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AAA E-Books Are Now Free to Members!


Did you know? All American Ambulance Association PDF E-Books are now free to members! This $1000+ value is yet another way that AAA is delivering value through membership.

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Savvik: New Programs and Deals

Savvik has awarded several new contracts recently that can assist AAA members in purchasing the supplies they need for operations. With hundreds of core vendors, Savvik Buying Group serves over 12,000 agencies in the United States and has outstanding contracts with reputable vendors. Savvik is dedicated to improving the general well-being of the public safety industry as a whole while providing Savvik members with quality products and services at the industry’s best prices. Several of these vendors are Covid-related and have products in stock, ready to ship.

New products include: 

  Prevent Active-Defense Cleaner

  • PREVNT™ cleans and prepares the surface for the application of our EPA registered disinfectant FRESCH™
  • Designed to continually clean for up to 90 days through photocatalysis.
  • Long-lasting, active cleaning without published negative repercussions of Quaternary Ammonium products.
  • Titanium dioxide (TiO₂) nanotechnology is an active naturally occurring oxide and is the key ingredient in PREVNT™. It has a wide range of applications, including as a paint pigment, sunscreen ingredient, and food additive.
  • Water-based formula, transparent and designed for a wide variety of everyday surfaces.

 

Savvik Deals:

The Savvik Perks merchant network offers organizations a powerful way to make an impact with their customers and members. It combines the power of over 900 world-class brands with the relevance of local merchants from every community in America.

Savvik’s collection of over 700,000 in-store locations offers unparalleled value of 10-50% in savings at the places consumers shop every day, in categories like:

  • Dining & Food
  • Apparel
  • Electronics
  • Hotel & Travel
  • Car Rental
  • Movie Tickets
  • Theme Parks
  • Sporting Events
  • Auto Care
  • And more…

View Savvik Deals

Registration Code: SavvikPerks

 

 

New Benefit | Credit Card Fee Class Action Settlement

Dear AAA Members:

As you may know, there is a class action lawsuit pending in the U.S. alleging Visa, MasterCard and their member banks engaged in anticompetitive practices. The case, Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement, alleges activity that includes collusion which artificially inflated the interchange fee that all AAA members paid to accept Visa and MasterCard branded credit cards. The proposed settlement provides that any merchant that accepted Visa and MasterCard credit cards at any time between January 1, 2004 and January 25, 2019 will be entitled to participate in the $5.54 billion-dollar settlement

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Class Action Refund has over 17 years of experience in managing complex claims and is an innovator of a niche service that specializes in the recovery of antitrust settlements for businesses, which includes large organizations like the AAA. Class Action Refund can ease the burden of self-filing. The life cycle of a claim can take several years to settle and may require various types of documentation and correspondence with the claims administrator in order to substantiate the claim. Class Action Refund will manage the entire filing process and inform you of milestones as necessary, so that you may stay focused on your core business. Additionally, there are NO OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS TO AAA MEMBERS. Class Action Refund will reduce its normal 33% contingency fee of funds recovered to 25% for AAA members.  If no recovery is made, then no fee is charged.

Any member interested in availing themselves of Class Action Refund’s recovery management services, for the Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement can quickly and easily sign up below!

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Mr. Hugh Bellingreri, Senior Account Manager, is the contact person for members. Please call Hugh directly at 914-630-5116, or you can reach him by email at hbellingreri@classactionrefund.com with any questions. 

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Disclaimer: No claim forms are available at this time, and no claim-filing deadline exists. No-cost assistance will be available from the Class Administrator and Class Counsel during any claims-filing period. No one is required to sign up with any third-party service in order to participate in any settlement. For additional information regarding the status of the litigation, interested persons may visit www.paymentcardsettlement.com, the Court-approved website for this case.

8/13–8/14 | Savvik Partnership Palooza Expo

This unique online event is the culmination of partnerships and working together for the good of all. On August 13 and 14, Savvik Buying Group along with its partners will be hosting a two-day virtual event that will provide EMS continuing education hours, a virtual trade show, networking opportunities, and prizes! The education will be presented in partnership with CareerCert, Savvik Group Buying partners will participate in the tradeshow, and association partners will invite EMS professionals to attend the event in order to support a revenue share back to their associations.

FREE CONTINUING EDUCATION 12 hours to help fulfill re-certification requirements for any state or for NR re-certification provided by CareerCert

EXPLORE OUR VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL to learn more about the latest products and services.

PRIZES! Visiting booths = more chances to win awesome prizes.

NETWORKING with attendees and vendors live through chat rooms and meet other EMS professionals from around the country.

HELP SUPPORT YOUR EMS ASSOCIATION participating associations gets a revenue share by you attending the event and visiting vendors.

Register Now for Free

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 is also focused on training for EAP organizations, Professional Clinicians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Doctors, Social Workers, Marriage Counselors, Chaplains, and those dedicated to helping EMS and firefighters. FBHA is the only organization in the U.S. which tracks and validates all FF and EMS suicides.

Auto Parts Settlement: Ends June 18!

Auto Parts Settlement Deadline Extended to June 18. Act  Now to  Ensure You Aren’t Left Out!

AAA and Class Action Refund are pleased to announce that we have partnered to assist members in the Automotive Parts Settlement. As you may know, there is a class action lawsuit pending in the U.S. alleging that dozens of parts manufacturers conspired to fix, maintain, and artificially raise the price of motor vehicle component parts. As a result of the defendants’ alleged conduct, businesses and consumers who purchased or leased new vehicles (not for resale) containing those parts or who indirectly purchased replacement parts (not for resale) from the Defendants may have paid more than they should have. The proposed settlement provides $1.2 Billion in settlement funds to purchasers and lessees for qualified vehicles from 1990 to 2019 in the qualified states below.

Arizona
Arkansas
California
District of Columbia
Florida
Hawaii
Iowa
Kansas
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan

Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina

North Dakota
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Class Action Refund has developed certain proprietary software that identifies the parts eligible for refund from your leased vehicle VIN numbers. They are well qualified to make sure that you obtain the maximum restitution that you are entitled to receive under the settlement. Class Action Refund has over 17 years of experience in managing complex claims, specializes in the recovery of antitrust settlements for businesses and can ease the burden of self-filing. Please understand that the life cycle of a claim can take several years to settle and may require various types of documentation and correspondence with the settlement claims administrator in order to substantiate the claim. Class Action Refund will manage the entire filing process and inform you of milestones as necessary, so that you may stay focused on your core business.

Additionally, there are NO OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS TO AAA MEMBERS. Class Action Refund will reduce its normal 33% contingency fee of funds recovered to 25% for AAA members. If no recovery is made, then no fee is charged.

Any member interested in availing themselves of Class Action Refund’s recovery management services, for the Automotive Parts Settlement can quickly and easily sign up by entering this URL into their browser: https://info.classactionrefund.com/112.

Complete the Short Sign-Up Form

Mr. Hugh Bellingreri, Account Manager, is the contact person for AAA members. Please call Hugh directly at 914-630-5116 or you can reach him by email at hbellingreri@classactionrefund.com with any questions.

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.

New Benefit: Kindercare Discount & Priority Placement

AAA understands that EMS staff often experience significant challenges securing quality, reliable childcare, and that these challenges have been exacerbated by school and daycare closures caused by COVID-19. We are here to help!

The American Ambulance Association is proud to share that we have partnered with Kindercare to offer EMS providers priority childcare placement as well as a 10% discount on tuition. Please share this information with your staff! Visit www.kindercare.com/aaa for full details.

Kindercare Locations

AAA member employee families receive priority placement at all 1600 Kindercare centers, including the 400 Essential Care Centers that remain open during the pandemic.

Childcare Services & Age Range

AAA member employees save 10% on full-time, part-time, and drop-in tuition for children ages six weeks to 12 years at any KinderCare Learning Center or Champions before- and after-school sites nationwide.

Existing  Kindercare Families

This offer is available to new families as well as those already enrolled in a participating center.

Tuition Discount Guide

  1. Search for a center or site that is near you (Search Essential Centers Open During COVID-19 | Search All Centers, Including Those Currently Closed)
  2. Schedule a tour of the center or site online or by phone with the center information provided.
  3. When you enroll (or if you’re already enrolled), let your Center Director know you are a member of American Ambulance Association and that you are eligible for a 10% tuition benefit.
  4. Your Center Director will apply the discount on your next billing cycle.

 

Auto Part Settlement: Act Now!

Auto Parts Settlement Deadline Extended. Act  Now to  Ensure You Aren’t Left Out!

AAA and Class Action Refund are pleased to announce that we have partnered to assist members in the Automotive Parts Settlement. As you may know, there is a class action lawsuit pending in the U.S. alleging that dozens of parts manufacturers conspired to fix, maintain, and artificially raise the price of motor vehicle component parts. As a result of the defendants’ alleged conduct, businesses and consumers who purchased or leased new vehicles (not for resale) containing those parts or who indirectly purchased replacement parts (not for resale) from the Defendants may have paid more than they should have. The proposed settlement provides $1.2 Billion in settlement funds to purchasers and lessees for qualified vehicles from 1990 to 2019 in the qualified states below.

Arizona
Arkansas
California
District of Columbia
Florida
Hawaii
Iowa
Kansas
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan

Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina

North Dakota
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Class Action Refund has developed certain proprietary software that identifies the parts eligible for refund from your leased vehicle VIN numbers. They are well qualified to make sure that you obtain the maximum restitution that you are entitled to receive under the settlement. Class Action Refund has over 17 years of experience in managing complex claims, specializes in the recovery of antitrust settlements for businesses and can ease the burden of self-filing. Please understand that the life cycle of a claim can take several years to settle and may require various types of documentation and correspondence with the settlement claims administrator in order to substantiate the claim. Class Action Refund will manage the entire filing process and inform you of milestones as necessary, so that you may stay focused on your core business.

Additionally, there are NO OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS TO AAA MEMBERS. Class Action Refund will reduce its normal 33% contingency fee of funds recovered to 25% for AAA members. If no recovery is made, then no fee is charged.

Any member interested in availing themselves of Class Action Refund’s recovery management services, for the Automotive Parts Settlement can quickly and easily sign up by entering this URL into their browser: https://info.classactionrefund.com/112.

Complete the Short Sign-Up Form

Mr. Hugh Bellingreri, Account Manager, is the contact person for AAA members. Please call Hugh directly at 914-630-5116 or you can reach him by email at hbellingreri@classactionrefund.com with any questions.

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 24/7 to request an onsite CISM counselor at AAA’s expense.

Download the PDF version here

                                                     

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 their service area or the mileage edits that they use.

A copy of the Transmittal can be obtained at: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2017Downloads/R236BP.pdf

ALS Assessment

The same Transmittal made two changes to the CMS definition of “ALS Assessment”, as listed in the Benefit Policy Manual, 100-02, Chapter 10, section 30.1.1, as follows:

1. Assuming the ALS assessment is performed and meets the definition, this section now states that the services provided by the supplier or provider “shall” be covered at the ALS emergency level. Previously, the definition indicated the services “may” be covered at the ALS emergency level. This change was needed as some MACs thought they did not have to pay ALS emergency when the ALS assessment is performed in accordance with the definition.

2. The other change was to add to the end of the paragraph “and all other coverage requirements are met”. In other words, aside from providing the ALS assessment in accordance with the definition, there must also be ambulance transportation, the origin/destination requirements are met, the provider/supplier must meet all vehicle and crew requirements, transportation was medically necessary, the ALS assessment was medically necessary, etc.

The effective date for the changes noted above is September 18, 2017.

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 Map

AAA StateTrack

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 under the AAA search criteria.

Please contact Aidan Camas at acamas@ambulance.org if you have any questions.

Spotlight: Jerry Glass, Labor Relations Expert

Jerry Glass
President
F&H Solutions Group
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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 with the Veterans Administration as an analyst. The job required a lot of travel and was really gut wrenching, working with our veterans who had done so much for our country. From there, I worked as a costing/financial analyst for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) which is a trade association and a union. Then, I moved to the Airline Industrial Relations Conference, which served as the labor policy organization for the U.S. scheduled airlines. I started out as the Director of Labor Relations Research and was promoted to Executive Director and Vice President. After 9 years in that job, I went out on my own as a labor and employee relations consultant. The rest was history as I built my consultancy into a national labor relations and HR consulting firm, F&H Solutions Group.

In addition to running my firm, I also served as the Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer at US Airways during the airline’s two bankruptcies. Wow, did I learn a lot about restructurings! Thankfully, the airline not only survived, but eventually became part of the largest airline in the world.

I have been fortunate to have an amazing team working with me. Together, we provide labor relations advice and negotiations expertise to many of the most important industries in the country, including transportation, construction, property management, media and more.

How have you seen labor relations issues impact business?

[quote_right]”People involved in labor relations must be great communicators and even better listeners.”[/quote_right]Employees are a huge part of an organization’s success. When unions represent employees, it adds a level of complexity to how you manage employees. People involved in labor relations must be great communicators and even better listeners. Labor relations has an impact on a company’s bottom line and it is crucial for employers to tread carefully, work cooperatively, and be proactive when dealing with unions.

How can FHSG help AAA members with their labor relations issues?

We would like to help members understand the dynamics involved in labor-management relations. Whether it’s learning how to communicate effectively with unionized employees, providing research on CBAs in the industry, or understanding the different aspects of a union campaign, we can help you devise a labor strategy. We will offer a free initial consultation to all AAA members. In addition, we will provide insightful blogs and webinars on topics related to labor relations, proactive employee relations and leadership/managerial skills.

Any parting thoughts or last words?

While it is not uncommon for management at newly unionized companies to feel intimidated, it is crucial that management continue to do their jobs and effectively manage employees. Over time, you will learn to work with the union and how to maintain a positive, inclusive and safe workplace culture for your employees. Management cannot allow union activity to disrupt the ability to manage and ensure the integrity of the day to day operation.

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.

  • Submitter Name
  • Link to the content you are submitting for consideration. Note: AAA can't accept Word doc or PDF press releases—please post press releases to your site, then submit the link.
  • Article or press release title
  • Date the article or press release was published
    Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • For news articles, include the name of the newspaper, radio station, magazine, etc. For press releases, note the name of the website where this is published (PR Newswire, your organization's website, etc).

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 emergency medical technicians can contribute to community revitalization while becoming homeowners through HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program. HUD offers a substantial incentive in the form of a discount of 50% from the list price of the home. In return you must commit to live in the property for 36 months as your sole residence.

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 Asked Questions!

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