CNBC | Why Ambulance Rides Are So Expensive In The United States

Thank you to American Ambulance Association Payment Reform Chair Asbel Montes for eloquently representing the EMS perspective on surprise coverage in this video from CNBC: It’s an open secret in America that calling for an ambulance can be a financial gamble because of surprise bills. There’s no way for patients to know how much an ambulance will cost before they get inside the vehicle, and the final bill can be thousands of dollars. Here’s why ambulances are so expensive in the United States and what can be done to change it.

 EMS.gov | EMS Week Message from Secretary Elaine L. Chao

From EMS.gov: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Thanks EMS Professionals in Recognition of National EMS Week “You are making a tremendous difference for our country,” Secretary Chao says in video message In recognition of National Emergency Medical Services Week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao recorded a video message honoring the people of EMS and their families for their sacrifice and dedication to their communities, especially during this unprecedented pandemic. As the nation marks the 46th National EMS Week, we also recognize the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has supported the advancement of EMS systems since its inception.

 Video: Global Medical Response COVID-19

Global Medical Response  created this video to celebrate the  paramedics, EMTs, nurses, pilots and support teams on front lines of COVID-19 as they continue the tireless work at home and on deployments. Global Medical Response COVID-19 Response – Global Medical Response  

2020 Stars of Life Nominations Are Open!

#StarsofLife | www.stars.ambulance.org | May 4-6, 2020 | Intercontinental Wharf | Washington, DC The American Ambulance Association’s 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 #mobilehealthcare profession. Nominate YOUR rockstars at www.stars.ambulance.org by March 1, 2020!

 Sharing Patient Stories

  EMTs, Paramedics, and Dispatchers touch lives every day. However, ambulance services aren’t always sure how best to showcase their value. Learn how Robert Lawrence of PatientCare Logistics Solutions – Alameda Co. and Matt Zavadsky of MedStar Mobile Healthcare share their teams’ impact with patient stories. #SupportEMS...

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 Video: Ambulance vs Rideshare App

Confused by the media stories recommending that patients travel by rideshare app instead of ambulance? Let us clear up the differences for you! From trauma to stroke to childbirth, highly-trained Paramedics and EMTs save and sustain lives every day. Can even a 5-star Uber driver say that? Watch our video to learn a little more about how mobile healthcare cares for patients.

 Debut of Unit 68 Film Ft. Acadian Ambulance

Unit 68 premiered worldwide on YouTube today. The short film was written and directed by David K. Jarreau, a Paramedic with Acadian Ambulance Service, and features an Acadian ambulance. The film depicts a young boy, Mack, and his experience with a mysterious ambulance that forever changes his life. The film is loosely based on real-life experiences faced by Unit 68 In Baton Rouge, LA. Jarreau stated on Baton Rouge’s Local 33 news that part his motivation to create this film was to address today’s shortage of EMS personnel. He hopes that the film will inspire young viewers to aspire to careers in EMS. Watch the video above, or on YouTube....

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 VIDEO: Support Sustainable EMS Funding

EMS needs your support to survive! Learn from American Emergency Vehicles founder Mark Van Arnam what you can do to advocate for sustainable funding for ambulance services, then visit the AAA Advocacy page to reach out to your elected officials. (AAA is deeply grateful to REV Group, Inc. for developing this video.)

 Ambulance Payment Reform Whiteboard Video

The American Ambulance Association needs your help to build the future of EMS—an innovative industry compensated fairly and recognized appropriately for the critical healthcare it provides. Learn more in the video below, then visit our Payment Reform page to get involved! Ambulance services across the country are struggling to survive in the face of falling reimbursement, short-sighted regulations, and rising costs. EMS providers of all sizes must share critical cost data, meet with legislators, and speak with one voice as we work to surmount these obstacles and position ambulance services for success today and for many years to come.

 Managing Former Peers: Tips for New Supervisors

One of the trickiest transitions in an emergency medical services career is moving from peer to supervisor. The American Ambulance Association’s HR & Operations Consultant, Scott Moore, Esq. shares some tips on redefining relationships with EMTs and Paramedics during the move to management. A must watch for your newer leaders!

 Video: Managing Former Peers—Tips for New Supervisors

A must-watch for your new managers and supervisors! One of the trickiest transitions in am emergency medical services career is moving from peer to supervisor. The American Ambulance Association’s HR & Operations Consultant, Scott Moore, Esq. shares some tips on redefining relationships with the EMTs and Paramedics you now supervise. Have a question for Scott? AAA members, submit your requests today via our HR & Operations Consultation form!

 Video: Employee Feedback Tears & Fears

American Ambulance Association’s human resources expert, Scott Moore, delves into strategies for managing unprofessional responses to the feedback you provide your employees. A must-watch for supervisory and management staff of all levels! Have a question for Scott? AAA members, submit your requests today via our HR & Operations Consultation form!

 Managing EMS Employee Tardiness & Absence

AAA human resources and operations expert Scott Moore, Esq., shares some strategies for effectively managing employee tardiness in your ambulance service. AAA members, do you have a question about an HR or Operations issue? Ask Scott! Access to expert American Ambulance Association consultants is included with your membership.