Upcoming NEMSMA Board of Directors Election

Ryan Greenberg
NEMSMA Secretary



The National EMS Management Association Board of Directors elections are right around the corner.  Several seats on the Board of Directors come up for election each year.   This year's elections will be held in November with nominations to open on Monday, October 9th, 2017.   

We are looking for engaged EMS leadership who are interested in making a difference on a national level and would like to serve on the NEMSMA Board of Directors.  On October 9th you will see additional communications from NEMSMA regarding qualifications required to run for the Board, responsibilities of Board Members and information on next steps if you are interested in running for an open position.  We encourage all members to review the qualifications and responsibilities and consider becoming more involved in the Association.  

For those who may not be ready to run for the Board of Directors, there are several other roles which need membership participation, such as committee members and committee chairs.  These roles do not require election to the position and if you are interested, or want to find out more about the different possibilities, please feel free to contact the Committee’s Board liaison at any time.  You can find all contact information at the bottom of this e-mail.  

If you have any questions about the election or becoming a committee member, please feel free to reach out to Vince Robbins or Ryan Greenberg at any time.  All of our contact information can be found at this linkà https://www.nemsma.org/index.php/about-nemsma/committees

Action Needed! - Medicare Ambulance Relief

Hello,

In our capacity as members of the American Ambulance Association (AAA) Government Affairs Committee, we are reaching out to AAA member representatives in your state to ask you to contact your members of Congress in support of Medicare ambulance relief. Specifically, if you would ask your Senators to cosponsor the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act (S. 967) and your Representative(s) to cosponsor the Ambulance Medicare Budget and Operations Act (H.R. 3236). With the temporary Medicare ambulance increases sun setting at the end of this year, it is vital that you contact your members of Congress in support of not letting this critical relief expire.

Writing to your members of Congress will only take a few minutes using the AAA online letter writing tool which includes a sample letter already drafted for you. The tool will also help you determine your members of Congress and send the letter for you. To access the tool, please go to: https://ambulance.org/…/permanent-medicare-ambulance-relief/

S. 967 would make the 2% urban, 3% rural and super rural bonus increases permanent, treat ambulance service suppliers more like providers, implement a staggered cost data collection system and improve upon and expand the pilot program on BLS nonemergency dialysis transports. H.R. 3236 is a streamlined bill that would extend the increases for five years and implement a data collection system different from S. 967 and more along the lines of cost reporting used for Medicare providers. The handouts for S. 967 & H.R. 3226 are also linked on the page provided.

Please write to your members of Congress today in support of permanent or at least long-term Medicare ambulance relief.

Thank you in advance for making the contacts.

Sincerely,

Troy M. Hagen, CEO
Care Ambulance Service®

NEMSMA Board Member

Nominations Sought for Dynarex Award - Winners receive $1k or $5k in supplies

Please spread the word about Dynarex’s “First Responder Caring Awards” program, which National EMS Management Association will help judge. We want to hear your stories about a first responder (or group/department) who in recent months has demonstrated the essence of caring or compassion. This can include personnel in EMT, EMS, paramedic, police or fire. Ideally, the stories encompass heroism, exceptional community service, acts of compassion, or demonstrations of the utmost in true caring/commitment to others.

Four regional winners and one national grand prize winner will be selected. Dynarex will award $5,000 in medical supplies to the national winner and $1,000 in supplies to each of the four regional semi-finalists, which can be donated by the winner to their unit/department or to a worthy 501c3 nonprofit (of their choice). Deadline for entries is September 30, 2017 and winners will be announced on October 18, 2017 at the EMS World Expo Show.

Please nominate a colleague (or group/department) today by visiting: http://www.dynarex.com/firstresponderpromo.php

EMS on the Hill Scholarship Recipient EMS Chief Justin Reed

On April 25, EMS on the Hill was held in Washington, D.C. with EMS professionals from across the country coming to meet with their congressional leaders and staff members. Over 250 EMS professionals were in attendance.

NEMSMA was honored to have provided a scholarship to EMS Assistant Chief Justin Reed to attend EMS on the Hill for his first time. Look for a full report about EMS on the Hill and the topics discussed with our elected officials in the June NEMSMA Newsletter written by our scholarship recipient.

EMS on Hill Scholarship 2017

NEMSMA Board Member Ryan Greenberg with
NEMSMA Member & Scholarship Recipient Justin Reed.

EMS Week 2017

It is during this third week of May each year that we stop to recognize all those who have chosen to serve in the emergency medical services field. It is a noble career and demanding of its practitioners. From medical first responders to EMTs, paramedics, administrators, managers and executive leaders, all those who provide the patient care and organizational leadership needed to respond to the urgent need of those suffering acute illness or injury, deserve to be recognized for the dedicated work they perform every day.

Begun in 1974 by then President Gerald Ford, EMS week was always meant to provide a particular time during the year when special acknowledgement would be given by all Americans to the important and difficult job EMS providers do every hour of every day. It is in that spirit I would like to extend the gratitude of the National EMS Management Association to the patient care practitioners of paramedicine throughout the country for their selfless actions and life-saving service. Regardless of their certification level, or scope of practice, these care-givers are the backbone and essential component of our nation’s EMS systems.

Whether career or volunteer, paramedicine practitioners are the people who respond at any time of the day or night, in all kinds of weather and in all sorts of environments, to aid those in need. We salute them for their special service to our society. We thank them for their tireless efforts to help others. And, we extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to each and every one of them.

Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE
President

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