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  • February 19, 2018 11:41 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Thank you to the many FAA members who worked to encourage legislators to renew the ambulance Medicare add-ons. Per the American Ambulance Association (AAA), these were recently extended through 2022, with the following specific provisions:

    • 5 year extension of the ambulance Medicare add-ons through December 31, 2022, retroactive to January 1, 2018.
    • AAA’s preferred method of Cost data collection that provides flexibility to the Secretary of HHS in developing the system. Consultation with the industry is required so that it strikes the appropriate balance between obtaining meaningful data while not overly burdening or onerously penalizing the ambulance services.
    • The penalty for failing to report required data would be a reduction in payment up to 10% for the year following the year in which the data should have been submitted. AAA objected to the house proposed penalty of up to a year of Medicare payments clawback or withholding of payments. A clause is included to wave the penalty in cases of hardship.
    • A “pay-for” for the 5-year extension of the add-ons with a 13% cut to non-emergent dialysis transports – the AAA had objected to the offset and pushed for a cut targeted to just those entities which abuse the dialysis transport benefit. AAA was successful in reducing the initial cut from 22% to 13%. The AAA is actively working on other pay-for options that would replace the 13% cut with something targeting dialysis fraud and abuse.

    Additionally, thanks to eagle-eyed FAA member Bryan Andrews for the following information! 

    CMS has published an updated fee schedule, and.First Coast Service Option's contractor ID is 09102.  (As of yesterday, it does not appear that FCSO has updated their site.)

    CMS Website Ambulance Page

  • February 02, 2018 9:42 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    This year's Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight EMS Survey received record response. Review the full results in this PDF►

  • January 19, 2018 7:52 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    At yesterday's FAA membership meeting, long-term former board member Chief Dave Dyal received the FAA Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations, Chief Dyal, on your retirement!

    See photos on Facebook>

  • December 20, 2017 11:02 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    The Florida Ambulance Association wishes EMS across our state a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for your service!

  • December 15, 2017 9:06 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    It is with personal regret but deepest warm wishes that I announce the retirement of Florida Ambulance Association President Walt Eismann. Walt served the FAA for decades, and EMS since 1982. We thank him for his guidance, time, and thought over these many years.

    It is a testament to Walt’s excellent governance and leadership that our association can continue to move forward, even in his absence. In accordance with FAA bylaws, as your Vice President I have assumed the role of Interim President until our meeting in Daytona Beach in January. At that time, the membership will discuss this matter further and determine whether to hold a special election that day or wait for the regularly-scheduled elections in July. In the meantime, the FAA board—Immediate Past President Alan Skavroneck, Secretary Terence Ramotar, Treasurer Holly Martin, and myself—continue to work diligently to continue seamless representation of our industry in Tallahassee.

    Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact faa@ambulance.org, or reach out to me directly at jpeterson@sunstarems.com. Thank you for your continued support of the Florida Ambulance Association.

    Learn more about the January Special Membership Meeting►

  • November 22, 2017 1:21 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Happy Thanksgiving to Florida's ambulance services. We thank you for your dedicated service to our communities.

  • November 09, 2017 6:38 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Many thanks to FAA President Walt Eismann as well as Raul Rodriguez and Alissa Garcia of National Health Transport! Walt, Raul, and Alissa visited with the offices of their Senators and Representatives today to advocate for fair reimbursement for ambulance services. 

    View photos of their DC trip on FAA Facebook!

  • November 01, 2017 6:42 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)
    Thanks to a great suggestion from Florida Ambulance Association member Bryan Andrews (Lake EMS), FAA has launched a new Billing & Reimbursement Forum.

    Visit the new Forum today to post questions about ambulance billing, or to respond to questions submitted by your peers. Please be sure to "Subscribe" in order to receive email alerts when new questions or responses are received.

    Need help logging in to the FAA site to access the ForumReset your password here, or contact faa@ambulance.org!

    Thanks so much for your continued support!

  • August 22, 2017 11:17 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    On July 11, 2017, First Coast Service Options presented a webinar for ambulance services. The on-demand recording is now available, in addition to the answers to several follow-up questions.

  • July 27, 2017 8:00 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Following a member survey, the Florida Ambulance Association is proud to announce its support of Senate Bill S.967, the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act of 2017.

    Should you have any questions regarding the bill, please contact acamas@ambulance.org.