Welcome letter from PAAW President Patrick Ryan
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May 13, 2012REVISED IMPLEMENTATION DATE
The Department of Health Services has announced that its contract with MTM will begin on August 1, 2013. Logisti-care will continue to manage the system until the cut over on July 31st.
“I look forward to working with MTM, Inc. as they begin serving as Wisconsin’s non-emergency medical transportation manager,” said Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades. “The Department made it a top priority to ensure that the transition from the outgoing contractor to MTM, Inc. occurs as smoothly as possible.
To read the complete press release, click on the link below.
April 23, 2013
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April 15, 2013
PAAW PRESIDENT Patrick Ryan Quoted!
PAAW President Patrick Ryan is quoted in most recent update of the State's decision to hire new company to manage Non-Emergency Medical Transports to Wisconsin's Medicaid and Badger Care Plus recipients.
APRIL 11, 2013
State selects MTM to provide medical rides, LogistiCare secures rate bump
The state has chosen MTM Inc. to take over for LogistiCare in dispatching non-emergency medical rides for Wisconsin's Medicaid and Badger-Care Plus recipients, the state Department of Health Services announced Thursday.
It has not yet been determined when Missouri-based MTM will start dispatching rides. State officials and the company will decide that as they negotiate a contract, the state said.
In the meantime, riders will continue to schedule rides with LogistiCare.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE ENTIRE STORYhttp://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/pi/state-selects-mtm-to-replace-logisticare-for-medical-rides-qi9h32s-202555221.html
March 21, 2013
Implementation of the Award for Jurisdiction 6 Part A/Part B Medicare Administrative Contractor (J6 A/B MAC) (CR 8227)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the J6 A/B MAC contract for the administration of the Part A and Part B Medicare fee-for-service claims in the states of Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to National Government Services, Inc. (NGS). The contractor will also be responsible for processing Medicare Home Health plus Hospice (HH+H) billings in thirteen states and five U.S. territories: the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Wisconsin and Washington, as well as the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Jurisdiction 6 A/B MAC will also administer Medicare claims for several thousand Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
For more information, see this entire CR at http://www.wpsmedicare.com/part_b/publications/news/cms_news/_files/2013-0319-implementation-award-j6-mac-cr8227.pdf.
March 5, 2013
Updates Apparently Coming for Ambulance Inspections
The Assembly Transportation Committee met on February 26 and reviewed many chapters of Administrative Code, including Trans 309 which regulates ambulance inspections and the required equipment, supplies and tools to carry on them.
Speaking on behalf of State Representative Penny Bernard Schaber, also a Transportation Committee member, Eric Koch in the office stated,“The Committee was in favor and approved of a small modification as a technical change suggested by the Small Business Regulatory Review Board. This change would eliminate Trans 309.02(1) from the code, it refers to “advanced skill” as defined in the DHS 110, however that section of DHS code has been renumbered, repealed or replaced”.
Mr. Koch added, “During the Committee meeting a concern was raised by Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber indicating that the Department of Health Services, the EMS Advisory Board and ambulance professionals from across the state have been in the process of reviewing and making suggestions for updates to Trans 309 for a few years”.
By the end of the meeting several Transportation Committee members, from both parties, expressed an interest to look more closely and review Trans 309. They plan to meet with the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin, DOT and DHS officials and other EMS stakeholder groups to gather their input as the members begin to review and suggest changes to update Trans 309.
According to PAAW President Patrick Ryan, “We appreciate interest by the Transportation Committee to look further at Trans 309. We have been in close contact with the State EMS Office and understand their viewpoint as well as PAAW receiving comments from over 240 individuals. As an EMS stakeholder, we look forward to being at the table to lend support and input to better the outcome and workability of Trans 309.”
Listen to a Webcast interview about Trans 309 Inspection update. Click here
February 22, 2013
LogistiCare Leaving Wisconsin After All
LogistiCare, the much-criticized company that's been dispatching medical rides for Medicaid patients in Wisconsin since 2011, will be leaving the state after all.
LogistiCare, along with four other prospective bidders, had officially told the state this month that they intended to bid on a new contract. But company officials changed their minds at the last minute out of financial concerns, a manager told the Journal Sentinel on Friday.
Two other potential bidders also backed out - American United Taxi Cab, which was mainly interested in providing services in southeast Wisconsin rather than the entire state and made a last-minute decision not to submit a bid, and a co-op of transportation providers and county officials called the Wisconsin Coordinated Transportation Co-op, which did not get its paperwork together by Thursday's deadline.
That left the state with only two bidders - Access2Care and MTM Inc., Claire Smith, a spokeswoman with the Department of Health Services, said Friday.
Click here to read entire article. Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
February 20, 2013
Over 240 Comment on Ambulance Inspection Trans 309
Within four business days over 240 individuals entered comments regarding ambulance inspections and Trans 309 which governs them. The Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin (PAAW) sponsored the five question survey, which came at the request of State Representative Penny Bernard Shaber’s office. She is on the Transportation Committee and the committee will be looking at various statutes in a public meeting the last week of February.
Questionnaire responses are being reviewed by PAAW leadership and a findings report drafted to share with State Representative Penny Bernard Shaber’s office who asked PAAW to comment on Trans 309.
According to PAAW President Patrick Ryan, "We were extremely pleased with the number of responses and the amount of detail offered in the comments. There is plenty of information to work with and share with Representative Bernard Shaber's office. We will follow through and report back on any outcomes from the Committees review of Trans 309."
This is another positive sign about the work PAAW is doing throughout the State and inside the Capitol.Ambulance Inspection Trans 309 Background: Ambulance inspections are the responsibility of the Wisconsin Department of Transpiration (DOT). Vehicles are inspected once every two years by state patrol personnel. Trans 309 establishes minimum vehicle standards and specifications, medical equipment specifications for ambulances and the administrative procedures for implementing the ambulance inspection program for the purpose of promoting safe, efficient emergency transportation for the sick, injured and disabled. To review a description of Trans 309 on the state’s website, click here.
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