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  • Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:54 PM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)
    Besides delivering EMS care to a community, two of the most important business responsibilities an ambulance manager has is obviously billing for services provided and daily sales outstanding (the number of days from the patient being transported to the ambulance service actually being paid).  Topping the list for many is the fee structure paid by Medicare (Federal), Medicaid (BadgerCare at the State of Wisconsin), and now the Affordable Care Act through health insurance exchanges.

    These three important areas are discussed in this newest webcast with Tristan North, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the American Ambulance Association in Washington, D.C.

    Two items covered in the webcast are worth noting:
    1. A current study is being completed to compile a ranking of state Medicaid rates paid to ambulance services.  We know Wisconsin ranks low in rates paid for BLS and ALS patient transportation; however, the final results will be telling.
    2. The Affordable Care Act appears to offer insurance plans that cover many hospital charges, but not ambulance transportation.  The greater concern is some of these plan options have much higher deductibles in the thousands of dollars, possibly changing the payer mix to more self-pay patient transports.  This may put an ambulance service more at risk for not getting paid for 911 and other call out requests in serving the public's emergency or medical needs.

    To listen to the webcast, click here.

  • Monday, February 10, 2014 8:52 PM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)
    The EMS Leadership Academy is a dynamic, four-level, 60-hour educational program designed to prepare persons to lead and manage today’s EMS organization. It is designed to give participants the basic tools and information needed to quickly and successfully assume or be in the role of an EMS leader.  The program series is underwritten and sponsored by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health.

    Since 2009, more than 900 leaders across the nation have participated in the Academy, many from Wisconsin during the past couple of years.

    Each level is a 15-hour, two-day program presented on consecutive days in comfortable settings that invite participation and openness.  Class size is limited and the sessions are engaging, lively and participatory.

    Each course is two-days and costs only $40 - inclusive of both days.  Meals and refreshments are included.  Please note that the levels need to be taken in order.  The previous level is a prerequisite for the next. 

    Click here for the program brochure and outline.

    Register on-line at: https://charge.wisc.edu/ruralhealth/workshops.asp

    Level One
    March 15-16, 2014
    Marshfield Fire and Rescue Dept., Marshfield, WI

    Level One
    April 24-25, 2014
    Green County EMS, Monroe, WI

    Level Two
    April 26-27, 2014
    Green County EMS, Monroe, WI

    Level Three
    July 26-27, 2014
    Lemonweir Valley Phone Company, Camp Douglas, WI

    Level Four
    August 16-17, 2014
    Three Bears Lodge, Warrens, WI  

    For additional information or if you have a question, contact:  Kathryn Miller, Program Manager, Rural Hospitals & Clinics Program, Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, Phone: 608-261-1891.

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