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Press Release | EMERGICON Garners Two Awards for Fast-Growing, Private Companies

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EMERGICON Garners Two Awards for Fast-Growing, Private Companies 

Dallas 100 and Inc. 5000 Texas recognize premier ambulance billing service provider 

 

(TERRELL, TX – March 31, 2021) – EMERGICON, Texas’ largest ambulance billing provider, has been named to two award lists that recognize the fastest-growing, privately held organizations. The company placed:

 

The company growth was further evident in Fall 2020 with EMERGICON’s relocation and expansion of its headquarters to Terrell, Texas. The 15,000-sf facility now houses some 85+ employees.

 

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our fast growth by two well-respected award programs in Texas in the same year,” says EMERGICON’s Founder and CEO Christopher Turner, MHA. “More so, the awards mean that we are being effective in helping EMS providers and Fire Departments in Texas improve their emergency medical billing process and increase their patient reimbursements.”

 

Turner continues, “We’re fanatical about building a great culture and serving Texas EMS providers’ greater mission. The entire team at EMERGICON shares the belief that service comes first, as we support the first responders who save lives and the patients who needed that help in an emergency.”

 

The Dallas 100 awards, presented by the SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, ranks the top 100 fastest-growing, privately owned businesses in the DFW Metroplex. The 2020 award ranking was based on company revenues over the three-year period from 2017 to 2019.

 

The Inc. 5000 Regional awards, presented by Inc. Magazine, rank the top 250 fastest-growing private companies in Texas from 2017-2019. Over that period, EMERGICON experienced a 50% growth rate. The company was previously recognized on the Inc. 5000 national lists in 2020 and 2019.

 

ABOUT EMERGICON 

As the largest Texas-owned and Texas-based emergency medical services billing company, EMERGICON provides a better solution for processing ambulance billing claims. The company provides a human-based approach to claims management which results in better cash collections and fewer patient complaints than automated services. Founded in 2006, its team is dedicated to compliance, provider reimbursement, and customer service. Learn more at www.emergicon.com or visit its sister company EMERGIFIRE at www.emergifire.com.

The AAA Public Relations Campaign Continues

AAA has once again teamed up with Mercury Public Affairs to run a public affairs campaign to ensure that Emergency First Responders are not forgotten by Congress.

For this campaign, our key message is as follows:

America’s front-line first responders, including paramedics, EMTs, and critical care nurses, are the very first medical professionals seen by all citizens that access healthcare using the 9-1-1 system.

 Surpisingly, Washington has forgotten all about them as the virus spreads, and our emergency response providers are being infected with COVID-19. Ambulance services are the public health and safety net for our country, but they have only gotten one tenth of the relief they are owed. Some are even being forced to shut down operations in communities across our country.

 Ambulance services have also been treating more and more patients at home for ailments like diabetes and asthma because emergency rooms are full. They have not been reimbursed for these critical services.


To take action and participate in this campaign, please visit the American Ambulance Association Action page.

Public Affairs Campaign

We have worked with our government relations team to identify the following Senators as the focus of our campaign:

  • Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
  • Todd Young (R-IN)
  • Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
  • Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • Steve Daines (R-MT)
  • John Cornyn (R-TX)

News Coverage

In addition to the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, this effort has yielded even more news coverage:

Fear of Hospitals Driving Changes for Ambulance Pay in Medicare

May 29, 2020 in   Bloomberg Government

“Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has been discussing with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) how Medicare can reimburse ambulance services for “treat in place” services, a Cassidy spokesman confirmed in an emailed response to a question.”

Ambulance services getting crushed by being roped into virus response

May 25, 2020 in the Washington Examiner

“In an effort to combat hospital overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic, states have required ambulances to treat patients at home if possible. Yet Medicare only reimburses ambulances when they transport a patient to a hospital, and most private insurers follow Medicare’s lead. This Catch-22 has cut deeply into ambulance companies’ revenues during the pandemic.”

Yonkers ambulance company seeks Medicare payment for treat-at-home calls

June 16, 2020
By: Jonathan Lamantia and Jennifer Henderson in Crain’s Health Pulse New York

During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, New York’s ambulance companies increasingly found themselves treating lower-acuity patients at their homes rather than bringing them to overcrowded hospitals.

Empress EMS, a Yonkers-based ambulance company that covers parts of New York City and the Hudson Valley, provided about 1,200 treat-in-place visits during one 30-day period at the height of the crisis, including helping more than 300 individuals who were in cardiac arrest, said Hanan Cohen, Empress’s director of corporate development, mobile integrated health care and community paramedicine.

But none of the visits were reimbursable by Medicare, which Cohen estimates cost Empress more than $700,000 during that 30-day span.

Medicare shouldn’t make ground ambulance services take a financial hit for providing at-home care

June 29, 2020 By: Hanan Cohen STAT

Hanan Cohen is a paramedic and director of corporate development at Empress EMS, a partner of PatientCare EMS Solutions, which operates in New York in the Bronx and Westchester County.

 Balance of Power: Gen. McChrystal, Rep. Hill

July 1, 2020

By: David Westin on Bloomberg Radio (Interview begins around 54:12)

Hanan Cohen interviewed by David Westin, one of the network’s most prominent anchors and the former president of ABC News.

The program is syndicated across 300 stations in the US, including leading news radio stations in major cities from coast to coast. In addition, it is heard nationally on Sirius XM.

 

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MedStar PR Guru’s 5 Best Practices for Media Appearances

If you attended AAA’s 2015 Annual Conference & Tradeshow, there is a good chance you participated in our Becoming Irreplaceable Community and Media Relations Boot Camp. This session, presented by MedStar Mobile Healthcare’s Matt Zavadsky, covered proven strategies to become a partner in your community. Today, Matt put pen to paper over at EMS1 and shared 5 best practices for media appearances by EMS chiefs and field personnel.

Reporters will LOVE you if you incorporate their question into your answer. This allows them to take the sound bite they are looking for without having to dub in their question to make it understandable for the viewer or listener.

Read the full article at EMS1!

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Spotlight: Matt Zavadsky

Matt Zavadsky
Fort Worth, TX, USA
Public Affairs Director, MedStar Mobile Healthcare

Tell us a little about yourself, please.

Originally from Connecticut and have lived in Lincoln, NE; Augusta, GA; Orlando & Daytona Beach, FL; Lacrosse, WI and now Fort Worth in the Republic of Texas since 2008. Married to my best friend, Tessa, and we each have grown children, and one grandchild (so far!). Aside from doing what I love at work, Tessa and I are avid Harley Davidson Riders (“it’s not a motorcycle, it’s a lifestyle”). We also do a lot of volunteer work with the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders and the Fort Worth Police Code Blue Citizen’s on Patrol program. I’m also a licensed amateur radio operator and certified storm spotter working with the Tarrant County (TX) Radio Amateur’s in Emergency Service (RACES) program.

How did you come to work in the industry? How long have you been involved?

My dad died suddenly in 1979. The hometown Trumbull, Connecticut volunteer ambulance crew that came to help him so impressed me that I signed up to volunteer the week he died. I started as a “driver” at age 17 and was originally trained in a High-Top Cadillac ambulance (the best unit I ever worked in!).

aaa emt membershipWhat do you enjoy most about your job?

Two things. First, making a difference! Whether you are an EMT, Paramedic, EMD, billing specialist, maintenance tech, logistics tech, scheduler, whatever—what we do MATTERS in people’s lives. Second, is the innovation occurring in the healthcare system, and the role the ambulance industry is now playing in the healthcare system every day, literally! The ability for us to define and redefine our profession’s future is an incredible in the environment we are in today!

What is your biggest professional challenge?

Keeping up with the rapid pace of change in the healthcare environment AND helping others see the future. There are a handful of leaders in our profession who can truly see the opportunity that lies ahead of us and are daring enough to take the risk to do something totally different. At the same time, helping our own folks, the people who really matter at the patient contact level, understand how important they are to our future as an industry.

What is your typical day like?

Up at 3:10 a.m., workout with Tessa at the MedStar gym, in the office by 6:00 a.m. to get more done before 8:00 a.m. than I’ll get done the rest of the day. Run from meeting to meeting to community events, in between try to get projects done until I leave for home at 6ish to finish up emails in the evening…

How has participation in AAA membership and advocacy helped your organization?

The education and communication is invaluable. The daily happenings updates, the education at events like the Annual Conference and Tradeshow, combined with the collaborative work with committees for things like government affairs, professional standards and reimbursement reform is invaluable. The ideas shared by visionary entrepreneurs that do this work every day helps make our profession stronger, both locally and nationally.