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  • 06/03/2020 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2020 PA EMS Memorial Bike Ride will be held Sept. 12-14, 2020.

    Sponsored and produced by the Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation, this 3-day bicycle cycling event is meant to honor and memorialize the lives of Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Service Providers who have died in the line of duty. You can choose to participate in a single day or all three.  Riders are fully supported with snacks, lunch, and support vehicles.  You get to ride at your own pace on the well marked route that begins in Willow Grove at Second Alarmers Rescue Squad and concludes on the steps of our Harrisburg Capital Complex (pending confirmation of availability).

    Not a cyclist?  No problem. Register as support and assist the cyclists as they push toward their goal of arriving safely into our State Capital.

    2020 Bike Ride Announcement.pdf

    Get complete details and register here.

  • 05/18/2020 5:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear EMS Executive Directors, Managers, and Chiefs :

    IF YOU HOPE TO RECOVER SOME OF YOUR FINANCIAL LOSSES FROM THIS PANDEMIC YOU NEED TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR TODAY!

    It is obvious from our conversations with Leadership and Members of the General Assembly that THEY HAVE NOT heard about the financial impact to EMS agencies from the COVID-19 pandemic in THEIR communities.

    There is a substantial amount of CARES Act funds anticipated to be rolled out to emergency services. Unfortunately, EMS IS NOT BEING HEARD FROM.

    The AAP can carry the message but we cannot "carry the water" for your service. We have delivered the message but the answer from Harrisburg is "we haven't heard anything from our EMS agencies". We cannot move legislation without the members of the General Assembly understanding that there is a serious financial impact from this pandemic.

    YOU MUST MAKE YOUR FINANCIAL DISTRESS KNOWN TO YOUR LOCAL LEGISLATORS NOW!

    YOUR FAILURE TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO MAKE A SIMPLE CONTACT MAY BE YOUR DEMISE!

    We need your financial data to continue the cumulative losses to show this statewide impact. www.aa-pa.org/covid-19


  • 04/03/2020 4:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Everyday, there is more and more information on COVID-19 and everyone's email box is filled with a multitude of emails.

    We don't want you to miss anything of importance.

    Rather than send a lot of email related to COVID-19, a separate page has been created on our website so that you can find the resources in one place.  That doesn't mean that if something comes out of importance, we won't send an email.  Because we will.

    But rather that constantly search for emails, you can check the COVID-19 Page for updates.  In addition, if you are aware of a resource that should be listed, please send an email to Heather at executivedirector@aa-pa.org.

    Stay safe!

  • 03/27/2020 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are requesting weekly data on the financial impact to EMS in this Commonwealth of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Efforts are being taken at the federal and state level to deliver this message to government officials and policy makers that EMS is being directly impacted from a financial standpoint and the health of our EMS System is in dire financial jeopardy.  Services that rely solely on 911 call volume revenue will likely see increased losses as well as those on the non-emergency medical transportation side.  You should have started collecting this data from March 6, 2020 (date of federal declaration) in case federal and or state funding becomes available from FEMA to PEMA to make your service whole.

    EMS services need to be evaluating their bottom-line weekly.  

    1. There is evidence that 911 call volumes have dropped.  For services that rely on 911 volume for revenue decrease call volume = decreased revenue 

    2. Non-emergency transportation has been curtailed or is non-existent as nursing homes and hospitals have shut down the movement of patients.  Paratransit work is non-existent.  Those services that supplement their budgets with non-emergency medical transportation or solely do this work = decreased or a total loss of revenue

    3. Payroll costs in some areas are increasing as staff is sidelined and overtime is realized  

    4. Costs related to COVID-19 contacts, purchase of cleaning solutions and PPE and increased turn-around times due to proper infection control procedures will effect your bottom-line

    The increase in unemployment will likely force more 911 call billing into patient pay categories and with people out of work your bill will be their last concern.  Also, the possible use of alternative destinations for COVID-19 contacts without a solution for payment will force EMS agencies into a non-reimbursable transport exacerbating this crisis.  Finally, failure to enforce a consistent payment solution or even a payment under the treat-no-transport statute will continue to create financial hardship.

    We implore you to review your financials weekly!  That data you provide the AAP to educate government officials and policy makers may benefit you in saving your ambulance services from financial failure and be essential to you should federal and/or state assistance be realized.  Please included financial data and not text or percentages for the information.

    We are trying to help you - please help us!  Please share this message to all of your colleagues, whether they are members or not!   

    COVID 19 Resource Page

  • 03/20/2020 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2020 Ambulance Reimbursement Conference
    May 5-6, 2020 - Cancelled/Postponed

    It is with a sad heart that we have to cancel our annual Reimbursement Conference on May 5 and 6, 2020.  

    We are following the CDC guidelines to refrain from mass gatherings for a period of eight weeks as our conference falls within that eight week time frame.  In addition, the Governor has suspended all non life sustaining activities for an indefinite period of time.

    However, we will be reaching to our speakers and sponsors in hopes to regroup and hold the meeting, if possible, in the future after the state of emergency and life resumes to some normalcy.

    We will be holding elections via electronic means and conducting as much business as we can electronically during this time.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Heather at executivedirector@aa-pa.org.

    Wishing all of our members safety and good health during this time.

     
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