CMS Data Release Position Statement

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April 17, 2014 On April 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released data describing the number and type of health care services provided by physicians and other health care professionals in 2012. Although extremely different than other health care providers, ambulance services were included in the data release. The American Ambulance Association (more…)


Stretcher Van Transportation

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June 19, 2013 Issue In the 21st century health care environment in the United States, taxpayers and insurers alike constantly seek ways to reduce health care expenditures. In this context, some have proposed that stretcher van transportation be included as a covered benefit under the Medicare Program. AAA Position The American Ambulance Association opposes the (more…)


2013 Response to MedPAC Recommendations

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June 2013 Statement in Response to MedPAC Recommendations Regarding Medicare Payment of Ambulance Services The American Ambulance Association (AAA) appreciates the thoughtful consideration undertaken by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) in crafting its final report on Medicare payment of ambulance services. The AAA particularly appreciates recognition by the Commission that six out of seven (more…)


Medicare Fraud Statement

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May 20, 2013 As the primary association representing ambulance suppliers and providers in the United States, the American Ambulance Association (AAA) condemns Medicare fraud in any form. The AAA is committed to eliminating any improper billing in the Medicare ambulance benefit, and continues to provide education, training, and compliance programs to its members to ensure (more…)


Federal Pricing Restrictions

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Federal Restrictions on Pricing Ambulance Services March 10, 2009 This document is designed to provide an overview of what is required under the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute and the Substantially-in-Excess Rule. Introduction One of the questions that is often raised by ambulance service providers involves legal restrictions on discounting. Healthcare facility principals constantly ask ambulance service (more…)


H5N1 Pandemic Influenza

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February 9, 2006 Issue It is the position of the American Ambulance Association (AAA) that all ambulance service providers have access to the necessary funding and resources to be prepared and plan for the possibility of a Pandemic flu outbreak. As America ‘s first response and safety net, ambulance services across the country must be (more…)


Letter on National Scope of Practice Model (2005)

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January 20, 2005 Ms. Amy Starchville National Association of State EMS Directors 201 Park Washington Court Falls Church, VA 22046-4527 RE: Request for Comments on the National EMS Scope of Practice Model Dear Amy: We appreciate the hard work that the Scope of Practice work group put into the project and thank them for their (more…)


Drug Alteration Policy

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Position on Storage of Medications on Ambulances Issue Ambulance services carry multiple medications and other preparations on their ambulances on a routine basis. They do this so that medics can treat patients exhibiting various medical conditions with state of the art medical care wherever it is needed. Whether it is in the home, work or (more…)


Smallpox Vaccination of Health Care Workers

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January 6, 2003 Voluntary Smallpox Vaccination of Health Care Workers: Making An Informed Decision No doubt by now many of you have been contacted by your state or local health departments in relation to the efforts currently under way to prepare for a possible smallpox attack. It is critical to understand that this effort is (more…)


Transportation of the Morbidly Obese

August 22, 2002 Issue Patient transferring and handling injuries typically represents at least 50% of health care providers Worker’s Compensation annual costs. Such tasks continue to become more difficult because of the on going health crisis of obesity. The transportation of patients weighing in excess of 500 pounds poses serious challenges to our EMS crews, (more…)


EMS Safe Driving Statement

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May 6, 2002 Issue In the 21st century health care environment in the United States, health care providers are attempting to find solutions and systems to reduce the unintended deaths and injuries to hospitalized patients described by the 1999 Institute of Medicine study. Likewise, ambulance providers are challenged to look carefully at themselves to reduce (more…)