Treasurer and Vice Chair of the AAA Government Affairs Committee.

In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to honor Senator Roberts 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 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 Susan Collins Named Legislator of the Year

For Immediate Release

Senator Collins 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, D.C. – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) has named Senator Susan Collins of Maine as the AAA Legislator of the Year, in recognition of her strong advocacy for emergency medical services. Senator Collins is invited to receive this honor at the AAA’s annual Stars of Life recognition ceremony on June 13 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. Stars of Life pays tribute to 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 2017 Stars of Life. In addition to Senator Collins’s recognition as as Legislator of the Year, twenty-four United States Senators and Representatives will receive Legislative Recognition Awards for their support of ambulance services.

AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Senator Collins has been a tireless advocate for emergency medical services, both in Maine and across our country. The AAA is honored to present her with the distinction of AAA Legislator of the Year.”

Senator Collins is a primary sponsor of the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act which would make permanent the current temporary Medicare ambulance relief. This bill ensures that ambulance service providers across the nation have the resources necessary to provide often life-saving emergency- as well as vital non-emergency medical transportation.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs from 2003 to 2007, Senator Collins ensured both governmental and nongovernmental medical service providers were included in the definition of an emergency responder in the Homeland Security Act. This enabled ambulance service providers as first responders access to critical funding and resources.

First elected to the senate in 1996, Senator Collins has earned a national reputation for working across party lines to seek consensus on our nation’s most important issues. Senator Collins has carried out her longstanding commitment to healthcare issues through her work on the Special Committee on Aging as well as the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

In recognition of her ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to call Senator Collins our Legislator of the Year.

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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.

2017 Stars of Life Nominations Now Open!

Each year, 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 EMS profession.

Recognize the unsung heroes at your ambulance service. Nominate EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and other EMS professionals for this year’s class of AAA Stars. Stars and their guests, accompanied by executive hosts, are celebrated in a series of events in our nation’s capital.

Stars of Life
June 12–14, 2017
Omni Shoreham
Washington, DC
www.stars.ambulance.org

Hurry, rates go up March 15, and nominations close April 1. Nominate today►

2017 AAA Annual Conference Call for Presentations

AAA 2017 Annual Conference & Trade Show
November 13-15, 2017, Caesars Palace

We are asking those individuals interested in presenting at the American Ambulance Association’s Annual Conference & Trade Show to respond to our Call for Presentations.

This premier event is one of the largest inclusive gatherings of ambulance and pre-hospital care leaders, and features distinct tracks for Workforce Management, Reimbursement and Policy, and Executive Leadership. Our primary focus continues to be providing critical information that both new and established ambulance services may utilize to better serve their communities and operate their services more efficiently and profitably. To submit a proposal, please fill out our Call for Presentations form.

The following are general topics areas to be addressed but other subject areas are welcome:

  • Recruitment, Retention, and Human Resources
  • Operations, Risk Management and Safety
  • Management and Supervision
  • Leadership Development & Structure
  • Improved Fleet Maintenance/Management
  • Clinical/Quality Assurance Program
  • Reimbursement/Patient Accounts
  • Innovations, Technology, and Communications
  • Emerging Healthcare Trends/Hot Topics
  • Healthcare Reform/Public Health/Partnering with ACO’s

Format of Sessions:

Sessions, unless otherwise requested, are 75 minutes including Q&A. We are accepting single speaker as well as panel discussions. Sessions may be either classroom style or set for small workgroups. Hands-on workgroups and audience involvement is preferred. Individual speakers are encouraged to speak from the floor and interact with the audience. Powerpoints are optional but audience takeaways are highly encouraged.

Proposal Instructions:

Please be advised that participation as a presenter is strictly on a voluntary basis. AAA is unable to pay speaker fees or travel and lodging expenses. Participation will be at your own expense for your own exposure and promotion.

Information to be included on your proposal:

  • Name, title, organization affiliation, address, city, state, zip code, business phone number with area code and e-mail address.
  • AAA membership status. It is not necessary to be a member of AAA to submit a session proposal. However, some preference will be given to AAA members.
  • Title of proposed session
  • Experience Level of speaker/s for large national conference or audiences. Please include the event names & dates
  • A detailed narrative description of the proposed session or workshop, including the following, as appropriate:
  • Experience Level (basic, intermediate or advanced) of intended audience
  • Recommendations, findings or practice models for replication
  • Describe what your audience will be able to take away from your presentation and be able to use immediately in their business or personal life.
  • 50-75 word description of your presentation for marketing purposes

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017. Applicants may have more than one submission for any type of session. Audience involvement is highly encouraged.

Submit a Proposal

HR Wrap-Up: A Look Back at 2016

As we wind up 2016 I thought it would be a good idea to review the year’s human resource and legal developments to ensure that our members are compliant and prepared for what faces them in 2017.  We knew that this was going to be an interesting year as we experienced the most unusual Presidential Election in our history.  It overshadowed everything else that occurred in 2016.  As the Obama administration comes to its final days, employers and ambulance providers saw some of the most sweeping regulatory changes.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The biggest change facing employers in 2016 was the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime changes.  The Department of Labor (DOL) issued updated regulations which were to become effective December 1, 2016, raising the minimum salary thresholds for the so called “white collar” exemptions.  Under the new regulations, the minimum salary would increase from $455 to $970 per week.  For those employees earning under the new amount, employers would need to decide if they are going to raise the salary level or pay the employee overtime for hours worked over 40 in one week.  The changes have not gone into effect yet as a 5th Circuit Judge issued an injunction on the implementation of the new Regulations until the question of their legality is determined.

Most employees in the ambulance industry are hourly paid employees and the Regulatory changes are will not affect their overtime eligibility.  However, ambulance providers should take these changes as an opportunity to evaluate each position within their organization and ensure that any exempt position is appropriately classified.

Civil Penalty Changes

This past August the Department Of Labor published two interim final rules that adjusted the penalties for enforcement actions by several of its agencies.  The penalties increased because Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act in 2015 last November with the intent of improving the effectiveness of civil monetary penalties and hopes of maintaining their deterring effect.  Many agency penalties had not been adjusted since 1990.

The new penalties will only be applicable to penalties assessed after August 1, 2016 for violation that occurred after November 2, 2015.  The DOL posted a chart detailing all of the penalty increases.

Posting Changes

Many of the mandated employer postings also experienced a change this year as a result of the FLSA Regulation updates and because of the Civil Penalty increases.  Employers need to be sure to update the required Federal employment postings in their workplaces.  The new postings are available on the Department of Labor’s website free of charge.  Alternatively, many employers purchase the all-in-one combination Federal and State posters from third party vendors.  Whether obtained from the DOL or from a vendor, the postings need to be updated to reflect these new changes.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The required FLSA posting will reflect the change to the classification of employees, requirements for nursing mothers, and updated enforcement section.  The new posting also removes the prior reference to a specific penalty amount as the penalties will adjust at regular intervals under the penalty adjustment changes.

Occupational Health & Safety Act (OSHA)

In May, the AAA published an advisory notifying members about upcoming changes to the reporting requirements under OSHA, including provisions regarding the notification to employees of non-retaliation for those who file work injury or illness claims.  The non-retaliation notice provisions became effective November 1, 2016.  The new OSHA posting reflects the notice to employees regarding the non-retaliation provisions.

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (APPA)

Like the FLSA posting, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) posting has changed to reflect the removal of a specific penalty amount.  The new EPPA posting can be found on the DOL’s website.

Transgender

One of the more active debates during the end of 2015 and for most of 2016 was an issue not directly related to employers but that had significant impacts on employers was the North Carolina House Bill 2.  HB 2 was sweeping legislation that required restroom and locker room facilities be utilized by individuals based upon the gender listed on their birth certificate.

In May, the Department of Justice filed a Civil Rights suit against the State of North Carolina and its Governor stating that the legislation was “state sanctioned discrimination” and was illegal.  After several legal challenges it appears that the legislation will be repealed by the new North Carolina administration.  Even without the repeal of the legislation employers were on notice that all Federal regulatory agencies included transgender rights as protected under Title VII and subject to the law.

This is notice to employers that they need to allow all employees to utilize the restrooms and changing facilities that are consistent with their gender identity.  The best practice for employers is to provide privacy for all individuals, whether or not they are in a gender specific facility.  This means that restroom and shower facilities should provide as much privacy as possible.  This could include installing privacy strips to restroom stalls, large partitions between urinals, and privacy curtains for showers.  Employers should not assume that individuals born the same gender are comfortable with or do not seek the same privacy in these setting as do individuals of different genders.  The message should be to respect the privacy of all individuals regardless of their gender or gender identity.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1557 Rules

This past July new Regulations, which implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), became effective.  The provisions of Section 1557 build off of existing Title VII and other discrimination laws that extend protections to previously underserved or under-represented groups of people with regard to healthcare.  The new Regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities.  In addition, the Regulations provide discrimination protections on the basis of pregnancy, gender identity, and sex stereotyping.  The Final Rule also requires that “covered entities” make available assistance for individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and those with disabilities, including communications related disabilities.

The new Regulations require that covered entities have a Compliance Coordinator and a Grievance Procedure.  The Compliance Coordinator is to monitor and coordinate compliance with the provisions of the Final Rule.  The Grievance Procedure has to provide the appropriate due process standards that would allow for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints concerning actions prohibited by Section 1557.  HHS has included a sample Grievance Procedure in Appendix C to Part 92—Sample Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act Grievance Procedure  to assist covered entities in meeting this requirement.

In addition, the Regulations require that all covered entities post notices assuring patients that the covered entity does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability and that auxiliary aides and services for individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and Communication related disabilities.  To alert these individuals, ambulance providers must post a notice regarding the availability of these aids and services in the top 15 languages spoken in the state of operation.

A Look Ahead to 2017

OSHA

Starting in 2017, employers will be required to electronically report work related injuries to OSHA.  The AAA posted information about this new requirement last week.  Employers should anticipate increased OSHA investigatory activity following this first year of injury reporting.  Currently, OSHA obtains the majority of their injury data from employee complaints or on site visits.  These new reporting requirements are intended to persuade employers to be more proactive with regard to workplace safety.  As we learn more about the tools OSHA will utilize to collect this information, we will notify members.

EEO-1 Pay Reporting

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs (OFCCP) have approved a new EEO-1 Form that will be used starting with the 2017 report, which will be due on March 31, 2018.  The new report requires private employers, including federal contractors and subcontractors, with 100 or more employees to submit summary pay data on the EEO-1 Form.  Federal contractors and subcontractors with 50-99 employees will not submit summary pay data but will continue to report demographic data (sex and race or ethnicity) on the EEO-1 as they did before.  Also, Federal contractors and subcontractors with 49 or fewer employees, and companies without federal contracts with 99 or fewer employees, will not be required to complete the EEO-1 report.  The goal is to remove the pay inequities amongst different protected classes.

Employers will have some time to make the necessary changes to their systems to ensure that their systems can collect and report this data.

Minimum Wage Increases

There are 21 states that are going to have a minimum wage increase in 2017.  While most of our industry pay rates are above the minimum wage amounts.  Services should check their state minimum wage to ensure that their mandated minimum wage pay and postings are up to date.

New Form I9

Just a reminder that employers will be required to use the new Form I9 for all employees hired on or after January 22, 2017.  The USCIS announced last month that it has updated the Form I9 and for employers to begin utilizing these forms no later than January 22, 2017.  For more information on the new Form I9, view the IRS Press Release announcement posted last month.

New W2 Reporting Requirements

Employers need to be aware that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has moved up the date that employers have to file their Form W2 with the IRS.  Previously, employers had until the end of February to file their Form W2s with the IRS.  Under the new deadline, employers must file all Form W2 by January 31, 2017.  The January 31st deadline has long applied to furnishing of the Form W2s to their employees.  For more details on the new filing deadline, read the IRS Announcement.

Signing Off for 2016

This has proven to be an incredibly busy year for all employers, including ambulance providers.  AAA Members should remember that there are numerous resources available through the AAA in the Member Area on the website, through AAA Staff and Consultants, and also with the hundreds of members who are all working together to care for the patients and communities we serve.  Do not face the challenges in your organization alone.  Your membership brings with it a great deal of tools and resources so that you can focus on providing your patient with outstanding service.  Happy New Year.

 

Ambulance Payment Reform Whiteboard Video

The American Ambulance Association needs your help to build the future of EMS—an innovative industry compensated fairly and recognized appropriately for the critical healthcare it provides. Learn more in the video below, then visit our Payment Reform page to get involved!

Ambulance services across the country are struggling to survive in the face of falling reimbursement, short-sighted regulations, and rising costs. EMS providers of all sizes must share critical cost data, meet with legislators, and speak with one voice as we work to surmount these obstacles and position ambulance services for success today and for many years to come.

EMS Today: Leadership Summit

EMS Today Conference & Exposition
Maximize your time at EMS TODAY by adding half-day or full day pre & post-conference workshops to your Gold (3-day) or Silver (2-day) full conference registration.

These unique, CE certified workshops are designed to provide in-depth clinical and hands-on instruction to students and will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. These workshops are taught by recognized experts in the world of EMS.

ADD 1 or 2 today! Don't forget that complimentary lunch is provided for all attendees registered for two onsite 4-hour workshops or one 8-hour workshop!

American Ambulance Association's Leadership Summit (#17353)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Workshop Description
Great EMS organizations are the product of great leaders. This summit is built on the principles of the acclaimed EMS Leadership Academy and connects today’s challenges with your practice of leadership. Get inspired, refreshed, challenged and sharpened by engaging in a non-traditional learning setting in which participants set the agenda and conversation, participation, interaction, reflection, (not Power Point, lecture and statistics) are used to deepen your practice of leadership. Don’t miss this opportunity to do something for yourself and test-drive the EMS Leadership Academy. Open to all registered EMS Today attendees.

Instructors:
John Becknell
Partner, SafeTech Solutions, United States

Aarron Reinert
Executive Director, Lakes Region EMS, United States

Cost:
There is no charge to attend this workshop, but registration is required.

Register Today CLICK HERE to learn more about the
Pre & Post-Conference Workshops
EMS Today Conference & Exposition

EMS Today: Payment Reform Town Hall

EMS Today Conference & Exposition
Maximize your time at EMS TODAY by adding half-day or full day pre & post-conference workshops to your Gold (3-day) or Silver (2-day) full conference registration.
These unique, CE certified workshops are designed to provide in-depth clinical and hands-on instruction to students and will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. These workshops are taught by recognized experts in the world of EMS.
ADD 1 or 2 today! Don’t forget that complimentary lunch is provided for all attendees registered for two onsite 4-hour workshops or one 8-hour workshop!
FEATURED WORKSHOP
American Ambulance Association’s Town Hall Meeting on Payment Reform (#16200)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Workshop Description
The AAA has been leading efforts on Capitol Hill to take the initial steps necessary to reform the Medicare ambulance fee schedule. It began with the successful securement and multiple extensions of the 2% urban, 3% rural and super rural increases in Medicare payments for ambulance services. Through the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act (S. 377/H.R. 745), those increases would be made permanent and set the foundation for future reform by changing the status of ambulance service suppliers to that of providers, collecting data on the cost of providing ambulance services and addressing fraud and abuse with dialysis transports. EMS needs to be considered providers and have cost data if we are to make data driven changes to the fee schedule beyond ambulance services just being a transportation benefit. The AAA Payment Reform Committee is looking at what Medicare reimbursement policy would look like as providers of health care services with the data to support changes in ambulance policy. The Committee, comprised of representatives of the AAA, NAEMSP, NAEMT and NASEMSO, has developed a policy payment outlining the future of reimbursement for EMS including treat and refer, mobile integrated health and alternate destinations. Come to this special Town Hall Meeting on Payment Reform to hear about the activities of the Committee in detail and provide valuable input for the future of ambulance reimbursement policies.

Speakers:
Jimmy Johnson
Owner & President, LifeEMS, Past President, American Ambulance Association, United States

Kathleen Lester
Principal, Lester Health Law PLLC, United States

Asbel Montes
V.P. of Governmental Relations and Reimbursement, Acadian Ambulance Service, United States

Tristan North
S.V.P. of Govt. Affairs, American Ambulance Association, United States

Cost:
Open to all registered EMS Today attendees. There is no charge to attend this workshop, but registration is required.

Register Today CLICK HERE to learn more about the
Pre & Post-Conference Workshops
EMS Today Conference & Exposition

 

AAA Releases 2017 Medicare Rate Calculator

AAA 2017 Medicare Rate Calculator Now Available!

The American Ambulance Association is pleased to announce the release of its 2017 Medicare Rate Calculator tool. The AAA believes this is a valuable tool that can assist members in budgeting for the coming year. This calculator has been updated to account for recent changes in Medicare policies, including the 2017 Ambulance Inflation Factor (0.7%) and continuation of the current temporary add-ons.

To access the Rate Calculator, please CLICK HERE.

To access the Fee Schedule, please CLICK HERE.

CMS has not yet published the Public Use File for 2017.  Once the file is released, the AAA will verify that the rates are correct and notify you of any discrepancies.

Download the 2017 Rate Calculator

2017 Fee Schedule

President Postma’s Capital Campaign

At the 2016 AAA Annual Conference & Trade Show, new president Mark Postma announced a visionary capital campaign to build our association’s reserves to $1 million. We invite all members to give as they are able to build a rainy day fund capable of weathering any storm. Thank you in advance for your support and participation.

Funds contributed to the Capital Campaign can only be used by the association following a board vote.

Pledge Now

Capital Campaign Pledge

  • How should this pledge be acknowledged? Ex: "John Smith" OR "Jane Jones, ABCXYZ Ambulance" OR "ABCXYZ Ambulance"
    Does your generous contribution originate from you personally, or your organization?
  • Any comments or special instructions?

CMS Announces 2017 Inflation Factor

The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) issued Transmittal 3625 officially announcing that the inflation factor for payments under the Medicare ambulance fee schedule for 2017 will be 0.7%.

The calculation for determining the Medicare ambulance inflation factor is as follows: Consumer Price Index – Urban (which is the change in the CPI-U from June to June) minus the non-farm business multi-factor productivity adjustment (MFP) as projected by the Secretary of HHS (10-year average). The CPI-Urban for 2017 is 1.0% with a MFP of 0.3% which equals the 0.7% inflation factor. As part of the Affordable Care Act, a productivity adjustment is subtracted from the CPI-Urban for the final inflation update.