Webinar June 12 | Internal Size-Up: Mental Health for EMS Webinar

Free Webinar | Recorded June 12, 2020 at 14:00 ET  This presentation involves a careful examination of behavioral health awareness for EMS with an emphasis on understanding emotional and physical stressors. We will cover communication skills, addiction, depression, PTSD/PTSI, suicide statistics, retirement, and creating a behavioral health program. The program will: Introduce attendees to emotional and behavioral awareness. Introduce attendees to the various emotional stressors that affect EMS providers, including stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicide, and other behaviors. Discuss Cultural Brainwashing Discuss suicide rates within the EMS and fire services. About Jeff Dill Jeff holds a master’s degree and is a licensed counselor. He is a retired Captain from Palatine Rural Fire Protection District in Inverness, Illinois and is a member of the American Counseling Association and National Board of Certified Counselors. About Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) FBHA’s goal is to provide behavioral health workshops to fire departments and EMS organizations across the globe, focusing on behavioral health awareness with a strong drive towards suicide prevention and promoting resources available to first responders and their families. FBHA’s goal is to promote good mental health for the men and women who serve their communities through EMS and fire protection. FBHA (more…)

Seeking EMS Grantwriters!

The American  Ambulance Association seeks member organization employees and consultants with grant-writing expertise who may be interested in writing or presenting to ambulance services. Ideally, we would like to develop a one-hour webinar for members that includes tips for finding and winning grants of all kinds ( Assistance to Firefighter Grants, SAMHSA/ SIREN Act, local, non-profit, etc). If you may be interested, please contact ariordan@ambulance.org! Thank you for your support and participation.

Confidential support for AAA member organizations

Confidential support for employees of AAA member organizations As first responders, you regularly bear witness to traumatic events, and you directly experience loss, sadness, and sometimes even frightening violence outside the norm of the human experience. Exposure to trauma can cause emotional reactions for weeks or even months following. If you’re struggling to cope with difficult emotions or dealing with symptoms of an acute stress reaction, the American Ambulance Association can help. Confidential counseling from LifeWorks—At no cost to you. LifeWorks is your employee assistance program (EAP) and well-being resource. We’re here for you any time, 24/7, 365 days a year, with expert advice, resources, referrals to counseling, and connections to specialty providers including substance abuse professionals. Toll-free immediate support by phone if you’re in distress. Up to three face-to-face confidential counseling sessions per issue. Counseling live by video to meet clinical needs and preferences. All counselors are experienced therapists with a minimum Master’s degree in psychology, social work, educational counseling, or other social services field. Onsite CISM Services – Round-the-clock support for critical incidents. If your ambulance service has experienced an employee death, severe vehicle accident, staff suicide, or other traumatic event, AAA is here to help. Email info@ambulance.org...

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AAA’s New URL: Ambulance.org

Welcome to www.ambulance.org, AAA’s new domain! After many years at www.the-aaa.org, we are proud to announce the successful transition to our new easier-to-type, easier-to-understand online home. A few www.ambulance.org tips: All usernames and passwords remain unchanged. (Forgot your password? No problem! Reset it here.) Annual and Stars of Life have moved, too! Does something on the site look or behave unexpectedly? If so, please clear your cache—you could have an old version of the site “stuck” in your browser’s temporary storage. Need help? AAA staff is happy to assist at info@ambulance.org or 703-610-9018. Thanks for your support of AAA, and we look forward to serving you for many years to come!  

Next Week: AAA Moving to Ambulance.org

The American Ambulance Association is excited to announce that next week, our primary website URL will move to www.ambulance.org. We are excited to offer our members this simple, clear, and easy-to-type online home. While we do not expect any major technology difficulties during the changeover next week, we appreciate your patience with very short downtime, slight glitches, or slower loading times as we make the change. Please be assured that the familiar www.ambulance.org URL will continue to work as well as it will redirect to our new www.ambulance.org home. Please contact AAA staff should you have any questions.

Medicare “Locality” Rule & ALS Assessment

“Locality” Rule – MAC Discretion – Since the inception of the CMS Internet Only Manual (in 2003), the Benefit Policy Manual 100-02, Chapter 10, section 10.3.5 has always defined “Locality” as: The term “Locality” with respect to ambulance service means the service area surrounding the institution to which individuals normally travel or are expected to travel to receive hospital or skilled nursing services. An example is then listed to indicate that the ambulance transportation to either of two large metropolitan hospitals that regularly provide services to the small community where the emergency arose would be covered destinations. On June 16, 2017, CMS issued Transmittal 236 to add the following at the end of the paragraph before the example: The MAC’s have the discretion to define locality in their service areas. Effectively, there is no change as Carriers and Intermediaries (now MACs) have always had discretion to determine the “locality” around each facility. Often, they did this with mileage edits, e.g. in an urban area, they may have set a parameter of 15 miles, but in a rural area, they have allowed a much larger area. Nevertheless, it is a good time to ask your MAC for their definitions of the localities in...

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New Member Benefit: StateTrack

Introducing the AAA’s newest member benefit, StateTrack, powered by CQ Roll Call. StateTrack will give AAA members the ability to easily track crucial legislation and regulations in one state or all of them as well as the Federal Government. StateTrack will show you a map of the entire United States. Click on the state you are interested in tracking and you will see a list of all regulations and legislation impacting the following areas: ► Affordable Care Act ► Ambulance ► Community Paramedicine ► EMT ► Medicaid ► Medicare ► Mobile Integrated Health ► Paramedic Click on the key words above to narrow down your search to only legislation and regulations that contain those terms. Members will be able to view the full text of each piece of legislation as well as edits that have been made to the text, bill number, status of the bill and the representative who introduced it. StateTrack will make it easier for AAA members to keep track of legislation and regulations on the state level that could have enormous impacts on their ambulance services. States that are white, are either out of session or do not have any pending legislation or regulations that fall...

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Spotlight: Jerry Glass, Labor Relations Expert

Jerry Glass President F&H Solutions Group Download Jerry’s vcard Follow Jerry @JerryGlass Connect with Jerry on LinkedIn Tell us a little about yourself. I was born and raised in New York City. I went to college at Boston University and then moved to Washington, D.C., to attend George Washington University, where I received my master’s degree. It is also where I met my wife, Karen. We have been married for 36 years, but with all the travel I do, I tell people we have only been together for about 15 years! We have two adult children and one son-in-law. My number one passion is basketball. I live and breathe the sport. I have been playing in a basketball league and enjoying pickup games with a group of guys for more than 30 years. And if you invite me to see a high school, college, or professional basketball game, count me in. Karen and I also love cycling and spinning. We take a cycling trip each summer and have seen some great sites on our bikes. How did you get into labor relations? Can you give us some background on your professional life? When I graduated from GWU, my first job was (more…)

Share News Stories and Press Releases with AAA

AAA members, do you have a great news story or press release to share with fellow members? We’d love to help. Submit links to content published on non-AAA sites below. News articles may be included in the AAA Digest e-newsletter and/or blog. Press releases are accepted as they relate to heroism, community service, merger and acquisition announcements, and other noncommercial activities. Please note that commercially-focused or product-specific press releases cannot be shared by AAA as a matter of policy. Stories can be about your ambulance service, your employees, services near you, policy, or other topics that you feel may be of interest to other members. Thank you for sharing your stories with us! Would you like to write or speak FOR AAA? Read more. Please note that AAA reserves the right to decline to publish any content for any reason. Only AAA members are eligible to submit content.

HUD Program Gives 50% Mortgage Discounts to EMTs & Paramedics

Are you familiar with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Good Neighbor Next Door program? Please share this with your medics, if you haven’t already. Good Neighbor Next Door Law enforcement officers, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, firefighters and How the Program Works Eligible Single Family homes located in revitalization areas are listed exclusively for sale through the Good Neighbor Next Door Sales program. Properties are available for purchase through the program for seven days. How to Participate in Good Neighbor Next Door Check the listings for your state. Follow the instructions to submit your interest in purchasing a specific home. If more than one person submits an offer on a single home a selection will be made by random lottery. You must meet the requirements for a law enforcement officer, teacher, firefighter or emergency medical technician and comply with HUD’s regulations for the program. HUD requires that you sign a second mortgage and note for the discount amount. No interest or payments are required on this “silent second” provided that you fulfill the three-year occupancy requirement.The number of properties available is limited and the list of available properties changes weekly. To learn more, please see our Good Neighbor Sales Frequently (more…)

VIDEO: AAA Experts in Reimbursement, Regulations, Human Resources, Operations

Did you know that your AAA membership includes access to some of the top minds in the ambulance industry today? As the healthcare landscape becomes ever more complex, it’s nice to know you have experts on your side. Watch the video below to learn more about the attorney-consultants that AAA retains in order to ensure our member organizations are ahead of the curve on human resource, reimbursement, legislative, and regulatory issues. Attention, AAA Members! Have a question? Submit it to our experts today! Ask a reimbursement or Medicare question. Ask a human resources or operations question. Not yet a member? Join today to gain access to AAA experts, plus a wealth of other powerful member benefits.

LifeWorks: Helping AAA Member Employees Make Life Work Better

Enhance employee health and engagement by making sure your workforce is aware of the LifeWorks Employee Assistance and Wellness Program. The LifeWorks program is centered around helping your employees achieve work-life balance, improving their productivity and well-being. We all face challenges in life. From finding answers to parenting questions or managing personal finances, to getting help with a relationship or taking care of health issues, LifeWorks offers around the clock fast, free, confidential help. AAA understands that your people are your most valuable asset. Make sure your employees are aware of this resource for fast, confidential help with family, work, money, health and work-life balance issues. Share AAA’s EAP with your team. Download a copy of this flyer to share with your employees: AAA 2016 LifeWorks Information Flyer...

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Welcome to the New AAA Website!

The American Ambulance Association is proud to welcome you to our new site. Although the look and feel of our website have changed, please be assured that all of your favorite AAA resources are still available. Additionally, our new platform will allow us to continue to improve our site over time—please check back frequently for new tools, resources, and benefits. As always, thank you for your support. We look forward to serving you for many years to come. Quick Website Tips Logging In Your existing AAA website login (email address and password) will grant access to the new site. Forgot your password? Reset it instantly through our online system. New to AAA? Create a login! Clearing Cache Does something look a little strange? Your browser may have cached images or material from the old site. To ensure you have the best experience on the new www.ambulance.org, please clear your cache. Here are simple instructions for doing this on popular browsers: Chrome Internet Explorer 10, 9, 8 Firefox Getting Started The AAA Members Center and the AAA Blog are a great places to start exploring the new site. (Not yet a member? Learn more about membership benefits and categories.) Have Questions or Feedback? Please (more…)