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Where Would We Be Without You?

This year more than ever, I’ve wondered where we would be without the world of EMS and first responders. From man-made tragedies where shootings occurred in schools and a place of worship to the opioid crisis, you were there. Non-emergency and emergency providers of all kinds responded to t...

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Wow! Coverage for Treat, No Transport AND Air Transports

Insurance reimbursement as we’ve always known it is changing. Services we never dreamed would be covered or included “in network” will now receive reimbursement from commercial payers. Let’s talk about what has happened and what it may mean for ground and air providers. ...

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Happy Birthday, America!

We wish a very happy July 4th holiday to all our clients and friends!   To first responders, firefighters and EMS personnel everywhere, it is our fervent hope that the only thing you worry about this holiday is how many burgers and hot dogs you can eat and where you will watch fireworks....

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EMS Strong - "Look for the Helpers"

A few months ago, I contacted a client for a scheduled call. She was not available to talk. She had just left for the local high school where there was an active shooter. Her children went to that school. It’s been an incredibly difficult year for EMS. As evident in this picture, ambula...

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EMD Code Needed in Trip Report??

Our recent articles discussed billing and documentation problems prompting a question on our Facebook page, “how vital is it that the EMD code in the CAD gets loaded to the PCR?” (Emergency Dispatch Code in the Computer Aided Dispatch system gets to the Patient Care Report). Is it...

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Millennial EMS - SO Much Better than We Realize!

I attended Thomas Jefferson University’s commencement for their school of health professions this week. While there, I saw tireless dedication and passion for healthcare among the graduates. Dr. Debra Joy Perez, the marvelous commencement speaker noted that people graduating today face worl...

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Managing Medicare Managed Care

One of the most frequent questions I get has to do with working with Medicare managed care – how are services covered, what to do in the appeal process and how to cope with those co-pays. Medicare Advantage, or Medicare Part C, currently represents about 30% of the Medicare population. As o...

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Springsteen & E Street Band Idea for EMS Problems

Need better reimbursement, CP assistance and recognition for what you do --- join your state or regional ambulance association! Let the “E Street Band” and PA, AZ, AR, OH and CA show us why this is such a good idea. I’m a fan of Bruce Springsteen and his band. Guitarist (and...

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Holiday Time EMS Update

Thanks to this month's LEAD EMS article from Holdsworth, this holiday season brings you Maggie Adams's latest article, "ACA One Year Later - What has Changed for EMS?" http://www.holdsworth.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LEAD-EMS-Newsletter-V02-I08-EMSLI.pdf   &...

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2014 Essentials

It’s time to prepare 2014 budgets which means air and ground ambulance services need add extra oomph to their plans.  Due to changes coming from the Affordable Care Act, we already know that patients will be bouncing among payers. We also anticipate that more people will be insured lea...

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What's in a name?

Welcome to EMS Financial Services, Inc. In the good ole days in the ambulance industry, we worried about how many transports were performed a year, was a claim created for every trip, did the billing process get done with compliance and was every claim resolved, Reimbursement was the name of ...

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