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4/24/17

In honor of Earth Day (April 22, 2017) Crestline Coach released a Crestline Reduce, Reuse, Remount video!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFYr_enl7xA&feature=youtu.be

Remounting is an excellent, environmentally responsible and economical solution. Crestline’s product is designed with remount-ability in mind.  Having the option to remount the box onto a new chassis not only saves money but extends the life of each unit.  A typical ambulance will be on the road anywhere from 5 – 7 years. Having the option to remount the box extends its life.  

 

4/4/17

 

SaveMIHeart Coming to Livingston County. 

 

7/11/16

 

 

 

1/4/16

 

CONTACT:                                                                                            Cheryl Ronk, CAE

                         Michigan Society of Association Executives

517-332-6723

 

 

Angela Madden Named Executive Director of the

 Michigan Association of Ambulance Services

 

Angela Madden, of Mason, Michigan has been named Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services (MAAS). In her role as executive director, Madden will monitor the association’s activities to protect its not-for-profit status and compliance with anti-trust laws; grow membership; and promote MAAS to potential members and business partners. MAAS is a non-profit association in Michigan and serves as the resource and advocate for ambulance services in the state.  

 

Madden has ties to the industry with experience in advocacy and government relations. She has a fifteen year career in a variety of state and national 501 (c) 6 trade associations. She spent the last two years as the Departmental Legislative Manager for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, office of Legislative Services. There she was responsible for coordinating department policy, providing leadership on legislative goals and objectives and developing a strategic passage of legislation pieces. Prior to that position she was the Director of Legislative and Political Affairs at the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association (MBWWA). At the MBWWA, Madden organized the association’s public relations and grassroots volunteer engagement programs while managing the industry’s legislative issue portfolio.

 

She will utilize her background as an experienced policy professional to lead this state organization.  Madden graduated from Michigan State University and then obtained her Masters of Public Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Madden plans to make the most of her abilities to work collaboratively with the Board of Directors to provide sustainability and growth for the association.

 

The MAAS Search Committee was chaired by Dale Berry of Huron Valley Ambulance in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “The MAAS Search Committee was tasked with choosing the best candidate for this position from many competent applicants,” Berry said. “MAAS thanks everyone who applied for the position, and we’re confident that we have a resilient leader who will make MAAS the continued advocate for ambulance services in Michigan.” The search committee included Ken Cummings, Tri-Hospital EMS, David Curtis, Superior Ambulance, Mark Meijer, Life EMS and Denise Landis, UM-Survival Flight.

 

MAAS is ecstatic to have found a knowledgeable leader in Angela Madden. MAAS is excited to see what the future will bring under Angela’s guidance.



10/9/15

Click here to read an important message from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services regarding ICD-10.


10/7/15

SAVE THE DATE!
2016 EMS EXPO
Thursday, April 21-
 Saturday, April 23
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Acme, MI

  

 

9/8/15

Are you interested in serving on the MAAS Board of Directors?
Nominations are now being accepted!

 

The MAAS Nominations Committee is seeking interested MAAS members who wish to serve in a leadership role on the MAAS Board of Directors.  There are currently several positions available for election including President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and 9 Regional Representative positions (Region 1, Region 2N, Region 2S, Region 3, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7, Region 8, Region 9- Air Ambulance), each with a two year term. 

In order to run for a Regional Representative position,
your ambulance service must be within the Region that you are seeking a position in.

The terms are January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018.  The Election of the Directors will take place at the annual meeting in December by the MAAS members in attendance. 

All interested candidates should email Jack Fisher, MAAS Director at Large and Chair of the Nominations Committee at jfisher@medic1ambulance.org by 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.  Please include a biography and head shot with your email.

Thank you!

MAAS Office




4/2/15

Member Alert

Supreme Court Rules That Providers Can't Sue State Medicaid Agencies Over Rates 

Click here to read the entire article from Modern Healthcare.  

 

 

3/26/15

House Votes in Favor of Permanent Doc Fix, Bill Moves to the Senate
 

This afternoon, MAAS received word from the American Ambulance Association (AAA) that the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 2, doing away with Medicare’s sustainable growth-rate formula and passing a permanent doc fix.  The 392-37 vote was overwhelmingly bipartisan.  As we reported on March 24, thanks to our champions on Capitol Hill, a 33-month extension of the temporary Medicare ambulance increases was included in the bill.  If enacted, the bill would extend the deadline for expiration of Medicare ambulance relief from March 31 until December 31, 2017.

The Senate still needs to pass the bill and is working on a short time-line before they adjourn for recess.  Senate Republicans and Democrats have expressed concerns about different aspects of the bill so it is unclear whether the chamber will consider H.R. 2 before it recesses.  It is also uncertain if Congress would pass a short-term extension to give the Senate more time or if CMS would be required to formalize its 14-day claim hold policy should H.R. 2 not be enacted before March 31.

In addition to Medicare ambulance relief, the package also includes language from the Protecting Integrity of Medicare Act (H.R. 1021) expanding the current prior authorization pilot programs on repetitive BLS non-emergency ambulance transports in South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Starting in January 2016, the bill would expand the programs to Delaware, DC, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia.  The program would then expand nationwide starting in January 2017. 
 

 

3/25/15

House SGR Repeal Package Contains Ambulance Relief Extension


This afternooon, MAAS received communication from the American Ambulance Association (AAA) that the House Republican and Democratic leadership released the complete package (H.R. 2) for a permanent fix to the physician fee schedule.  AAA through their champions on Capitol Hill were successful in getting a 33-month extension of the temporary Medicare ambulance increases included in the bill.  If enacted, the bill would extend the deadline for expiration of Medicare ambulance relief from March 31 until December 31, 2017.

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 2 on either Thursday or Friday prior to adjourning for the two-week Easter recess.  The bill is currently expected to pass the House with bipartisan support.   Senate Republicans and Democrats have expressed concerns about different aspects of the bill so it is unclear whether the chamber will consider H.R. 2 before it recesses.  It is also unclear if Congress would pass a short-term extension to give the Senate more time or if CMS would be required to formalize its 14-day claim hold policy should H.R. 2 not be enacted before March 31.

The package also includes language from the Protecting Integrity of Medicare Act (H.R. 1021) expanding the current prior authorization pilot programs on repetitive BLS non-emergency ambulance transports in South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Starting in January 2016, the bill would expand the programs to Delaware, DC, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia.  The program would then expand nationwide starting in January 2017.

The AAA continues to push for the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act (S. 377, H.R. 745).  S. 377 and H.R. 745 would make the current temporary Medicare ambulance increases permanent and place our industry in a strong position moving forward for data-driven reforms to the ambulance fee schedule.  S. 377 and H.R. 745 would also address fraud and abuse with repetitive BLS non-emergency dialysis transports.  While a similar program to the current pilot programs, the prior authorization within S. 377 and H.R. 745 would apply only to dialysis transports and would institute additional safeguards to ensure timely prior authorization for medically necessary transports.

We will keep you posted of new developments.                          

 

 

3/20/15

Call to Action:

Advocate for Permanent Medicare Ambulance Relief

MAAS membership your assistance is being requested.

The U.S. House of Representatives is currently developing a package on a permanent fix to the physician fee schedule.  House Speaker John Boehner recently announced the effort for a permanent fix instead of another extension and the framework of a package is coming together quickly.  It is therefore critical that you contact your members of Congress today in support of permanent ambulance relief.

Please write to your members of Congress and ask that they cosponsor the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act (H.R. 745, S. 377) and support including the language of the bill in a permanent physician fix package.  H.R. 745 and S. 377 would make the current temporary Medicare increases of 2% urban, 3% rural and the super rural bonus payment permanent as well as implement several additional key reforms to the Medicare ambulance fee schedule.

The current extension of the temporary fix to the physician fee schedule and the ambulance increases expire at the end of March.  If a final package comes together, the House could vote the week of March 23 sending a bill to the Senate for consideration.  This package represents our best chance of making the Medicare ambulance increases permanent.

PLEASE SEND A LETTER TO YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Thanks to AAA for allowing the MAAS membership to use their online letter writing tool.  Simply CLICKING HERE and a sample letter will preload and the tool will automatically determine your members of Congress and send them your letters.  It is easy to use and will only take a few minutes.

Please forward this Call To Action to  your employees and other EMS professionals.

For a summary of the talking points click here

For a summary of the bill click here

Thank you in advance for writing to your members of Congress!

 

 

2/27/15

Click here to read the February MAAS newsletter. 

 

2/24/15

NCEMSC Announces Name Change

Now known as Savvik™ Buying Group

North Central EMS Corporation (NCEMSC) announced today that it has changed its name to Savvik Buying Group. The new brand name and identity represent the organization’s enhanced ability to serve its more than 5,000 member customers with purchases of emergency equipment, products and supplies.  A brand new identity accompanies the new name, both of which represent the organization's enhanced services and future plans.

To read the full article, please click here.

 

1/23/15

Click here to read the January MAAS newsletter.

 

12/19/14

I am pleased to report the AAA was successful in convincing the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) to reexamine its methodology for determining zip codes that will change status for 2015. As a result, instead of 3,038 zip codes switching from rural to urban and thus losing the rural one to seventeen 50% mileage bump and the rural additional 1% increase from the temporary add-on payments, a far fewer 1,599 zip codes will switch to urban. Also, 421 zip codes will switch from urban to rural instead of 387 zip codes meaning services provided within an additional 33 zip codes will be eligible for the additional rural reimbursement.

To access a copy of the zip codes that would now change status starting on January 1, 2015, please CLICK HERE. Please note that the first set of zip codes are those shifting from urban to rural with zip codes shifting from rural to urban starting at row 458.
The AAA continues to advocate for a one-year delay in implementation of the 1,599 zip codes that will switch from rural to urban. CMS provided very little notification on the complete number of zip codes that will change for 2015. In its proposed rule, CMS stated only 122 zip codes would lose rural status with 100 zip codes changing from urban to rural. It was not until the final rule was made available in early November did CMS publish an expanded, although incorrect, list of the zip codes that will change. The one-year delay will give ambulance service providers more time to adjust for any loss in reimbursement and will allow the AAA and its members to ensure the new list accurately reflects whether an area is truly urban or rural.

I would like to thank AAA Data Analyst Chris Hogan who identified the error by CMS on the zip codes and who provided them material noting their error and how to correct it. Chris had determined the incorrect zip codes would have cost the ambulance industry $16 million a year in desperately needed Medicare reimbursement and was vigilant about getting the issue resolved.

We will keep you posted of new developments on this important issue.

 

12/16/14

Click here to read December's newsletter. 

 

12/15/14 

Is there someone from your organization that isn't currently receiving MAAS communications via email?  Click here and sign them up! 

  

12/10/14

Bill Grubb of Star EMS was recognized at the McLaren Oakland Foundation's Annual Black Tie Gala Saturday, November 1 for his outstanding contribution to the foundation and the communities it serves.

For more information about his recognition, click here.

 

 

12/8/14 

Congratulations Dale Berry from HVA and MAAS Board member on being recognized as the 2014 AAA Lifetime Achievement award winner!

 

   

 

12/4/14

Election Results

Voting took place at the 2014 Annual Meeting for the four (4) Director At-Large position.

Congratulation to the following candidates on their election to the 2015-2016 term to serve on the MAAS Board of Directors!

Jack Fisher, Jr., Executive Director of Medic 1 Ambulance
Kolby Miller, MBA, PMP, EMT-P, I/C, Chief Executive Officer of Medstar Ambulance
Matt McConnon, Chief Operations Officer of Rockford Ambulance
Jeff White, Director of Emergency Medical Services, Richmond Lenox EMS Ambulance Authority

 

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