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QMC EMS | Board & Collar
8 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
Episode #182: Show Me the Money
Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) is one of the greatest superheroes of the past few years. Demanding times have put significant stress on the healthcare system across the US. An area that was positively impacted and one proved to be a true asset to the community and treatment of patients was MIH. Treatment of patients in their home continues to make a difference in healthcare today. An exciting piece of this treatment is the opportunity to get reimbursed for these services. Please join me to discuss MIH billing and reimbursement in today's session of the QMC EMS|Board & Collar. Presented by: Kimberly Sutton, RN, BSN, CMTE Client Success Manager II Quick Med Claims
11 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
Episode #181: Ambulance Inflation Factor...Good Vibrations or Just Another One-Hit Wonder?
CMS has announced an historic Ambulance Inflation Factor for 2023. Will the largest Medicare payment adjustment in AIF history actually benefit us or will Congress rain on our parade? We break it all down in this latest episode of the QMC EMS Board and Collar podcast. Featuring: Chuck Humphrey
9 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
Episode #180: Can Someone Please Throw Us A Life Preserver...Pullllease?
ALERT- Extend the Extenders! Once again the ambulance industry has to beg to retain important Medicare dollars. We talk about this and sound a call to action in this latest edition of the QMC EMS Board and Collar podcast. Download this important episode right now!! Presenters: Chuck Humphrey
30 minutes | May 10, 2022
Episode #179: Excuse My Medic (EM2) Salute to National EMS Week 2022
Welcome to an abbreviated edition of EM2. With National EMS Week approaching May 15-21, 2022, Chuck and Gary wanted to take a moment and give thanks to those of you who serve and relate our deep appreciation for the work you do 52 weeks a year - not just this nationally-recognized week. Download this episode and take a listen as Chuck and Gary deep-dive with much gratitude toward this most worthy profession. Your Hosts: Chuck Humphrey and Gary Harvat
28 minutes | Apr 16, 2022
Episode #178: 10 Questions | 30 Minutes - Topton Community Ambulance, Topton, Pennsylvania
Welcome to QMC's 10Q30 EMS Leadership profile. This month, we are featuring Topton Community Ambulance from Topton, Pennsylvania. Joining us is Chief of EMS, Mike Richards. Chief Richards provided much insight into his organization and how it manages and responds to many of today's issues that affect EMS across our nation. Jump in on this one and take a listen to Mike's thought-provoking responses to our questions. It's a 10Q that is worthy of your listen, trust us. Your Host: Gary Harvat, QMC's Vice President of Client Success
50 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
Episode #177: Excuse My Medic (April 14, 2022)
The team is back at it once again as we embark on a new edition of Excuse My Medic (EM2) for 2022. The old guys are ready to go and bring you a great program filled with great information as well as some fun and light-hearted moments. This episode includes Chuck, Ed and Gary engaging in some offbeat verbiage from the 60s and 70s along with news, information and of course, the treasured EMS Word of the Day. Also, in this episode we have a guest joining us...I know, who would really want to join these old-timers, right? Nonetheless, we've got Martha Peribonio, Executive Director, from the National Association of Mobile Integrated Healthcare Providers, joining the session. Martha will discuss her organization and her role with along with how her organization is promoting MIH in the EMS industry. You'll enjoy what Martha conveys during this session and learn much about her organization's mission. Join us as the guys from EMS past go off on a few tangents and have some fun along the way. Your Hosts: Chuck Humphrey, Ed Marasco and Gary Harvat
8 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Episode #176: BAA BAA Black Sheep - The HIPAA Business Associates Agreement (BAA) Not Your Childhood Nursery Rhyme
How long has it been since you’re reviewed your EMS agency’s HIPAA Business Associate Agreements? Do you even know what a BAA is? It’s time to blow off the dust on this important compliance subject. Join our dusty old guy, Chuck Humphrey, in a discussion on the topic. Bring along some Kleenex because you’re gonna sneeze!!
7 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
Episode #175: Chug It - Prior Authorization for Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergency Ambulance Transports with a PCS Chaser.
The Medicare ground ambulance Prior Authorization process for Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergency Ambulance Transports (RSNATs) is expanding to all states in the U.S. But there is a bit of confusion regarding the required Physicians Certification Statement (PCS) and the Prior Authorization period that we’ll attempt to clear up in this edition of the EMS Board and Collar Podcast. QMC Compliance Team members Rebecca Illig and Chuck Humphrey share their thoughts on the subject.
8 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
Episode #174: This Ain’t Some Late Night Talk Show - Properly Managing Critical Conversations
Everyone is so tense today. The social climate we live in be it the pandemic, inflation, politics…you name it….it get’s to us and causes us to have some very critical conversations. In this episode, we take a look at some practical ways that we all can manage those inevitable critical conversations. Presenter: Chuck Humphrey
9 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Episode #173: You Keep Repeating Yourself - Understanding the Pre-Auths Behind Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergent Transports
The expansion of the Medicare Fee-for-Service Prior Authorization for Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergency Ambulance Transports (RSNATs) is happening right now! Ambulance services in some expansion states are already experiencing the effects of this program. In this podcast episode we explore where the expansion has already happened, where will it happen next and most importantly we provide insight into how your ambulance service can prepare for what’s coming next! Presenter: Chuck Humphrey
8 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
Episode #172: Dance with Who Brought Ya’ - The Important Role of Mentors
Their importance is under-rated and they are needed in every profession of today's workforce. Mentors serve as the key learning element for every job whether it's EMS, a beauty shop, welder's supply or car dealer. Professional life without mentors would bring America's business world to a screeching halt. Today, we explore the importance of mentors in emergency medical services and the key role they play in giving new personnel the tools they need to perform their role in the most trying of circumstances. Take a read and remember to always thank and dance with who brought ya'.
41 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
Episode #171: Excuse My Medic (December 17, 2021)
Welcome to the the Holiday edition of Excuse My Medic (EM2). We blanket a few key topics today including an update on the No Surprises Act hot off the presses, additional information on managing Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergent Transports and more. Along the way we share a few laughs and pay tribute to all those working this Holiday Season. Join in for some informative conversation and some fun ribbing that you will be sure to enjoy. Happy Holidays from the EM2 team. Your Hosts: Chuck Humphrey, Ed Marasco and Gary Harvat
28 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Episode #170: A Survivor‘s Story
Join Chuck, Gary and Ed as we speak with Craig Partee, the 2021 Association of Air Medical Services Patient of the Year, along with Nina D. from Mercy Flight Central in New York. Join us as we discuss the fateful day when Craig had a barn roof collapse on top of him pinning him under wood, metal and debris for an extended period of time. Craig and Nina will take you through the harrowing moments that followed and how Craig survived and recovered from the injuries he sustained in June of 2020. Hear how Craig has now devoted his "hobby" of NASCAR racing and much of his life to making sure people across the country understand the importance of emergency medical services (EMS) in their respective communities. It's an episode you won't want to miss. Presenter: Chuck Humphrey, Gary Harvat, Ed Marasco
51 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Episode #169: 10 Questions | 30 Minutes: Wolcott Volunteer Ambulance Association, Wolcott, CT
We visit with the Leadership Team from Wolcott Volunteer Ambulance Association in Wolcott, CT. Join us as we pose ten questions to them regarding their organization on topics that affect EMS across our nation. Take a listen about their dedicated team, their community and their commitment to always providing top-notch emergency medical care over their decades of service. Join Gary and Chuck along with the Wolcott team of Chief Bill Barratt and Deputy Chiefs Peter Kaminsky and Andrew Albert as they respond to our 10 questions in 30 minutes (10Q30). A great session with comments from leaders of a very proud and innovative organization. Join us! Presenters: Gary Harvat, Chuck Humphrey
9 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
Episode #168: Wonder Why My Back Hurts?
Take a quick, and somewhat light-hearted, look back with Gary as he recalls EMS life at a much different time. Today's changing technology, advanced medical improvements and innovations in pre-hospital care have him remembering when resources were few. Overall, his look back leaves him with a better understanding as to why his back hurts today. Presenter: Gary Harvat
62 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
Episode #167: Balloons, Unicorns and Rainbows - It‘s A Surprise Billing Legislation Update
Join Ed, Chuck and Gary with Ed doing the heavy-lifting on this update to the Surprise Billing Legislation. It's a very fluid situation that everyone in the ground and air EMS business needs to pay strict attention. Tune in as we provide an overview and take questions from our audience. Hear it, absorb it and folks, fair warning here...be ready for it. This is an hour of your time well spent. Download and be updated now. Presenter: Ed Marasco, Gary Harvat, Chuck Humphrey
51 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Episode #166: Excuse My Medic Pod Magazine (November 9, 2021)
Welcome to the November 2021 edition of Excuse My Medic (EM2). We cover a few key items in our broadcast this day including short segments on Surprise Billing legislation, Repetitive Scheduled Non Emergency Ambulance Transports and more. Tune in as we look back as to why the collective backs of these three old guys hurt as they do from our days in the street and join in as we pay tribute to medical advances and of course, our Veterans. It's a great show. Stop by and enjoy. Your Hosts: Chuck Humphrey, Ed Marasco and Gary Harvat
8 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Episode #165: Just in Time for Halloween...Are There Skeletons In Your OIG Exclusion List Closet?
One person not properly vetted before hiring cost a whopping $371,000 in paybacks, recently, for a hospital system. Could your ambulance service be paying back big dollars, next? We sure hope not. Learn more about this in this episode of the QMC EMS Board and Collar podcast. Presenter: Chuck Humphrey
10 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Episode #164: Hey Boss, Are We Really Getting a Raise?
CMS has announced the Ambulance Inflation Factor (AIF) for 2022- the second highest percentage in the history of the AIF! But, will government sequestration rain on our parade? We will explore this topic further in this edition of the QMC EMS | Board & Collar. Presenter: Chuck Humphrey
7 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Episode #163: Nothing more than an Ambulance Driver...Why?
Why is it that this profession has now existed for multiple decades and the public still refers to us as good ole "Ambulance Drivers?" Is it really the public's fault, the media or could it be our fault - those of us who work in the EMS industry? No, can't be, can't be our fault. Well, may be it is and our charge is to do better. We will explore this topic further in this edition of the QMC EMS | Board & Collar. Presenter: Gary Harvat
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