NSA Lawsuit Update

NO SURPRISES ACT (NSA) LEGAL UPDATE

NO SURPRISES ACT (NSA) LEGAL UPDATE By Edward Marasco, MPM, CMTE, EMT-P (ret.)*   Well, I am not a lawyer, but I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express in the last ten (10) years . . . .   As many of our loyal readers know the Federal No...

CMS Wants Your Feedback

What about the Proposed CMS RSNAT PCS Regulation Change?

What about the Proposed CMS RSNAT PCS Regulation Change? By Chuck Humphrey, B.A., EMT-B, CAC, CACO, CADS, *   By now, we assume… By now, we assume you have read about the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed regulation change.   If not, head over to www.regulations.gov and lookup...

In Remembrance With Rose

NATIONAL EMS MEMORIAL SERVICE 2022

NATIONAL EMS MEMORIAL SERVICE 2022 By Edward Marasco, MPM, CMTE, EMT-P (ret.)*   REMEMBERING . . . The National EMS Memorial Service, the National EMS Memorial Foundation and the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride will pay tribute to 72 EMS and air medical fallen first responders from 26 states across...

Ground Ambulance Cost Data - image of man in a crowd with light shining on him

Ground Ambulance Cost Data Collection – How’s it going?

Ground Ambulance Cost Data Collection- How’s it going? By Chuck Humphrey, B.A., EMT-B, CAC, CACO, CADS, *   Was Your Agency Selected? Was your EMS agency selected in Year One or Year Two to be mandated to collect and report cost data?  If your answer is YES, then you should...

Ems Weeks 2022

Another Year- You’re Still Here!

Another Year- You’re Still Here! By Chuck Humphrey, B.A., EMT-B, CAC, CACO, CADS, * EMS Week 2022 EMS Week 2022 is here!  Another year and you’re still here.   Each time we pause to celebrate your accomplishments as an EMS provider, manager, administrator, volunteer, career staffer…whatever role you play…it’s a celebration...

NSA FAQs Part II - a man sits at the desk laptop in front of him with his hands on his forehead

NSA FAQs Part II

FEDERAL NO SURPRISES ACT (NSA): WHERE ARE WE TODAY? By Edward Marasco, MPM, CMTE, EMT-P (ret.)*   PART II The No Surprises Act (NSA) was passed late in 2020 and the regulatory process unfolded in a frenzy throughout 2021. Providers and health plans alike have struggled to prepare for the...

No Surprise

NSA FAQs Part I

FEDERAL NO SURPRISES ACT (NSA): WHERE ARE WE TODAY? By Edward Marasco, MPM, CMTE, EMT-P (ret.)* PART I The No Surprises Act (NSA) was passed in late 2020 and the regulatory process unfolded in a frenzy throughout 2021. Providers and health plans alike have struggled to prepare for the go...

HIPAA BAA

Do You Remember the HIPAA BAA?

Do You Remember the HIPAA BAA? By Chuck Humphrey, B.A., EMT-B, CAC, CACO, CADS, *   It was 2003… When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 finally became a reality with regards to the relationship between a healthcare provider of service known as the Covered Entity and...

RSNAT Prior Authorizations and the PCS

RSNAT Prior Authorizations and the PCS

RSNAT Prior Authorizations and the PCS by Rebecca Illig, QMC Compliance Manager In 2014… In 2014 CMS initiated a Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergency Ambulance Transportation (RSNAT) prior authorization demonstration program for certain states. These included South Carolina, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The program was expanded in December of 2015 by CMS...

Managing Critical Conversations In A Tense Social Climate

Managing Critical Conversations in a Tense Social Climate

Managing Critical Conversations in a Tense Social Climate By Chuck Humphrey, B.A., EMT-B, CAC, CACO, CADS* Tense! Does it seem like everyone is tense today? Tense- A feeling, showing, or causing mental strain; anxious. Sound familiar? It’s the world we live in today. There are a host of tense people....