40 Under 40: Adam Stockton (Maricopa Ambulance – Phoenix, AZ)

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession. ____ Adam Stockton Director of EMS Operations, West Valley Maricopa Ambulance (Member of the Priority Ambulance family of companies) Phoenix, Arizona ____ Nominated by: Amanda Jennings (Priority Ambulance – Knoxville, TN) ____ Biography: Adam joined the Maricopa Ambulance team in 2016 when the company started up in Maricopa County, Arizona. As the company grew, Adam quickly advanced from Paramedic Supervisor to EMS Director in less than two years due to his talent and commitment to serving his communities. Adam Stockton currently serves as EMS Director for the 9-1-1 service areas of Glendale and Goodyear where he was instrumental in the implementation and optimization of those systems in 2019. Adam served as the lead supervisor for the City of Scottsdale during the startup of the city’s 9-1-1 EMS system and was instrumental in the startup of the City of Surprise backup 9-1-1 service. Adam’s interest and dedication to EMS stems from his father who has been a Paramedic in the Avondale/Goodyear areas in Central Arizona for 25 years. Adam is an Arizona native who (more…)

Spotlight: Paul Pedersen

Paul Pedersen Managing Partner Arizona Ambulance Transport Alternate Director, AAA, Region V Sierra Vista, AZ Tell us a little about yourself. Born and raised in California. Spent majority of my adult life in Arizona. Love to travel and attend University of Arizona basketball games. How did you come to work in the industry? How long have you been involved? In the industry for almost 20 years. Started as a GM with Rural/Metro and later co founded our current business, Arizona Ambulance Transport. What do you enjoy most about your job? The dedicated people I get to work with and the service we provide to the communities. What is your biggest professional challenge? Paying our staff what they’re really worth. With current reimbursements it’s impossible. What is your typical day like? Watching over finances and supporting our operations manager. How has participation in AAA membership and advocacy helped your organization? We all need all the help we can get to assure reasonable reimbursements. AAA’s involvement in DC on behalf of all or us is something we certainly couldn’t do by ourselves. Explore AAA membership, or learn more about our advocacy for ambulance services across the country.

House Holds Hearing on Veterans Choice Program

The House VA Committee hearing started at 7:30 p.m., but it was well-attended and lasted until 10 p.m. The witnesses included Senator John McCain (R-AZ), VA Secretary David Shulkin, and representatives of the VA Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office. Senator McCain and Secretary Shulkin were both warmly welcomed by Members of the Committee on a bipartisan basis. Chairman Roe (R-TN) emphasized the need to act quickly to extend the authorization for the Veterans Choice Program, which expires on August 7. To that end, the House VA Committee is voting today on a bill to eliminate the sunset of the program’s authorization. In addition, the Committee will consider broader legislation later this year to make comprehensive reforms to the Choice Program. He noted that the VA has additional funds available but will not be able to spend them once the authorization expires. A copy of Chairman Roe’s opening statement is available here. Secretary Shulkin testified in support of extending the Choice Program, and he clarified that the VA was not seeking additional funding – just the authority to spend funds already obligated. He noted that the VA already is being forced to deny Choice Program coverage to...

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“We’re a small service and don’t have the resources to advocate on a national level. Membership to the American Ambulance Association gives us access to advocate for our business in Washington. ”

Paul Pedersen
Member, American Ambulance Association Education & Membership Committee
Sierra Vista, AZ


Arizona Ambulance Transport’s Paul Pedersen on AAA Membership

Medicaid Waivers to End Coverage of Non-Emergency Transportation

By David M. Werfel, Esq | AAA Medicare Consultant Updated February 16, 2016 Federal law requires that state Medicaid programs cover necessary transportation to and from health care providers in order to ensure access to care. However, as a result of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and cost increases, recently, a few states have asked CMS to waive the requirement for non-emergency transportation so they can end coverage of non-emergency transportation. CMS granted waivers to Iowa and Indiana. Pennsylvania received permission, but the subsequent change in the governor’s office altered the state’s expansion plans and state officials ultimately chose not to use it. Arizona has a pending request to provide prior authorization. When Iowa was granted the waiver, a beneficiary survey was conducted to determine the impact on access to care. The survey found some beneficiaries with incomes under the poverty level did not have transportation to or from a healthcare visit. Other beneficiaries said a lack of transportation could prevent them from getting a physical exam in the coming year. However, CMS stated the cases of negative impact were not statistically significant enough to discontinue the waiver. As a result of the complaints, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) (more…)

Spotlight: Paul Pedersen

Paul Pedersen Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA Managing Partner at Arizona Ambulance Transport Director Region 5, AAA Board Tell us a little about yourself. I was born and raised in Berkeley, California. I have a wife and two grown children, and enjoy traveling. How did you come to work in the industry? After 20 years in law enforcement and five years in public safety communications, I became general manager for Rural/Metro in southern Arizona. I subsequently co-founded our company, Arizona Ambulance Transport, in 2000.