February 19 - 21, 2020
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- Savvik contracts for many of our Public Safety supplies and services through a competitive bidding or quotation process, ensuring the best pricing on quality products and services. Savvik competitive bidding procedures ensure full and fair competition, and, therefore, relieve our members—even many of our public members—of the obligation to conduct their own competitive bidding process.
- Savvik has already put in hundreds of hours into each competitively bid process and selected vendors and programs that you can trust. We do this for you at no charge. With all of the work already being done, all you have to do is select what you need and when you need it.
- A portion of our proceeds is returned back to TASA every quarter.
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Please contact your State Representatives and Senators and ask them to support *HR1175 / *SB1469 which directs TennCare to reimburse ground ambulance providers at a rate not less than the current Medicare fee schedule. TASA and the bill sponsor have requested that the funding ($16 million) for this much needed change be provided within the Governor’s FY20/21 budget. (*Note: the language within the bill is only a “caption” – amendments filed during the Summer Study Session address the actual intent of the bill)
As we all know, Medicare rates do not reflect the actual cost to operate and TennCare rates are, in most cases, half of what Medicare provides. Although this increase will not cover the cost for service, it would greatly improve the financial stability of ambulance services throughout the State and reduce the burden on the local governments/tax payers.
We ask that your relay to your representatives the impact your service and communities are experiencing due to low reimbursement rates. The current ambulance assessment program is merely a bandaid on this issue and should continue as it is being provided at no cost to the State. Additionally, the ambulance assessment program helps to reduce the negative cost of service.