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
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.
Troy M. Hagen, CEO
Care Ambulance Service®
NEMSMA Board Member