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  • June 28, 2016 10:55 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    The FAA leadership received the following communication from First Coast on July 20, 2016.

    Dear Florida Ambulance Association:

    First Coast Service Options (First Coast), your Medicare Administrative Contractor for the fee-for-service program in Florida, requests your help communicating important changes to your members to prevent potential loss of revenue to their practice or facility.

    Provider Enrollment Revalidation Cycle 2

    All Medicare Part A and B providers are required to recertify the accuracy of their enrollment information every five years through a process known as revalidation. The initial five year revalidation cycle was completed in 2015 and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began Cycle 2 in March 2016.

    CMS implemented improvements to streamline the revalidation process during Cycle 2. One enhancement is that CMS is establishing due dates with six months of advance notice for when the revalidation application must be received to remain compliant with Medicare’s provider enrollment requirements. CMS posts the due dates for all currently enrolled providers in the Medicare Revalidation Lookup Tool at Data.CMS.gov/revalidation. A due date of “TBD” means that CMS has not set the date yet. Please do not send a revalidation application if there is NOT a listed due date. First Coast will return any unsolicited revalidation applications received earlier than six months before the due date, or when a due date is not yet listed.

    The Revalidation Lookup Tool is updated every 60 days, so we encourage providers to check the tool periodically and respond timely once your due date is established. First Coast is also issuing notices by mail to providers two-three months before the due date.

    An important change for Cycle 2 is that failure to submit a revalidation application will result in possible deactivation of a provider’s Medicare enrollment and billing privileges. Please note other important impacts:

    • If the revalidation application is received, but additional information is requested (through development) and not received within the 30-day timeframe, the provider’s Medicare enrollment will possibly be deactivated
    • Requests for application submission extensions will not be granted
    • Be sure to submit the application fee, if applicable

    Please access the following key resources for additional information:

    This communication is from First Coast’s Provider Outreach and Education department. Please do not contact First Coast Customer Service regarding this email.

  • June 03, 2016 3:16 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)
    First Coast Service Options, MAC for the traditional Medicare program in Florida, asked FAA to share with you the following survey request. Please contact Kimberly.Karnes@fcso.com should you have questions!

    Evaluate First Coast Service Options' services in 10 minutes

    Dear Medicare providers,


    The Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) Satisfaction Indicator (MSI) is the best way to share your opinions of our service directly to CMS. First Coast Service Options is your MAC in Florida. This survey should only take about 10 minutes of your time and helps us understand how we can better service you. For a preview of the survey questions view the MSI Questionnaire on CMS’ website. To take the survey, click on the link below:

    SURVEY LINK: https://cfigroup.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bp9wfwWbjvyXhiJ&MAC=JN - First Coast&MAC_BRNC=9

    If you would like us to contact you about your responses to the 2016 survey send us your name, telephone number and email address to Kim Karnes at elearning@fcso.com. Submitting your contact information is optional and we will only use it to contact you for the purpose of understanding your responses. Thank you for your feedback.

    Also, thank you for your feedback in 2015. You may read about some of our changes here .

    Sincerely,

    First Coast Service Options

  • May 31, 2016 5:40 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    The FAA leadership is excited to announce that nominations for the July board elections are now open!

    New this year, members can submit nominations using our friendly online form.

    NOMINATE NOW

    (To view a list of position descriptions and requirements, please login to the FAA Member Center and review our bylaws.)

    Have questions or need assistance? Contact faa@the-aaa.org!

  • May 31, 2016 4:30 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Thanks to President Skavroneck and Secretary-Treasurer Dyal, an exciting new version of the Florida Ambulance Association's bylaws is ready for member review!

    Please visit the FAA Member Center (login required) to review the current and proposed versions. Discussion will take place at the July 13 FAA membership meeting in Orlando.

  • May 15, 2016 9:16 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Happy EMS Week from the Florida Ambulance Association. Thank you for all that you do for our communities.

    If you are hosting any special activities this week, FAA would love to share photos! Please email faa@the-aaa.org or reply to the forum post requesting pictures.

    Thank you again for your service, and see you in July at the FAA Annual Workshop and membership meeting!


  • May 08, 2016 11:23 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Stay tuned for a link to the 2016 FAA Election Nomination form to submit your nominees for Florida Ambulance Association leadership!

  • February 12, 2016 11:16 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Florida Medicaid Health Care Alert
    February 12, 2016
    Provider Type(s): All

    Rule 59G-4.330, Non-Emergency Transportation Services

    Notice of Proposed Rule

    The Agency for Health Care Administration has scheduled a hearing for Rule 59G-4.330, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), Non-Emergency Transportation Services.

    The workshop is scheduled for March 3, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET at the:

    Agency for Health Care Administration

    2727 Mahan Drive

    Building 3, Conference Room A

    Tallahassee, FL 32308

    There will not be a phone call-in number available.

    Official notice of the public meeting was published in Volume 42, Number 28 of the Florida Administrative Register (FAR) on February 11, 2016. A copy of the notice may be found on the FAR Web site.

    Please note that a preliminary draft of the reference material, if available, will be posted prior to the workshop on our Draft Handbooks, Fee Schedules, and Other Documents Web page.

    Thank you.

    QUESTIONS? FLMedicaidManagedCare@ahca.myflorida.com

    COMPLAINTS OR ISSUES? ON LINE  | CALL 1-877-254-1055

    The Agency for Health Care Administration is committed to its mission of providing "Better Health Care for All Floridians." The Agency administers Florida’s Medicaid program, licenses and regulates more than 45,000 health care facilities and 34 health maintenance organizations, and publishes health care data and statistics at www.FloridaHealthFinder.gov. Additional information about Agency initiatives is available via Facebook (AHCAFlorida), Twitter (@AHCA_FL) and YouTube (/AHCAFlorida).


  • February 12, 2016 11:10 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Florida Medicaid Health Care Alert
    February 12, 2016
    Provider Type(s): All

    Rule 59G-4.015, Emergency Transportation Services

    Notice of Proposed Rule

    The Agency for Health Care Administration has scheduled a hearing for Rule 59G-4.015, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), Emergency Transportation Services.

    The workshop is scheduled for March 3, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET at the:

    Agency for Health Care Administration

    2727 Mahan Drive

    Building 3, Conference Room A

    Tallahassee, FL 32308

    There will not be a phone call-in number available.

    Official notice of the public meeting was published in Volume 42, Number 28 of the Florida Administrative Register (FAR) on February 11, 2016. A copy of the notice may be found on the FAR Web site.

    Please note that a preliminary draft of the reference material, if available, will be posted prior to the workshop on our Draft Handbooks, Fee Schedules, and Other Documents Web page.

    Thank you.

    QUESTIONS? FLMedicaidManagedCare@ahca.myflorida.com

    COMPLAINTS OR ISSUES? ONLINE | CALL 1-877-254-1055

    The Agency for Health Care Administration is committed to its mission of providing "Better Health Care for All Floridians." The Agency administers Florida’s Medicaid program, licenses and regulates more than 45,000 health care facilities and 34 health maintenance organizations, and publishes health care data and statistics at www.FloridaHealthFinder.gov. Additional information about Agency initiatives is available via Facebook (AHCAFlorida), Twitter (@AHCA_FL) and YouTube (/AHCAFlorida).

    Agency for Health Care Administration | 2727 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308 | http://ahca.myflorida.com

  • February 04, 2016 9:22 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    The Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight will conduct a webinar every third Monday of the month. These webinars will allow all interested parties to have a better understanding of the processes of the EMS Section. Below is a schedule for the next six months. Each registration link will provide more information about the topic. 

    If you have any questions regarding training, Please contact Ina Leinas at Ina.leinas@flhealth.gov or by calling 850-245-4440 extension 2752.
  • January 18, 2016 9:32 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    The Florida Ambulance Association has retained law firm Dean Mead to assist with lobbying on several key issues, including the process for the issuance of Certificates Of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCNs). Below is a request from Dean Mead.

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    Dear FAA Members,

    Per our conversation with FAA leaders, we recommend that members of the Association call members of these Committees that represent the area(s) that they work and live in.

    Committees:

    Think regionally when you look at the list, to decide who to call. If you know a legislator on the committee, but they don't represent your area, call them, too. Talk to an aide if you can't talk to the member, which is likely. Follow up with an email. We also ask that you contact all members of your county delegation. However, the first priority is members of the committees.

    After you introduce yourself and your business, the message is this:

    • You are opposed to this legislation as it appears to be attempting a statewide fix to cure a local political dispute.
    • The current system of issuing COPCNs is working fine and as private providers working within this system, we feel that it has been fair.
    • The methods of evaluating COPCNs under current law and ordinance work. They reflect each jurisdiction's unique needs.
    • The bill also creates a new appeal process which would be exclusive to applicants who are currently providing fire rescue services and first response which would preclude private providers from an appeal right they have now.
    • The suggested bill just injects more uncertainty into the process and upsets a system which is working fine, and we oppose it.

    Please leave them with our names, Cari Roth and Martha Edenfield, and the (850)999-4100 phone number, and tell them we'll be following up with them.

    Ask if they have any questions, and please let us know (emails below) of contacts made and if you get any feedback.

    Cari L Roth
    Attorney at Law
    CRoth@deanmead.com
    850-999-4100
    Dean, Mead & Dunbar

    Martha J. Edenfield
    Attorney at Law
    MEdenfield@deanmead.com
    850-999-4100
    Dean, Mead & Dunbar