2021 Ambulance reimbursement conference

The Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania (AAP) Presents

Pennsylvania’s 2021 (Virtual) Ambulance Reimbursement Conference

May 5 – May 6, 2021

From the comfort of your office

National and State reimbursement issues
Emergency and Non-Emergency Medical Services Compliance

  • Medicare and Federal Update
  • What’s New
  • Cyber Security
  • And more......
    Member Rate:  $200 per organization - you must login to the members only side of the site to receive the discount.

    Non-Member Rate:  $300 per organization

    Whether a seasoned staff member or new to the world of billing or just want to network with colleagues…..

    3.5 CEU Units (CAC mandatory) are available for this conference
    3.5 CEU Units (CAC elective) are available for this conference
    7.0 CEU Units (CACO) are available for this conference
    3.5 CEU Units (CAPO) are available for this conference

    An agenda is included below.


    • No upcoming events

    Registration/Payment and Cancellation Procedure(s):


    • Payment must be received with your registration or a few days after (if paying by invoice). For your convenience, we now accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit card payments online.
    • Please make check payable to the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania.  If paying by check, payment must be received no later than April 26, 2021.
    • Cancellations made prior to April 26, 2021 will be subject to a $25.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after April 26th.

    Mail payments with a copy of your invoice to:
    Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania
    PO Box 60183
    Harrisburg, PA 17106-0183


    Call 717-512-5609 or email Heather Sharar at executivedirector@aa-pa.org.


    Times are displayed in eastern time.

    • 8:30 am Begin to sign into Zoom - a link will be provided closer to the event
    • 8:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks - Dean Bollendorf, President
    • 9:00 – 10:15 am    Medicare and Federal Update- Brian Werfel, Esq.  This session will bring you up to speed on all the latest events unfolded at CMS and federal level.
    • 10:15 – 10:30 am  Break
    • 10:30 – 11:30 am  Medicare and Federal Update Continued
    • 11:30 to 11:45 am  Break
    • 11:45 to 12:15 pm  Oh, the Places We’ve Been - Maggie Adams, EMS Financial Services, Inc.
      Join this entertaining and informative look at where we have been in the past year of billing and reimbursement. We became a hybrid workforce. We are wizards of Zoom, Teams, and GoTo Meeting. We juggle productivity, home schooling, elder care, banana-bread baking, and crew interactions. Let us talk about the “good stuff” that came from the pandemic roller-coaster ride – those things that will help billers and crews do their jobs well. Finally, we will cover those practices and processes we cannot wait to ditch.
    • 12:15 – 1:30 pm           Lunch break
    • 1:30 – 3:00 pm    Is EMS Really HIPAA Compliant in 2021? An Interactive Q&A - Ryan Stark, Page, Wolfberg & Wirth
      Is our industry really HIPAA compliant?  In 2019, we saw the first ever HIPAA penalty against an ambulance service. Join us as we pinpoint your biggest risks, and identify your immediate action items for 2021 and beyond.  Then, we’ll open it up for an interactive discussion where EMS Privacy attorney Ryan Stark will tackle your HIPAA questions.  
    • 3:00 – 3:30 pm             Break
    • 3:30 – 5:00 pm            Trials Now, Opportunities Ahead - Maggie Adams, EMS Financial Services, Inc.
      The pandemic created many billing questions. Temporary changes in Medicare, questions about differences with Medicare versus commercial Medicare, growth in Medicaid and its managed care partners, and difficulties collecting self-pay accounts. Mix these questions together and providers face billing angst. We discuss how to cope with the documentation and billing issues going on now with various payers. Next, we discuss the opportunities these recent challenges created – ways to improve workflows, process upgrades, staffing configurations and tasks ripe for automation. Attend this session to learn about the better future of EMS billing on the horizon.
    • Enjoy your evening


    Times are displayed in eastern time.

    • 8:00 am - Begin to sign into Zoom
    • 8:30 – 10:00 am - Preparing for and Responding to Cybersecurity Incidents - Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Alexander R. Bilus, Esq., Evan J. Foster, Esq., Joseph A. Valenti, Esq.
      The attorneys on this panel will discuss the following topics:
    • the cybersecurity threat landscape, including ransomware and business email compromise;
    • what organizations should do to prepare for cybersecurity incidents, including incident response plans;
    • what a “typical” cybersecurity incident response looks like, including the issuance of breach notifications;
    • the penalties that could arise by failing to have safeguards in place or paying ransoms without following government guidance; and
    • how to liaise with law enforcement regarding proactive measures and cybersecurity incidents.
    • 10:00 – 10:15 am          Break
    • 10:15 – 11:45   Medicare Carrier Update - Gail Atnip, Provider Outreach & Education Specialist, Novitas Solutions, Inc.
      Annual Update from Novitas Solutions
    • 11:45 am to 12:00 pm   Break
    • 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm   Annual Meetings of the Ambulance Association of PA and the PA EMS Provider Foundation.
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