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  • September 15, 2016 9:33 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    The Florida Ambulance Association is saddened to report that Barry M. Mogil, former CAAS reviewer and director of communications for Pinellas County, Florida EMS, passed away September 12.

    Our thoughts are with his family. Barry’s contributions to Florida EMS will not be forgotten.

    David C Gross Funeral Home Obituary

    Tampa Bay Times Obituary

  • July 25, 2016 4:47 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    FAA members can now review meeting agendas and minutes on our new Meeting Document Archive page. Login to the site, then select Members>Meeting Documents from the top navigation.

    Questions? Contact faa@the-aaa.org for help!

  • July 13, 2016 1:14 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the New FAA Board, elected July 13, 2016 at the Orlando Membership Meeting

    Please welcome:

    • President Walter Eismann, COO, American Ambulance (LinkedIn)
    • Vice President John Peterson, CAO, Sunstar (LinkedIn, Resume)
    • Secretary Terence Ramotar, Regional Director, American Medical Response (LinkedIn)
    • Treasurer Holly Martin, Billing Supervisor, Nature Coast EMS (LinkedIn)
    • Immediate Past President Alan Skavroneck, Ambitrans 

    A big thank you to Dave Dyal, John Glover, and Mark Postma, our departing board members.

    See pictures of the new and former board on the FAA Facebook page!

  • July 12, 2016 8:08 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Yesterday, more than 45 FAA members gathered in Orlando for the FAA 2016 Annual Workshop. Topics covered included:

    • Brian Choate, "Reimbursement: Changing Payor Behavior"
    • Mike Hall, "Community Paramedicine Reimbursement and Sustainability"
    • Mike Hall, "Federal Update"
    • John Peterson & Malachi White, "Paramedic Recruitment & Retention"
    • Mark Postma, "CAAS GVS Standards"
    • Alan Skavroneck, "Florida Medicaid Update"
    • Brian Werfel, "Medicare & Revalidation Update"

    Slide Presentations

    FAA members can now download the slide presentations from this event in the Member Resource Library (login required).

    Event Photos

    Have you "Liked" FAA on Facebook yet? Like the Florida Ambulance Association page to check out some great photos from yesterday's event!

  • 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 .


    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.


    (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!