Thursday - July 25 - 8:00 am - 8:45 am
Several agencies across the country have successfully worked with payers to change how EMS services are reimbursed. From funding community paramedicine, to paying for care rather than simply transport, there are many opportunities for improvements in how EMS is paid for. In this session, two leaders in the national effort to advocate for a transformation in how private and public insurers fund EMS will provide an update on the latest efforts to bring the industry together and agree on a Medicare payment reform structure and effect policy change in Washington. As vice president of government relations and reimbursement for Acadian Ambulance, Asbel Montes has spent many years working with elected officials and policymakers on EMS finance issues. Brenda Staffan, chief operating officer for integrated services for the Regional EMS Authority in Reno, Nevada, led the agency’s successful Community Health and Health Care Innovation Award grant programs.