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  • Meeting Date Change: Please note that our January Board Meeting was incorrectly reported in our November newsletter. The meeting will be held on January 19 (not January 12), 2012, at 1 pm EST at the Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd Meeting Room “C” in Florence, KY.
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March 3, 2010
1. Senate Considers Tax Extenders Bill with Medicare Provider Relief
2. Follow Up from White House Bipartisan Health Reform Meeting
3. Cosponsors of Permanent Medicare Ambulance Relief Bills
4. CMS Asks MCPSS Recipients for their Feedback
1. Senate Considers Tax Extenders Bill with Medicare Provider Relief
The Senate is currently considering the Tax Extenders Act of 2009 (H.R. 4213) and is expected to vote on the final package on Friday. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) has filed and amendment to the bill which would extend Medicare provider relief provisions including Medicare ambulance relief. This amendment includes one-year, retroactive to January 1, 2010, extensions of the 2% urban, 3% rural and super rural bonus Medicare ambulance increases. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has filed which would replace the Medicare provider relief extensions of the Baucus amendment. However, the Grassley amendment includes the same Medicare ambulance relief provisions as the Baucus amendment.
Last night, the Senate passed the short-term extension bill to extend unemployment benefits, COBRA coverage and the physician fix through the end of the month. This bill is separate from H.R. 4213. The Senate Democratic Leadership had hoped to fast track the bill last week but Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) objected. The provisions expired but CMS had informed contractors to hold claims for ten days. This did not impact claims filed under the Medicare ambulance fee schedule and CMS. President Obama has already signed the physician fix extension bill into law.
2. Follow Up from White House Bipartisan Health Reform Meeting
President Sends Congressional Leaders Follow Up Letter from Health Meeting
On March 2, President Obama sent congressional leaders a letter in follow up to their bipartisan meeting last Thursday on health care reform. The letter identifies areas where the President believes Democrats and Republicans can work together on health care reform legislation. To access a copy of the letter, go to the White House website at:
White House Posts Video of Meeting on its Website
If you would like to watch highlights of the meeting or the meeting in its entirety, please go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/health-care-meeting.
Details of President's Proposal
For details of the President's proposal on health care reform, please go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/health-care-meeting/proposal. In regards to Medicare ambulance relief, the President's proposal would use the provisions from the health care reform bill which passed the Senate (H.R. 3590). H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, would extend Medicare ambulance relief including the 2% urban, 3% rural and super rural bonus increases through the end of this year. The extensions of relief would be retroactive to the beginning of this year. The Senate bill also includes language to apply a "productivity adjustment" which would reduce the annual Medicare ambulance inflation update starting in 2011.
3. Cosponsors of Permanent Medicare Ambulance Relief Bills
The Medicare Ambulance Access Preservation Act (MAAPA) was introduced in the Senate by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and in the House by Congressmen Richard Neal (D-MA) and Fred Upton (R-MI). MAAPA would provide a permanent 6% Medicare increase for transports originating in an urban or rural area and permanently extend the bonus base payment of 22.6% for transports originating in super rural areas. The AAA is currently pushing for extensions of current Medicare ambulance relief as well as encouraging Members of Congress to cosponsor MAAPA.
Current Cosponsors of the MAAPA
Below is a list, current as of today, of members of Congress who have officially been added as cosponsors to MAAPA.
AL: Sen. Jeff Sessions
AR: Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Sen. Mark Pryor
CA: Rep. Devin Nunes
CT: Rep. Rosa DeLauro: Rep. Chris Murphy
GA: Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Johnny Isakson
IA: Sen. Tom Harkin
KS: Sen. Pat Roberts
LA: Sen. Mary Landrieu
ME: Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Michael Michaud
MP: Del. Gregorio Sablan
MA: Sen. John Kerry, Rep. Richard Neal, Rep. James McGovern
MI: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Dale Kildee, Rep. Bart Stupak, Rep. Mark Schauer
MN: Sen. Amy Klobuchar
MS: Sen. Thad Cochran
MO: Sen. Kit Bond
MT: Sen. Jon Tester
NV: Rep. Shelley Berkley
NJ: Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Rep. Steven Rothman, Rep. Albio Sires
NY: Sen. Charles Schumer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Paul Tonko
NH: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
ND: Sen. Kent Conrad, Sen. Byron Dorgan
OH: Rep. Patrick Tiberi
OR: Rep. Peter DeFazio
PA: Rep. Jim Gerlach, Rep. Tim Murphy, Rep. Tim Holden
RI: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. James Langevin
SD: Rep. Stephanie Sandlin Herseth
VT: Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Peter Welch
WA: Rep. Doc Hastings
WV: Rep. Nick Rahall
WI: Rep. Steve Kagen
4. CMS Asks MCPSS Recipients for their Feedback
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Please Note: Only providers and suppliers notified that they have been randomly selected to take part in the 2010 MCPSS may participate in this study. A new random sample of providers and suppliers is selected annually to participate in the MCPSS study.
CMS Needs Your Feedback
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting the fifth national administration of the Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey (MCPSS). This survey is designed to collect quantifiable data on providers' satisfaction with the performance of the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) contractors that process and pay their Medicare claims. CMS conducts the MCPSS on an annual basis and uses the results for Medicare contractor oversight and process improvement initiatives.
In January, CMS notified approximately 30,000 Medicare FFS providers and suppliers that they had been randomly selected to participate in the 2010 MCPSS study. As representatives of the more than 1.5 million providers nationwide who serve Medicare beneficiaries across the country, these providers and suppliers have an opportunity to give CMS valuable feedback on their satisfaction, attitudes, perceptions, and opinions about the services provided by their respective contractor.
If you have been notified that you were selected to participate in this study and have not yet done so, CMS is listening and wants to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to go online and complete your survey via a secure online Internet survey tool. Responding online is a convenient, easy, and quick way to provide CMS with your feedback. Survey questionnaires can also be submitted by mail, secure fax, and over the telephone. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
CMS has contracted with SciMetrika, a public health consulting firm, to administer this important survey and report statistical data to CMS. If you received notification that you were selected to participate in the MCPSS study and you no longer have your online survey tool access information or need help accessing the survey tool, please call the MCPSS Provider Helpline at 1-800-835-7012 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
For more information about the MCPSS, please visit the CMS MCPSS website at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MCPSS/, or read the CMS MLN Matters Special Edition article at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE1005.pdf featuring the survey.
CMS urges you to please take a few moments to complete your survey today.

Permanent Medicare Ambulance Relief Bill

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March 3, 2010

Call to Action - We need everyone to contact their Representative and Senator requesting them to co-sponsor this bill.

3. Cosponsors of Permanent Medicare Ambulance Relief Bills
The Medicare Ambulance Access Preservation Act (MAAPA) was introduced in the Senate by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and in the House by Congressmen Richard Neal (D-MA) and Fred Upton (R-MI).  MAAPA would provide a permanent 6% Medicare increase for transports originating in an urban or rural area and permanently extend the bonus base payment of 22.6% for transports originating in super rural areas.  The AAA is currently pushing for extensions of current Medicare ambulance relief as well as encouraging Members of Congress to cosponsor MAAPA.
Current Cosponsors of the MAAPA
Below is a list, current as of today, of members of Congress who have officially been added as cosponsors to MAAPA.
AL: Sen. Jeff Sessions
AR: Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Sen. Mark Pryor
CA: Rep. Devin Nunes
CT: Rep. Rosa DeLauro: Rep. Chris Murphy
GA: Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Johnny Isakson
IA: Sen. Tom Harkin
KS: Sen. Pat Roberts
LA: Sen. Mary Landrieu
ME: Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Michael Michaud
MP: Del. Gregorio Sablan
MA: Sen. John Kerry, Rep. Richard Neal, Rep. James McGovern
MI: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Dale Kildee, Rep. Bart Stupak, Rep. Mark Schauer
MN: Sen. Amy Klobuchar
MS: Sen. Thad Cochran
MO: Sen. Kit Bond
MT: Sen. Jon Tester
NV: Rep. Shelley Berkley
NJ: Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Rep. Steven Rothman, Rep. Albio Sires
NY: Sen. Charles Schumer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Paul Tonko
NH: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
ND: Sen. Kent Conrad, Sen. Byron Dorgan
OH: Rep. Patrick Tiberi
OR: Rep. Peter DeFazio
PA: Rep. Jim Gerlach, Rep. Tim Murphy, Rep. Tim Holden
RI: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. James Langevin
SD: Rep. Stephanie Sandlin Herseth
VT: Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Peter Welch
WA: Rep. Doc Hastings
WV: Rep. Nick Rahall
WI: Rep. Steve Kagen

KAPA Providers Reception

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February 24, 2010

By Jamey Locke
Kentucky Ambulance Providers Reception

Paducah

Please place on your calendar the “Providers Reception” to be held on February 24, 2010 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort. This meeting is designed to allow providers to network with one another and to discuss issues and legislation occurring in EMS.

The event will be located in the Caucus Room and will begin at 6:00 PM. Please attend and bring a colleague. Also please invite your local Representative and Senator.

The menu will be excellent as always and the friendships that are developed will last a lifetime! I look forward to seeing each of you there.

Kentucky EMS Line of Duty Death bill introduced

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December 19, 2009

FRANKFORT — Rep. David Floyd pre-filed a bill in the Kentucky House yesterday that would extend the state line of duty death benefit to any emergency responder volunteering for or employed by a licensed ambulance service, when the emergency responder dies in the line of duty.

The Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association's Legislative Committee, chaired by Joe Prewitt, has been working with Rep. Floyd on this bill since last year. During the 2008 Legislative Session, the bill was amended and never made it out of committee. Last year's attempt included other public safety groups, but this year their focus is only on ambulance responders.

The bill can be read here: BR 494

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