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  • Monday, April 17, 2023 10:14 AM | Samantha Hilker (Administrator)

    Dear Ground Ambulance Providers and Suppliers,

    Starting January 1, 2023, ground ambulance organizations selected in  Year 1 and Year 2 are required to report cost, utilization, revenue, and other information to CMS within 5 months after your data collection period ends. Organizations that fail to report may be subject to a 10% payment reduction. 

    Ground ambulance organizations selected in Year 3 and Year 4 will begin collecting data in 2023 and reporting data beginning in 2024. 

    Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System: Office Hours Session — April 27

    Thursday, April 27 from 2–3 pm ET

    Register for this webinar.                      

    We divided the office hours session into 2 topics:

    • 2–2:30 pm: CMS will answer live questions on the data collection requirements (such as what am I required to collect and when do I report?).  This part of the session is for all selected organizations in Years 1–4.
    • 2:30–3 pm: We’ll answer live questions about registering and requesting access to the Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System portal. This part is for selected organizations in Years 1–2 who are required to report beginning in 2023.

    Visit Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System for:

    • Lists of ground ambulance organizations selected in Years 1–2 required to collect information starting in 2022 and report information starting in 2023
    • Organizations selected in Years 3–4 required to collect information starting in 2023 and report information starting in 2024
    • FAQs
  • Friday, April 14, 2023 10:15 AM | Samantha Hilker (Administrator)

    CMS has opened registration for the first set of meetings for the Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee (GAPBAC). The meetings are scheduled for May 2 and 3. To register for the virtual meetings, please click here.

    The formal notice of the meetings was posted in today’s Federal Register. To access a copy of the formal notice, please click here.

  • Thursday, September 29, 2022 5:19 PM | Samantha Hilker (Administrator)

    Our 2022 Wi Star of Life Recipients will be recognized at a welcome reception and dinner to include an awards ceremony in Madison, WI on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. 

  • Friday, April 08, 2022 1:08 PM | Samantha Hilker (Administrator)

  • Tuesday, March 08, 2022 4:43 PM | Samantha Hilker (Administrator)

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 12:52 PM | Samantha Hilker (Administrator)

  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 7:27 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    June 17, 2021

    First Responders Thank the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance for Their Support of EMS

    The Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin (PAAW) would like to thank the members of the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance for their efforts to provide a significant Medicaid rate increase to Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The PAAW board extends its deepest appreciation to Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton), Representative Mark Born (R- Beaver Dam), Representative Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc), Senator Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma), Senator Howard Marklein (R- Spring Green), and Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) for their leadership on this crucial public health and public safety issue. 

    To secure the increase in the Medicaid reimbursement rate for EMS in Wisconsin, the budget bill must pass both houses of the State Legislature and be signed by Governor Evers.

    “Wisconsin’s EMS system is vulnerable right now,” said Chris Anderson, President of PAAW. “The reimbursement levels for mobile healthcare fall far below ambulance providers’ costs of readiness. This has suppressed wages, escalating our workforce shortage and causing delays in service. The action taken by the Joint Finance Committee this week would nearly double our reimbursement rates in 2022. This increase—if passed by the full Legislature and signed by the Governor—would represent a lifeline for our first responders.”

    Anderson continued, “EMS proudly served our community with frontline emergency healthcare throughout the COVID-19 pandemic despite extraordinarily challenging circumstances. Between skyrocketing costs for PPE, supplies, and training, coupled with dwindling reimbursement, EMS cannot continue to provide care to every citizen without sustainable reimbursement. We are depending on the support of our elected officials so that your community can continue to depend on us—24/7.”


    About the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin

    The Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin (PAAW) safeguards the future of mobile healthcare through advocacy, thought leadership, and education. PAAW advances sustainable EMS policy, empowering our members to serve communities across the state with high-quality on-demand healthcare. We proudly represent those who care for the people of Wisconsin—first. www.wiambulance.org

  • Friday, April 02, 2021 7:44 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)
  • Thursday, March 04, 2021 2:37 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    As President of the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin (PAAW) and Director of Operations at Bell Ambulance, I know that our state's EMS agencies are stretched to the financial brink. I invite you to join PAAW, the American Ambulance Association, and our trusted partner Sellers Dorsey for an educational webinar to learn how we can speak with one voice in Madison to bring federal supplemental payments to EMS at NO COST to our state.

    Please join us at one of the three upcoming sessions to discuss the implementation of a "Medicaid Match" program encompassing both a provider assessment for for-profit and non-profit private providers as well as a Certified Public Expenditure (CPE) or Intergovernmental Transfer (IGT) program for municipal agencies. Due to our unique arrangement with the American Ambulance Association and Sellers Dorsey, PAAW is able to offer the support of our experts for the implementation of such programs at NO UPFRONT COST and NO RISK.

    Please consider registering to attend a session—the institution of these supplemental payments can only succeed with YOUR support and participation!

    Register Now!

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:54 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Are you an EMT, paramedic, or other EMS professional? You may be eligible for a University of Wisconsin-Madison study looking to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in healthcare workers. Compensation may be available for participants. Contact shield@medicine.wisc.edu for more information, or visit https://shield.medicine.wisc.edu.

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