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TASA Mid-Winter
Leadership Conference

February 19 - 21, 2020
Gatlinburg, TN

Click to Register Today
EMS Day on the Hill
Nashville - 2/11/2020
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Upcoming Events

February 19 – 21, 2020 – TASA Mid-Winter Leadership Conference – Park Vista Resort, Gatlinburg, TN click here for conference registration / download the agenda

  • Hotel reservations can be made by going to http://www.parkvista.com/ and using the GROUP CODE “TNA” or by calling 865-277-1039 and mention TASA-202 or GROUP CODE “TNA”

Savvik serves the entire public safety sector: EMS, fire departments and fire rescue, law enforcement.

    • 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.
    • Join the Savvik Buying Group (no cost)

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Legislation

February 10, 2020 (4pm CST) – Legislative Briefing/Board Meeting – State EMS Office (Poplar Room)  

February 11, 2020 – EMS Day on the Hill

Our goal is to have every ambulance service in Tennessee represented at this year’s EMS Day on the Hill.
Will your service be represented?

    • Hotel Accommodations for Legislative Briefing and EMS Day on the Hill –Millennium Maxwell House Hotel – 2025 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville TN 37228
      We have secured special hotel rate of $139/night. Follow the link below and be sure to use Group Code 2002REGEMS (listed as Region II EMS Directors). The cutoff date for this special rate is January 24, 2020. (click here to reserve a room)

County Resolution Template – Supporting Increased Medicaid Funding (download in PDF format) (download in MSWord format)

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.