AMBER Cost Collection Software— Coming December, 2019

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AMBER, the Ambulance Cost Data Collection tool commissioned by the American Ambulance Association, built by Square Lines, LLC, has the potential to make your life significantly simpler when it comes to collecting, analyzing, and submitting your cost data to CMS.  AMBER can be especially helpful if you engage your vendors and take advantage of the free API. “The API allows vendors to send data, your data, from their system directly into AMBER, so you don’t have to go looking for it, or run multiple reports and then re-enter that data into AMBER,” explains Aaron Director, AMBER creator and consultant for the AAA. The goal for AMBER was to create an intuitive, user-friendly program that can walk service-directors, billing managers, accountants, or whomever is responsible for cost data collection at your…
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Meet Amber: The Software Must-Have for Cost Data Collection

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The process of Ambulance Cost Data Collection is continuing to move along and, as we move closer to January 2020, a few other important steps are drawing near as well.  Amber, a user-friendly web-based system for entering the federally required data is entering beta-testing phases with a wide-release anticipated later this year. Amber, created exclusively by the American Ambulance Association in conjunction with industry experts, is designed to make cost data collection, and submission of the required data, as painless as possible.  Users of this system will end up with two items: A file that can be submitted to meet agency requirements of cost data collection An ongoing dataset that the American Ambulance Association and policy makers can use as they continue fighting for increased funding for mobile healthcare Wondering…
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Cost Data Collection Is Coming!…and Other Lessons Learned at the Midwest EMS Expo

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“After that session…I am so impressed with the American Ambulance Association and what they’re doing with cost collection!” “I knew cost collection was happening, and that it was kind of a big deal – but I had NO IDEA how much of an impact it could have on the industry if we do not get it right.  We have to start talking to our EMS neighbors so we can all help each other.”  Those are a few of the comments I heard while attendees of the Cost Data Collection workshop held at the 2019 Midwest EMS Expo were exiting their session.  During the all-day workshop, the ACE Faculty spent time explaining what cost data collection is, why it is happening, lessons learned from other industries and what the current timeline…
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Behind the Scenes of Responding to a Call: Breaking Down the Costs of Readiness

Behind the Scenes of Responding to a Call: Breaking Down the Costs of Readiness

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A lot of things need to be in place for an ambulance to respond to a call for service. Equipment needs to be purchased and prepared for use, staff need to be hired, trained, uniformed and credentialed, medications need to be stocked, medical equipment of various shapes, sizes and types put in their place and everything secured safely and appropriately for transport. Once you have a fully stocked, inspected ambulance that is insured and full of fuel you are ready to respond to a call. Do you know your cost of readiness, and how to allocate those costs properly? The next Ambulance Cost Education (ACE) webinar on April 11, How to Allocate Your Cost of Readiness, will help you answer that question confidently. A few categories that may come to…
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A Deeper Look At Utilization Metrics & Service Volume

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When someone asks about your service area, what do you say?  Do you describe it as rural, urban, super rural, or a mix?  Maybe you tell them how many square miles you cover, and how many trucks you staff during peak and off-peak hours to sufficiently cover the area.  These all seem like reasonable ways to answer the question, and most of us could likely come up with without too much difficulty.  Let’s take this one level deeper.  Let us assume you have a mixed service area and at least some of your service area is in a rural, urban and super-rural area.  Would you be able to say how many square miles of your coverage area is rural, urban, or super-rural area?  Are you able to drill down even…
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Utilization Metrics: It Isn’t Apples to Apples

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You have all heard the phrase ‘if you’ve seen one ambulance service, you’ve seen one ambulance service,’ right? Generally speaking, I dislike that phrase. When it comes to ulitization metrics, however, I must admit the phrase fits perfectly. If you were to ask fifty ambulance services for their utilization rate and how they came to that number, you would likely get as many answers back. Some are proud to have a high utilization rate in the eighties or nineties, because they are getting the most out of their staff. Others are boastful about a utilization rate in the middle taking pride in their organization's ability to take care not to overload their crews in a 24-hour shift and still others, maybe a bit sheepishly, report a utilization rate in the…
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Podcast With PAAW: Ambulance Cost Data Collection at the Midwest EMS Expo

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Rebecca Williamson, Chief Compliance Officer for Pafford EMS and Chair of the American Ambulance Association’s Medicare Regulatory Committee and Scott Moore, Esq., HR, and Operations Consultant for the American Ambulance Association join EMS in Wisconsin to talk about the upcoming Cost Data Collection workshop at Midwest EMS Expo.  Midwest EMS Expo is coming up April 25 - 26 in Bloomington, MN, and the regional workshop will be on April 25th.  In this interview, Scott & Rebecca give us a look into the world of ambulance cost data collection, what to expect from the workshop, and who should attend.  For more information, visit www.midwestemsexpo.com.
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Podcast With PAAW: A Discussion About Ambulance Cost Data Collection

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In a podcast hosted by Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin (PAAW), Maria Bianchi, the Executive Director of the American Ambulance Association discusses ambulance cost data collection. Learn what cost collection is, why it is happening, and why ambulance services across the country should care. Listen to the podcast.   Looking for more ambulance cost data collection content? Visit www.ambulancereports.org. You will find both free resources and paid subscriptions are available to fit your budget and help your service prepare for the future of EMS.
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