Congrats to CAAS Accreditations & Recerts

Congratulations to the AAA members who received Commission on the Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) accreditation or reaccreditation in November and December! New certifications Superior Air-Ground Ambulance (Elmhurst, IL) Recertifications Ambucare (Bremen, GA) American Medical Response Central Mississippi (Jackson, MS) American Medical Response, Los Angeles (Irwindale, CA) American Medical Response, San Diego (San Diego, CA) American Medical Response of West Michigan (Grand Rapids, MI) American Medical Response South Mississippi (Gulfport, MS) Lifeguard Ambulance Service (Milton, FL) Metro West Ambulance (Hillsboro, OR) Richmond Ambulance Authority (Richmond, VA)

2017 Robert L. Forbuss Lifetime Achievement Award

Contact: Jessica Marvin Telephone: 703-610-9018 Email: jmarvin@ambulance.org AMERICAN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION HONORS FRED DELLA VALLE WITH THE 2017 ROBERT L. FORBUSS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Washington, DC– McLean, VA — The American Ambulance Association (AAA) is proud to award Fred Della Valle with the 2017 Robert L. Forbuss Lifetime Achievement Award. The Robert L. Forbuss Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the first Executive Director of the American Ambulance Association. The award recognizes a volunteer leader who has made a lifetime body of work that has enhanced the programs and services of the AAA and its members. Fred has achieved this through his decades of service, commitment, and dedication to the AAA and its members. AAA President Mark Postma noted, “Throughout his years of service to the AAA, Fred has worked tirelessly to advance our mission and serve our members. We are proud to celebrate his contributions and achievements to the AAA and our industry by presenting him with the Robert L. Forbuss Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017.” Mr. Della Valle will be presented with the Robert L. Forbuss Lifetime Achievement Award at the AAA Annual Conference and Tradeshow Awards Reception on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. This event is the (more…)

AAA Members Serve in Disaster Relief

Expedited Application Processing to Join Federal Disaster Response We are seeing unprecedented, catastrophic flooding in Texas and it looks as though disaster response efforts could potentially continue for the foreseeable future. American Medical Response (AMR), has been a member of the AAA since 1992. The AMR Office of Emergency Management (OEM), within its national ambulance contract as the Federal EMS provider has responded to the state of Texas in its role as the FEMA prime contractor. The company has engaged a number of EMS companies who have responded to the Hurricane Harvey deployment. Many AAA member companies are disaster subcontractors for AMR and have proudly responded to federally-declared disasters since 2007. Because of the potential protracted length of this storm and recovery efforts, AMR is now processing new applications to augment its existing operations. To help with those efforts, AAA wants to extend information about becoming a network provider for AMR. If your organization is interested in applying, please use this PDF application. When officially deployed by AMR as a subcontractor, EMS providers are compensated portal-to-portal. During deployments, lodging, subsistence, and fuel may be provided. If not provided, EMS subcontractors will be reimbursed for approved expenses. We recognize that many EMS (more…)

In Memory of Lahiri Garcia & Paul Besaw (AMR Palm Beach/Broward)

The American Ambulance Association was deeply saddened to learn that Lahiri Garcia (51) and Paul Besaw (36) were killed on June 1 in the line of duty. Both were longstanding and respected team members at AMR Palm Beach/Broward County in Florida. In an interview with WPTV, AMR Regional Director Bill Hall said, “The AMR family has lost two amazing people. They were dedicated husbands, fathers, friends and teammates. Our thoughts are with both families during this difficult time. Lahiri and Paul will be greatly missed. Garcia and Besaw were committed to caring for others, and together they had nearly 40 years of service for AMR and the community.” “Thank you all for your kind thoughts and sentiments during the past few days. This week, we celebrate the lives of our fallen colleagues, Paul Besaw and Lahiri Garcia, who tragically lost their lives in an unfortunate ambulance accident last Thursday morning,” said Terance Ramotar, regional director of AMR. “These two gentleman have dedicated their lives to the EMS profession and we are preparing a tribute on Thursday to honor their service.” A processional, followed by funeral services, is scheduled for Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Courtyard Gardens of Jupiter, FL, located at 1790 (more…)

Rep. Coffman Reintroduces VA Emergency Ambulance Service Bill

On March 9, 2017, Rep. Mike Coffman [R-CO-6] reintroduced the Veterans Reimbursement for Emergency Ambulance Services Act (H.R. 1445). The VREASA (Veterans Reimbursement for Emergency Ambulance Services Act) would provide veterans with reimbursement for emergency ambulance services when a Prudent Layperson would have a reasonable expectation that a delay in seeking immediate medical attention will jeopardize the life or health of the veteran. Currently, prior to reimbursement, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requires all medical records be provided, including the records of treatment after the emergency service has taken place. Should those records show that it was not a life threatening emergency or a false alarm, the claim for reimbursement is denied. The veteran is stuck with the bill. Medicare, Medicaid, and other major payers adhere to the “prudent layperson” standard for the reimbursement of emergency ambulance services. The VA is the only major payer to not follow this standard. It is time we ensure our veterans are not stuck with the bill for their emergency ambulance service. AAA Member, American Medical Response and their ‎VP Federal Reimbursement & Regulatory Affairs, Deb Gault, have been working with Rep. Coffman’s office to get this bill reintroduced.

AAA Members on Capitol Hill

This week, AAA members were once again on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress. AAA Government Affairs Committee Chair, Jamie Pafford-Gresham of Pafford EMS, met with entire Congressional Arkansas delegation. While on the Hill, Jamie also met with members from Oklahoma and Mississippi. AAA Board Member, Kim Godden (Superior Air-Ground Ambulance), Payment Reform Committee Chair, Asbel Montes (Acadian Ambulance Service), and AMR VP Federal Reimbursement & Regulatory Affairs, Deb Gault were also on the Hill for meetings this week. Collectively the group met with over twenty Congressional offices this week. Thank you to all of our members for their hard work fighting for permanent Medicare relief. We appreciate you taking the time to visit Washington and meet with your representatives. Pafford EMS CEO, Jamie Pafford-Gresham, and Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas Pafford EMS CEO, Jamie Pafford-Gresham, and Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas Have you met recently with a Member of Congress? Are you interested in getting involved with the AAA’s advocacy efforts? If so, email Aidan Camas at acamas@ambulance.org!

In Memory of Joe Paolella, Sr

The American Ambulance Association was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Joseph “Joe” Paolella, Sr. Joe, along with his brother Phil Paolella, was the co-owner of New Haven Ambulance Service, one of the four companies that founded American Medical Response (AMR). Joe was an innovator and pioneer in the field of pre-hospital care, and he will be deeply missed by the American Ambulance Association and it’s members throughout the United States. Joe devoted much of his career to advocating for legislation and regulations that paved the way in ensuring that the highest levels of patient care are delivered by ambulance providers in Connecticut and across our nation. Joe also selflessly mentored many ambulance leaders throughout their careers, giving many hours of his time to developing the talents of others. Joe’s wife, Lorraine Paolella, and their entire family are in our thoughts. Visiting Hours Wednesday, December 21, 2016 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc. 11 Wooster Place New Haven, CT US 06511 Mass A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday morning at 11:30 in St. George Church, Guilford. Please go directly to Church Thursday morning. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. St. George Church 33 (more…)

Spotlight: Barbara Bachman, Emergent Health Partners

Barbara Bachman Chief Financial Officer, Emergent Health Partners Alternate Director, AAA Board Ann Arbor, MI Please tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The year I graduated from high school my parents relocated to North Carolina, so I have family in both places. I am married and have four grown children, two son-in-laws, and one granddaughter. I love to bake, and Christmas is my most favorite time of year. I make about 30 different kinds of cookies which I share with my employees. How did you come to work in the industry? How long have you been involved? I was in public accounting for over 20 years with a large regional firm and a Big 5 firm. I then moved on to be the controller at a company that managed about 30 physician clinics in the Flint, Michigan area. From there I went to a non-profit organization that was grant-funded by the state of Michigan. They offered workforce development and online courses for high school students. They were losing their funding so I applied for a job with Huron Valley Ambulance ( in 2004 and was selected to become (more…)