RSVP TN EMS Day on the Hill and Legislative Briefing 2023
CECATN Acute & Emergency Care Pediatrics Conference
|CECATN is very excited to announce that the registration link is live for the 22nd Annual Update in Acute and Emergency Care Pediatrics Conference. This conference uses an interdisciplinary approach throughout a series of plenary and breakout sessions where attendees will be able to develop their skills surrounding pre-hospital care of the medically complex child, as well as, skills for the pediatric trauma patient.This year the conference is being held at the Holiday Inn – University of Memphis hotel in Memphis, TN on April 13-14, 2023.|
Register here: 2023 Conference – CECATN
Please feel free to forward this to your teams and others who may be interested in attending the Annual Update in Acute and Emergency Care Pediatrics Conference. Any potential exhibitors or sponsor of the conference can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Natasha D. D. Kurth, MBA, MHA
Executive Director, CECA TN
TN EMS for Children (EMSC) Program Manager
Children’s Emergency Care Alliance (CECA TN)
3841 Green Hills Village Drive, Suite 3048
Nashville, TN 37215
MTEMSDA 2023 Leadership Summit
February 10, 2023
|MTEMSDA Leadership Summit|
We are excited to share this opportunity for you to learn from various leaders during this wonderful event. During this one-day leadership conference, each speaker will share vital information that will challenge you to create positive change.
This conference is intended for all levels of providers and leaders that want to strengthen their skills in communication, problem-solving, time management, prioritizing, and much more.
This will be a great opportunity to learn from leaders in EMS and will benefit not only current supervisors but also aspiring leaders/supervisors.
Registration Link: https://mtemsda.org/events/2023-leadership-conference/
Course Fee: $10.00
Date: February 10, 2023
Time: 08:00 till 16:30
Event Location: Williamson County Public Safety Center – 304 Beasley Dr, Franklin, TN 37064
Friday, February 10, 2023
07:00 – 07:45 Registration
07:45 – 08:00 Welcome
08:00 – 08:50 Michael Wallace, EMS Director, Williamson County EMS Great by Choice
08:50 – 09:45 Mark King, Assistant EMS Director, Williamson County EMS HR Challenges
09:45 – 10:00 BREAK
10:00 – 12:00 Jason Denton, Attorney RMA) EMS Legal Issues and Discussion Brian Newberry, EMS Chief, Wilson County EMA HIPAA Awareness and Concerns
12:00 – 12:45 LUNCH (Chic-Fil-A)
12:45 – 13:15 Brandon Ward, Director, TN Office of EMS TN EMS Updates
13:15 – 14:10 Greg Miller, EMS Chief, Sumner County EMS Leadership Challenges and how they can stifle your mission
14:10 – 14:25 BREAK
1425 – 1520 Dr. McKinney and Dr. Brywczynski Leadership Conversations with EMS Medical Directors
1520 – 1620 Discussion Panel and Q&A If you have questions, write them down so we can talk about them.
1620 – 1630 Wrap Up
Refreshments and lunch are provided with the course fee
2023 Medicare & TennCare rates
*Medicare rates taken directly from Palmetto GBA (https://www.palmettogba.com/palmetto/jjb.nsf/DID/AVHBYGBMZF#ls)
**TennCare (minimum) rates are 67.5% of Medicare rates
Nominations for 2023 TASA Board Positions
TASA is accepting nominations for Vice President and East Tennessee Grand until February 8th, 2023.
Vice President from Middle TN
Nominations for this position must be of persons from current TASA membership services within the Middle TN Grand Division
East Tennessee Grand
Nominations for this position must be of persons from current TASA membership services within the East TN Grand Division
Elections for these positions will be held at the 2023 Mid-Winter Conference on February 22 & 23, 2023. Results will be announced at the general membership annual meeting at the same location on February 23 at or around noon EST.
BREAKING: It’s Official! – Ambulance Add-Ons Extended, 4% Cuts Delayed
|Law Extends Add-Ons, Delays PAYGO Cuts, and Continues Telehealth Waivers|
The President just signed into law the 2023 Omnibus spending bill, extending the 2% urban, 3% rural and 22.6% super rural Medicare payment add-ons for ground ambulance services through December 31, 2024.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The current Public Use File posted on the CMS ambulance website has not yet been updated to reflect the urban, rural, and super-rural add-on extensions (the file is dated 11/23/2022, prior to the add-ons being included). We strongly encourage EMS agencies and billing companies to ensure their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) has implemented the updated rates – including the add-ons – before submitting claims for dates of service (DOS) 1/1/2023 or after. There have been issues in the past where MACs paid at the incorrect rates and then the MACs took months to correct the improper payments. It is also possible that CMS – in the next few days – may instruct MACs to hold off paying ambulance claims with DOS in 2023 until the rates have been updated to avoid incorrect payments. Stay tuned for updates.
Medicare 4% PAYGO Cuts Delayed
The Act also delays, until 2025, a 4% Medicare cut under the Statutory Pay-As-You -Go Act of 2010 (PAYGO). The 4% cut was set to go into effect on January 1, 2023.
Telehealth Waivers Extended
The Act also extends – until December 31, 2024 – many of the telehealth reimbursement waivers/flexibilities enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under current law, many of these flexibilities were set to expire 151 days after the end of the COVID-19 PHE.
Most importantly for EMS, the telehealth flexibilities permit any site (including a patient’s home or a scene of an incident) to be a telehealth origination site for the service. Prior to the waiver, telehealth services generally had to originate in a rural area, and the patient had to connect from an approved origination site – such as a physician’s office, hospital, or clinic. While there is no direct Medicare reimbursement for telehealth for EMS right now, EMS can originate telehealth consultations for practitioners in the field and contract with eligible practitioners for a portion of the telehealth consultation fee paid to the practitioner.
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BREAKING: Congress Extends Ground Ambulance Add-Ons for 2 Years
|Congress just passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, extending the 2% urban, 3% rural and 22.6% super rural Medicare add-ons for ground ambulance services. The Medicare ground ambulance add-ons were set to expire on December 31, 2022, and now they will continue through December 31, 2024, once President Biden signs the Act.|
What About Other Cuts?
The Act also delays a 4% Medicare “PAYGO” cut that was set to go into effect at the end of 2022. The PAYGO cut is delayed until 2025. However, the 2% across the board Medicare sequestration cuts – that have been in effect since 2013 (with a brief suspension during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency) – have been extended through the December 1, 2032.
Stay tuned as PWW monitors changes currently affecting the EMS Industry. Click Here to Ask Your QuestionsJoin Us In Spring 2023
This Spring, PWW covers everything that’s in store for 2023 and we have solutions for your agency to survive if the Federal No Surprises Act comes to ground ambulance. Spring 2023 Dates and Locations:Las Vegas – March 5-9, 2023
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Recover Loss of Use for fleet downtime, at no cost to you.
ACM, a Savvik Partner, has asked us to share this information with TN EMS services. A portion of ACM’s recovery will go back TASA to serve you better.
Your fleet is critical to the communities you serve. That’s why ACM is here to help you recover the maximum amount when one of your vehicles is damaged by another party, while getting you back on the road faster.
We can recover Loss of Use for fleet downtime, at no cost to you. ACM has a dedicated team with in-depth knowledge of specialty vehicles ready to fight for you. We will also pursue Diminution of Value, which is the loss of market value to your fleet vehicle.
Strength in numbers. 220,000+ claims settled, over $70 million recovered annually for our clients, 25 years’ experience negotiating with insurance companies.
When liability is in question, ACM will pursue multiple avenues to find sufficient evidence to support your claim, sometimes overturning liability decisions made by insurance or initial police reports. Legal resources can be obtained on your behalf when necessary for dispute resolution.
Eligible Fleet Vehicles Include: Fire engines, police cars, ambulances, public works, utilities, solid waste, buses, street sweepers, vehicles used by planning staff and more.
These reimbursement proceeds are legitimately owed taxpayer dollars that your citizens deserve. Visit ACM at https://www.altclaim.com/
2023 TASA Award Nominations are Open. Nominations are due December 15, 2022
We are now accepting nominations for the 2023 TASA Awards. The deadline for nominations is December 15, 2022.
Each year, TASA gives an opportunity to EMS individuals and services to be recognized by their peers in a statewide search for the best in our field. Anyone can nominate individuals or emergency medical services that they believe are the best of the best. EMS professionals can only be nominated online. The following categories are recognized each year by TASA:
Link for Individual Award Nominations 2023 Link for Service Award Nominations 2023
Award categories are:
- Jimmy Studdard EMT Award (click here)
- Larry Griffin Paramedic Award (click here)
- John Bond EMS Administrator Award (click here)
- Tommy Erwin Lifetime Achievement Award (click here)
- Bob Thomas ALS Service Award (click here)
- Dr. C. Robert Clark EMS Medical Director Award (click here)
- L. Gale Allen President’s Leadership Award (selected by TASA President)
- John Fitzsimmons EMS Advocate Award (click here)