Preparing Your Ambulance Service for the Affordable Care Act
March 14, 2014 - Run Time 13:56
Guest:  Attorney Thomas Shorter with Godfrey and Kahn, Madison, Wisconsin

The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ACA or Obamacare, will influence and change EMS in ways we don’t quite know yet.  Health exchanges, insurance plans and packages, health coverage mandates and so on. 

Ambulance services and their respective billing companies need to draw up plans and probably make some assumptions.  A few things seem to be certain.  Your payer mix may change, health exchanges and insurers for your region might be different, and self-pay patient transports will likely increase as ACA deductible amounts for some plans are in the thousands of dollars.

Now is a good time to start asking questions and getting answers from your billing company and healthcare facilities and communicating your findings with your ambulance service's Board of Directors or city and town officials. 

In this webcast we start asking those important ACA questions of Madison attorney Thomas Shorter.  Mr. Shorter is with the law firm Godfrey and Kahn.  We found him to be extremely knowledgeable in ACA.  In this webcast he offers some initial guidance to ambulance services.  We also start to hear some new terminology, like Accountable Care Organizations or ACOs.

Supporting Information:

A good source for exchange enrollment information:  click here

About our Guest

Thomas Shorter is a shareholder in the firm's Madison office and Chair of the Health Care Team. Tom represents hospitals, physicians' groups, research institutions and health care related organizations, as well as other businesses, providing counsel on health care, corporate, labor and employment and regulatory matters.

For clients in the health care industry, Tom handles matters regarding Medicare compliance, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), Physician Self-Referral (Stark), and Anti-Kickback.

Additionally, Tom is also called upon by other organizations to handle management-side legal corporate and employment issues, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) compliance, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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