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COVID-19 Message from President Aarron Reinert

Aarron Reinert
President
American Ambulance Association

Dear Fellow AAA Members,

I write to you today during what we all recognize as an extraordinary time for EMS. As we collectively serve on the very front lines of the COVID-19 epidemic, we know that the most challenging times are still ahead. However, I am heartened by the collective resolve of the members of the American Ambulance Association to provide 24/7 on-demand mobile healthcare, no matter the circumstances.

As President of the Association, I am sharing below a brief summary of the AAA’s activities to support its members in the face of this devastating disease.

COVID-19 Content & Approach

  • Coronavirus Working Group—AAA Region III Director Tom Tornstrom, Executive Director of Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, has been appointed to lead the AAA Coronavirus Working Group. The team includes AAA’s lobbyists, leadership, staff, and members from across the nation. We meet frequently and collaborate constantly to track challenges and find solutions to EMS issues relating to COVID-19 response. Sample topics include:
    • First responder safety and wellness
    • Reimbursement for alternative destinations, treatment in place, and mobile testing
    • Paperwork reduction / waivers
    • Advocating for policies in federal legislation that support mobile healthcare and redacting those that can negatively impact the industry

Members will receive updates via our Digest e-newsletter as we continue to make progress on these and other issues.

  • Representation in Stakeholder Groups—From CMS to Congress to local mayors, AAA has representatives and members working with legislators, regulators, and officials at every level of government to advocate for EMS. Simultaneously, AAA leaders are working to showcase mobile healthcare’s unique strengths and capabilities for addressing the viral threat.
  • Member Newsletter—The frequency of our member Digest e-newsletter has been increased from weekly to near-daily to ensure that we are curating and communicating the most relevant and important information.
  • COVID-19 Archive—All AAA posts related to the virus can be found on our website. A COVID-19 resource link has been added to the top navigation of the AAA website for easy access by providers.

Association Events & Operations

  • Stars of Life—Out of an abundance of caution, the Stars of Life event in Washington has been canceled. All blocked rooms will be canceled and refunded by the hotel, and all attendee registration fees will be refunded by diflucan. Staff is working on the development of meaningful ways to celebrate 2020 Stars outside of the context of an in-person event.
  • Ambulance Cost Education (Cost Collection)—A plan is in place to move ACE Gold cost collection education from face-to-face to an interactive online learning environment. Subscribers can expect additional updates in early April.
  • Headquarters—Association staff is all working remotely whenever possible. Staff is adhering to strict health, hygiene, and social distancing. All order fulfillment, mail processing, and other functions have been moved offsite.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to staff at info@ambulance.org or 202-802-9020 if we can be of any assistance. Thank you again for your service to your communities during this very difficult time.

Aarron Reinert
President, American Ambulance Association

2020 Stars of Life Canceled Due to COVID-19

On the afternoon of March 16, 2020, the American Ambulance Association board regretfully voted to cancel the 2020 Stars of Life. This action was taken out of an abundance of caution given the current COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will be contacted with additional information within the next few days.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

2019 AAA Legislative Awards

The American Ambulance Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 AAA Legislative Awards, in recognition of their strong advocacy for emergency medical services. Each legislator was chosen for their ongoing dedication to the ambulance services across the United States.

2019 AAA Legislator of the Year

Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL)

2019 AAA Legislative Recognition Award Recipients

Senators

  • Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D.
  • Senator Susan M. Collins
  • Senator Chuck Grassley
  • Senator Doug Jones
  • Senator Patrick J. Leahy
  • Senator Pat Roberts
  • Senator Charles E. Schumer
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow
  • Senator Jon Tester
  • Senator John Thune
  • Senator Ron Wyden

Representatives

  • Representative Earl Blumenauer
  • Representative Rosa DeLauro
  • Representative Debbie Dingell
  • Representative Richard Hudson
  • Representative Darin LaHood
  • Representative Markwayne Mullin
  • Representative Richard E. Neal
  • Representative Devin Nunes
  • Representative Steve Scalise
  • Representative Scott Tipton
  • Representative Fred Upton
  • Representative Greg Walden
  • Representative Peter Welch
  • Representative Lee Zeldin

Representative Terri Sewell To Receive Highest Legislative Honor From American Ambulance Association

Washington, DC – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will honor Representative Terri Sewell with its Legislator of the Year Award in recognition of her advocacy for emergency medical services.

Representative Sewell is scheduled to receive this honor at the AAA’s Annual Stars of Life Awards Ceremony on June 25 in Washington, D.C.

The Stars of Life program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession. The Stars of Life program pays tribute to the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 107 EMS professionals will be honored as 2019 Stars of Life. In addition to Representative Sewell’s recognition as 2019 Legislator of the Year, 25 United States Senators and Representatives will receive Legislative Recognition Awards for their support of ambulance services.

Representative Sewell was selected for the Legislator of the Year Award in recognition  for helping lead the effort that secured a five-year extension of the Medicare ambulance temporary add-on increases of 2% urban and 3% urban and the super rural bonus payment. Representative Sewell also ensured that other key provisions for the industry were included in the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act. Representative Sewell continues to go above and beyond to ensure that EMS in Alabama and across the country, receive sustainable reimbursement.

AAA President Aarron Reinert notes, “Representative Sewell has been a trusted advocate for emergency medical services, both in Alabama and across our country. The AAA is honored to present her with the distinction of Legislator of the Year Award.”

Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, Representative Sewell is her fifth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. Representative Sewell sits on the exclusive House Ways and Means Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Representative Sewell has carried out her longstanding commitment to healthcare issues through her work as the Vice-Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee Subcommittee on Health.

In recognition of her ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to call Representative Sewell our Legislator of the Year.