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April 23-25, 2015- EMS EXPO at the Grand Traverse Resort  REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  To register online, click here.  To register by mail or fax with the paper form, click here.

EMS Practitioner of the Year

Nomination Deadline March 13th 


Do you know an outstanding EMS Practitioner?

The Michigan "EMS Practitioner of the Year" Award recognizes a special person for his/her excellence and/or outstanding achievement in emergency medical services.

Nominations are now being accepted and must be submitted no later than March 13, 2015.  ​To access the EMS Practitioner of the Year nomination form, please click here.

The "EMS Practitioner of the Year" will be announced and given special recognition at the EMS EXPO at the Grand Traverse Resort during the networking reception on Friday, April 24, 2015. The winner will also be reimbursed for their 2015 EMS EXPO registration.

Please contact the MAAS office with any questions or email Kelly.



SAVE THE DATE

MAAS Ambulance Awareness Day & Stars of Life at the Michigan Capitol will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015.  

Michigan Star of Life NOMINATIONS are due by April 15th!  Click here to nominated a Star of Life.
TIMOTHY H. "COOP" COOPER MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP CUP
DEADLINE TO REGISTER is March 27, 2015

The competition consists of a simulated medical or trauma situation, a timed written test and practical skill stations. Teams will be judged on assessment skills, teamwork and decision making ability.

Take on the challenge, take home the trophy, and own the right to say your team is the best in the state!

Disclaimer: If there are less than 6 teams that register, the competition will be canceled.

Michigan's Premiere EMS Educational Conference & Tradeshow
April 23-25, 2015
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
 Acme, Michigan

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be in front of more than 300 EMTs, paramedics, and senior-level ambulance service managers from across Michigan!

As an EMS EXPO sponsor, your company will be advertised and promoted as a supporter of Michigan mobile emergency professionals. Sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Logo stamped reception tickets - Everyone will want these at the Networking Reception All attendees and exhibitors can grab a local Traverse City craft beer.
  • Charging Station - Every hand will have a mobile device that will need charging between sessions. We can even talk about setting it by your exhibitor table. 
  • Coffee Breaks - Who doesn't need coffee at a conference? You will not be disappointed with this sponsorship.
  • Elevator Display Logo - Ran during the conference in every elevator, catching the eye of every attendee.
  • And much more! 


As an exhibitor, you can showcase your company’s products and services for two days in a high traffic area where attendees gather in between sessions. Exhibitors will receive prime locations no matter where attendees are because at EXPO, exhibitors will interact with attendees.

Download Exhibitor and Sponsorship Information

 


 

Thank you to the Sponsors who have already committed:
LifeCare Ambulance
Life EMS Ambulance
Mercy Sales
Michigan Association for Air Medical Providers
Mobile Medical Response

Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act of 2015 (S. 377, H.R. 745) has been introduced.


Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Senate bill (S. 377) and Congressmen Greg Walden (R-OR), Peter Welch (D-VT), Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced the House bill (H.R. 745).

The legislation would make permanent the current temporary Medicare 2% urban, 3% rural and super rural add-on payments. In addition to making the current relief permanent, the bills would 1) implement prior authorization for BLS non-emergency ambulance transports to and from dialysis centers, 2) change the status of ambulance service suppliers to providers, and 3) direct the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to collect ambulance cost data using a survey methodology.

The Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act of 2015 is a comprehensive legislative package to address many of the current challenges facing our industry as well as establish the basis for future efforts of the AAA in improving the Medicare ambulance fee schedule. The provision on prior authorization will be an additional burden on ambulance service providers who do legitimate dialysis transports but is far better than further cuts in reimbursement. Periodically surveying a statistically significant number of the different types of ambulance service providers will also be a burden for providers. However, the alternative to the survey approach is mandatory annual cost reporting for every ambulance service provider. It is critical that Congress, CMS and the AAA have more precise cost information to make future data-driven policy and reimbursement changes to the fee schedule.

This is the most significant legislation on Medicare reimbursement and policy since the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and the creation of the Medicare ambulance fee schedule. We plan to build further congressional support for the legislation with the intention of attaching the language to a permanent physician fix package when Congress tackles that issue. In the meantime, we will use support for the bill to push for extensions of the Medicare ambulance add-ons which are scheduled to expire at the end of March along with the current temporary physician fix. Congress is likely to do only another short-term extension of the physician fix before it expires on March 31.

Michigan Association of Ambulance Services has endorsed this legislation.

​Senate: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/377

House: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/745
 


Call to Action: Permanent Medicare Ambulance Relief

Please send your members of Congress letters in support of cosponsoring H.R. 745 and S. 377 by accessing the AAA online letter writing tool.  A sample letter is already preloaded 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. The Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform ActH.R. 745 and S. 377 would make the current temporary Medicare increases of 2% urban, 3% rural and the super rural bonus payment permanent.  Please also ask your members of Congress to support an extension of the increases, which expire on March 31. 
 

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