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  • May 22, 2017 9:25 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    43rd Annual EMS Week
    “Always In Service”
    May 21–27, 2017

    Each year, EMS Week celebrates the contributions of EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and other EMS professionals to their communities. Thank you for your service!

  • May 19, 2017 9:03 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, Ground Vehicle Standard Division (CAAS-GVS) will be holding an open forum for organizations involved in the remounting of ambulances. The intent of this meeting is to identify and establish a dialogue with FSAMs and third party Remounters of ambulances in an effort to collect information that may be used in an identified project to create standards for the ambulance remount industry.

    Any organization with interest in this topic is invited to attend, including ambulance builders, remounters, regulators, customers and component/material vendors.

    CAAS GVS Remount Forum
    June 7, 2017
    NEW LOCATION: Harris Conference Center
    Charlotte, NC
    Register Now►

  • May 17, 2017 11:51 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    On Friday, May 12 th , the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) announced its intent to submit a Request to Amend the MassHealth Section 1115 Demonstration to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 26, 2017 and related State Plan Amendments (SPAs) thereafter. The Demonstration Amendment Request outlines the specific authorities being requested from CMS to ensure the sustainability of the MassHealth program while retaining access for vulnerable populations. Specifically, the Demonstration Amendment seeks authority to limit non-emergency transportation in the MassHealth CarePlus program, except for transportation to substance use disorder (SUD) services, to modify eligibility criteria for provisional eligibility, and to continue existing coverage of certain former foster care youth. Related SPAs addressing these changes will also be submitted pursuant to CMS requirements. 

    EOHHS will accept comments on the proposed Demonstration Amendment including the related SPAs (collectively the “proposed Amendment”) through June 12, 2017. The proposed Amendment; details on where to submit comments; and additional relevant information are available at http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/masshealth/masshealth-and-health-care-reform.html . 

  • May 17, 2017 7:22 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    The MAA board is proud to present members with many more education opportunities in 2017 than in any previous year! Check out our list of upcoming events to find workshops to fit every member of your team. Go Now►

  • March 29, 2017 12:47 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)
    Today ambulance fleet gurus from across Massachusetts gathered to discuss key issues tied to keeping service rolling. What an enormous collection of expertise under one roof!

    (Thanks to Scott Moore of EMS Resource Advisors, LLC for the snapshot, which is also posted to Facebook.)

  • March 10, 2017 4:56 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Yesterday's MAA Annual Dinner & Legislator of the Year Ceremony was an elegant networking event attended by more than 90 ambulance leaders from across the state. Attendees mingled, dined, and discussed current industry issues, then honored State Representative Geoff Diehl as 2016 Legislator of the Year.

     Representative Diehl has shown longstanding commitment to a variety of issues impacting ambulance services and their ability to continue providing their communities with excellent healthcare.

    View event photos on Facebook►

  • March 08, 2017 8:19 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    ZOLL will host a free webinar on "Phrases of Rejection—Words That Lead to Denied Claims" on March 16. 

    Phrases of Rejection—Words That Lead to Denied Claims
    March 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET
    Speaker: Steve Johnson, PWW
    1 NAAC CEU

    Register Now►

  • February 28, 2017 1:56 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    US News & World Reports recently ranked Massachusetts as the overall best state, and number two in healthcare. Check out the full rankings on their site!

  • February 27, 2017 9:02 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    (from MAA Secretary Sean Patrick Tyler)

    In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. This law requires the removal of Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019. This new initiative is referred to as the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI). The new Medicare card will have a completely different and randomly assigned identifier that will be 11 characters long with a mix of numbers and uppercase letters. This is called the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). Starting around April 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will start mailing out the new Medicare cards in phases, since there are approximately 60 million beneficiaries on Medicare. If a beneficiary is new to Medicare after April 2018, the beneficiary will receive the new MBI Medicare card.

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established a transition period from April 2018 through Dec. 31, 2019. During this transition period, either the current Medicare card or the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier card will be accepted. After Dec. 31, 2019, only the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier card will be accepted.


  • January 27, 2017 3:48 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    The board of the Massachusetts Ambulance Association is proud to announce that Representative Geoff Diehl was selected as the MAA 2016 Legislator of the Year.

    Representative Diehl was chosen as the result of his tireless efforts to ensure continued EMS excellence in the state of Massachusetts. In his own words, "I am proud to support your ambulance companies and EMS services. When my constituents, and the people across the state, have an emergency, I know that there is reliable service on the other end of the phone, ready to help them in an instant. However, that reliability requires a unique commitment and determination. That's why I am always ready to help ambulance and EMS services with the legislative initiatives needed to allow your work to continue unabated. As a community, we are grateful for always being there for us."

    The MAA is deeply grateful for the support of Representative Diehl, and looks forward to formally recognizing him February 9 at the association's Annual Dinner and Legislator of the Year Awards.