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Episode #149:  For Amber Waves of Grain - The American Rescue Plan EMS Overview

Episode #149: For Amber Waves of Grain - The American Rescue Plan EMS Overview

March 17, 2021

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Last week, the United States Congress passed the American Rescue Plan legislation.  This $1.9 trillion package has some potential game-changing implications for the ambulance industry.  Check out what this legislation entails (or doesn't entail) and how it may affect your organization during the remaining days of the pandemic.  

 Presenter:  Chuck Humphrey and Gary Harvat

 

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Episode #148:  Throw a Hot Towel On It - The 1135 Blanket Waiver

Episode #148: Throw a Hot Towel On It - The 1135 Blanket Waiver

March 5, 2021

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What is an 1135 Waiver?  This COVID-19 Pandemic has dropped some interesting questions into our billing company lap.  In this episode, we talk about the philosophy behind one of the blanket waivers and provide some practical application steps that every billing office should take before moving forward.  Take a breath, pump the breaks and give a listen to this timely subject matter.  We're glad you're here.

 Presenter:  Chuck Humphrey

 

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Episode #147:   Pay Up (or else): Re-Paying the Medicare Accelerated Payments

Episode #147: Pay Up (or else): Re-Paying the Medicare Accelerated Payments

March 2, 2021

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Do you remember applying for and receiving the Medicare Accelerated Payment triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic?  Well, for most of you it’s been almost 1 year from the day that you received the advance.  Now, the government wants their money back!  In this edition of the QMC EMS Board and Collar podcast we take a quick look at what the repayment process looks like and what you, as an ambulance administrator, can expect to happen next.  PLUS!  There’s some late breaking potentially good news for the ambulance industry within the walls of the U.S. Senate Chambers.  You’ll want to be sure to listen to the end of our broadcast when we share what we know today.  We pack a lot of STUFF into this roughly 9-minute episode…so download it now.  Don’t miss it!!

 Presenter:  Chuck Humphrey

 

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Episode #146: Long In the Tooth and Short On Plans…Succession Planning at Your EMS Organization

Episode #146: Long In the Tooth and Short On Plans…Succession Planning at Your EMS Organization

February 22, 2021

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EMS is a relatively young profession and some of the challenges faced by our community today are “old world problems” for many of our peers around the healthcare and public safety sectors. As the early leaders in our profession approach their golden years, the question of future leadership looms large as we face substantial clinical, operational, and financial challenges. As a community, we pride ourselves on preparation and planning, along with the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances. It is the nature of our work.

 Presenter:  Ed Marasco 

 

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Episode #145:  Excuse My Medic Pod Magazine (February 19, 2021)

Episode #145: Excuse My Medic Pod Magazine (February 19, 2021)

February 22, 2021

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EM2A.pngWelcome to the February 2021 edition of Excuse My Medic (EM2).  We have a great show for this month's segment and to boot, a guest presenter joining our team this time around to discuss new legislation in the State of Georgia that may affect our industry as it relates to surprise ambulance billing.  Yes, it's in Georgia for the moment but pay close attention as the matter is being closely scrutinized across the country.  Our thanks to Adam Patterson for detailing this for us. 

Also, along the way tune in for News of the EMS Offbeat as we have a couple of stories along with our EMS Word of the Day that will have you shaking your head and laughing at the banter. All in all, a great segment and we're glad you chose to join the three old EMS guys for this round of Excuse My Medic.  

Your Hosts:  Chuck Humphrey, Ed Marasco and Gary Harvat

Episode #144:  Ten Questions In 30 Minutes Featuring Bellmore-Merrick EMS (Long Island, NY)

Episode #144: Ten Questions In 30 Minutes Featuring Bellmore-Merrick EMS (Long Island, NY)

February 10, 2021

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10Q30logo_fw_png.pngWelcome to QMC's 10Q30 EMS Leadership profile.  This month, we are featuring the leadership team from Bellmore-Merrick EMS based in Long Island, NY.  Tune in to hear their take on how Bellmore-Merrick leadership is addressing many issues in their service area which are also affecting EMS nationwide. 

Bellmore-Merrick is New York State's Ambulance Service of the year and getting there was not an easy task for them over the years. Hear about their challenges and innovations that have taken place within this organization that has led them to be the standout agency they are today.  Ten Questions in 30 Minutes...you won't be disappointed.  Download this great episode today!

 Your Host:  Gary Harvat

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Episode #143: Tale of Two Studies

Episode #143: Tale of Two Studies

January 27, 2021

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Two of the biggest studies to impact EMS have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In this episode we’ll talk about how the pandemic put a pause on ET3 and Cost Data Collection, dig into what’s good and bad about the interruptions, plus complain about bad decisions in Washington.

  Presenter:  Chuck Humphrey 

 

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Episode #142:  Promoting Your EMS Organization

Episode #142: Promoting Your EMS Organization

January 26, 2021

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Join Paul Furiga, President and Chief Storyteller from WordWrite (www.wordwritepr.com), based in Pittsburgh, PA.,  as he discusses the important elements you should consider in promoting your EMS organization.  Paul shares a wealth of information from his deeply-detailed background in public relations and provides great food for thought. This informative episode should prove quite useful given the challenges that EMS constantly faces in justifying and promoting their organization to the communities they serve. Don't miss out on this great Board & Collar offering folks.      

 Presenter:  Paul Furiga and Gary Harvat (Moderator)

 

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Episode #141: Excuse My Medic (December 18, 2020)

Episode #141: Excuse My Medic (December 18, 2020)

December 18, 2020

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EM2A.pngWelcome to the December 2020 edition of Excuse My Medic (EM2).  Lots happening in our EMS world at present including a vaccine that will hopefully, save millions of lives and make our life in the street a bit easier.  Additionally, we will explore new information on a proposed compromise legislation for  surprise ambulance billing currently under Congressional review. Stick around for the fun-filled EMS Word of the Day as well as several offbeat EMS stories for some grins along the way.  Lots of holiday laughs and great information.  Stick around and tune in.  

 

Your Hosts:  Chuck Humphrey, Ed Marasco and Gary Harvat

Episode #140:  Finally, A Shot in the Arm - COVID-19 Vaccine Update (What EMS Organizations Need to Know)

Episode #140: Finally, A Shot in the Arm - COVID-19 Vaccine Update (What EMS Organizations Need to Know)

December 18, 2020

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Well, it's here and let's hope there's a shining light at the end of the tunnel.  The first COVID-19 immunization has been approved, shipped and now being administered to the front line.  Are you making this mandatory with people from your organization?  Are you considering serving as a mass immunizer in your community. Lots of things to consider here so tune in and here the latest from the guys at QMC who keep their ears close to the pulse of this well needed, shot in the arm.  

 Presenter:  Chuck Humphrey 

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Episode #139:  Thanksgiving Thoughts for Those Who Fight the Good Fight During this Great American Holiday

Episode #139: Thanksgiving Thoughts for Those Who Fight the Good Fight During this Great American Holiday

November 23, 2020

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Pause.  Reflect.  Give Thanks.  Our thoughts for those of you on the front lines this Thanksgiving 2020.  One to remember but still much to be thankful for today, tomorrow and for years to come.

 

 Presenter:  Chuck Humphrey 

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Episode #138:  Excuse My Medic with Special Guest Steve Wirth

Episode #138: Excuse My Medic with Special Guest Steve Wirth

November 6, 2020

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EM2A.pngWelcome to the November 2020 edition of Excuse My Medic (EM2).  We've got a program that you will be telling your grandkids and neighbors about for years to come, trust me.  Joining us for this episode is our good friend Steve Wirth from the National EMS Law Firm of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC. Steve joins us to discuss something near and dear to every EMS professional...documentation.  Steve reviews the Top Ten (a la Late Night with David Letterman) documentation errors that he has seen over his years.  Don't miss Steve's talk along with some backseat banter from the EM2 regulars. You're gonna like this, guaranteed. 

We also have Positive EMS as well as the EMS Word of the Day and Offbeat EMS Stories.  So, tune in for some great information and fun along the way.  We have to keep laughing folks and EM2 is your prescription.  

Your Hosts:  Chuck Humphrey, Ed Marasco and Gary Harvat
Special Guest:  Steve Wirth, Esq.  

Episode #137:  Not a Red Ryder BB Gun but it’s a Holiday Gift come early from the Fed Santa (Kinda)

Episode #137: Not a Red Ryder BB Gun but it’s a Holiday Gift come early from the Fed Santa (Kinda)

October 30, 2020

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It’s not a new bicycle, video game or even a Barbie doll…but to the ambulance industry the announcement of the Ambulance Inflation Factor (AIF) is typically an early Christmas gift for us!  If you’re an ambulance billing geek, it’s time to unwrap this present as we roll out the 2021 Medicare Fee Schedule adjustment to you in this edition of the QMC EMS Board & Collar Podcast!

 

 Presenter:  Chuck Humphrey 

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Episode #136:  Boss, Any Chance I Can Have an Advance, Please?  The Advance Payment Program and More

Episode #136: Boss, Any Chance I Can Have an Advance, Please? The Advance Payment Program and More

October 8, 2020

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There is good news for the EMS industry on the pandemic front.  Repayment of the Accelerated/Advance Medicare payments has been delayed.  Wait, something that actually benefits EMS? Goodness, how did this happen? Who cares, but we will take it.   Download this episode to find out the details!

 

 Presenter:  Chuck Humphrey 

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Episode #135:  A Little of This…A Little of That… EMS Regulatory Update.

Episode #135: A Little of This…A Little of That… EMS Regulatory Update.

October 1, 2020

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There a number of perfect storms colliding in the EMS industry right now and you need to be in the loop for the betterment of your organization.  These include updates on:  ET3, CARES Stimulus Reporting, Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program, Prior Authorization for Repetitive Patients and more. Come along as we jam 10 pounds into a 5 pound bag.

 Moderator:  Gary Harvat | Presenter:  Chuck Humphrey 

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Episode #134: Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream It Ain’t - Dealing with Rejections and Denials

Episode #134: Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream It Ain’t - Dealing with Rejections and Denials

September 11, 2020

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Do you know your ambulance claims and ice cream share descriptions?  Do your claims need a bath when they are dirty to make them clean?  Download this episode to learn more about rejections and denials!  We're glad you're here

 Written and Presented by:  Chuck Humphrey 

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Episode #133:  Chasing Cats in the Dark - Managing EMS Accounts Receivable Life Cycles

Episode #133: Chasing Cats in the Dark - Managing EMS Accounts Receivable Life Cycles

September 9, 2020

 

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Now more than ever, managing your organization's Accounts Receivables has never been more important.  It takes a constant and watchful eye and is so incredibly important in this COVID world we live today.  Many EMS organizations across the country are suffering terribly from declining call-volume, low funding and even more challenging reimbursement patterns.  Join Brigit Battaglia, Director of QMC's Process Design and Optimization as she provides some helpful facts and tips about this important subject matter.  It's like herding cats in the dark but you can do it.

 Written and Presented by:  Brigit Battaglia

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Episode #132:  Excuse My Medic Pod Magazine (August 27, 2020)

Episode #132: Excuse My Medic Pod Magazine (August 27, 2020)

August 27, 2020

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EM2A.pngWelcome to the August 2020 edition of Excuse My Medic (EM2). Well, this is an episode you shouldn't miss.  The EM2 Team takes a closer look at new HHS funding opportunities available under Phase 2 of the CARES Act as well as other key information

Along with some great information on funding, we also have a great time with Positive EMS stories as well as the EMS Word of the Day and offbeat news from the world of emergency medical services.  Join us for great information and some belly laughs as well.  We have to keep laughing folks and EM2 is your prescription.  Have at it and thanks for joining us on this episode.    

Your Hosts:  Chuck Humphrey, Ed Marasco and Gary Harvat

Episode #131:  Promises in the Dark - HHS Funding Phase 2 Figured Out….Hopefully!

Episode #131: Promises in the Dark - HHS Funding Phase 2 Figured Out….Hopefully!

August 25, 2020

 

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We explore HHS COVID-19 Funding Phase 2.  While the components and regulations are a bit complex, we sort through it all and provide a sound understanding to help you determine if your organization is eligible to apply for the next level of COVID-19 funding.  While I think they like to keep us guessing and in the dark, we have it figured out in this Board & Collar episode.  

 Presented by:  Chuck Humphrey and Gary Harvat

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Episode #130: Not a Party with a Cake but it is a Surprise…Surprise Medical Billing.

Episode #130: Not a Party with a Cake but it is a Surprise…Surprise Medical Billing.

August 10, 2020

 

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We continue to explore the issue of surprise medical billing affecting the nation's EMS industry.  Lots of news, lots of discussion, coupled with confusion and some frustration along the way.  Join QMC's Vice President of Business Development, Ed Marasco as he sorts through the clutter and explains this complicated subject matter.

 Written by:  Ed Marasco
Presented by: Ed Marasco

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Episode #129:  10 Questions | 30 Minutes  - Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

Episode #129: 10 Questions | 30 Minutes - Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

July 16, 2020

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10Q30logo_fw_png.pngWelcome to QMC's 10Q30 EMS Profile.  This month, we are featuring the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network Ambulance Service from Boston, Massachusetts. Sean Kukauskus, Ambulance Director for Spaulding joins us to answer 10 critical questions affecting EMS organizations nationally. Hear Sean's well-thought 
responses and how he is leading his great team.   Among items discussed are how Sean and his team are working through the COVID-19 world and keeping his everyone safe and highly functional.  Tune into this very informative 10Q as we know you will find the information and Sean's answers to our questions quite informative and thought-provoking.    

 

  Your Host:  Gary Harvat

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Episode #128: Cost Data Collection - The Workin’ Man (Part II) - Wages, Salaries, Benefits and More Fun Stuff Associated with Staffing

Episode #128: Cost Data Collection - The Workin’ Man (Part II) - Wages, Salaries, Benefits and More Fun Stuff Associated with Staffing

June 27, 2020

 

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In this episode we continue our discussion pertaining to Section 7 of the CMS Cost Data Reporting Instrument with a discussion about Section 7.1 and the reporting of costs associated with Paid Staff within your organization.  It’s a dollars and cents discussion of hourly wages, salaries and benefits, including the number of hours worked by individuals for the annual reporting period and with a few cautions to add along the way.  We go deeper into the Section 7 jungle and we’re glad that you’re joining on this Cost Data Collection safari!

 Written by:  C. Humphrey
Presented by: C. Humphrey

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Episode #127: Excuse My Medic Pod Magazine  (June 26, 2020)

Episode #127: Excuse My Medic Pod Magazine (June 26, 2020)

June 27, 2020

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EM2A.pngWelcome to the June 2020 edition of Excuse My Medic (EM2).  Today's EM2 provides an insightful recap of where we we are as we hopefully, head out of this pandemic (God Willing).  What kind of destruction is now in our rear view mirror which we are forced to recover from for months, if not years to come.  The EM2 Team takes a closer look.  

It's also a time to laugh.  It's a pretty serious world out there right now and we've taken a few moments that will provide a bit of a respite and bring a brighter spot to your day.  These guys got each other going pretty good during this episode so be sure to take part and enjoy. Laugh along with us as we verbally loft a few jabs at  each other with the EMS Word of the Day and some outright zany/bizarre EMS stories from around the country.     

So, come along with the ole guys and enjoy this edition of EM2. Hey, stay safe out there!

Your Hosts:  Chuck Humphrey, Ed Marasco and Gary Harvat

Episode:#126: The Almighty Grant Dollar and COVID-19:  Funding Update for Emergency Medical Services

Episode:#126: The Almighty Grant Dollar and COVID-19: Funding Update for Emergency Medical Services

May 22, 2020

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Join QMC's Panel of Experts as we look at the different funding sources currently available to EMS organizations in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  It's confusing and at times, frustrating but if you know the ropes, the funding can benefit and assist your organization during these challenging times.  

Presented by:  Chuck Humphrey, Ed Marasco, Celeste Plunkett and Gary Harvat

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Episode #125: FAQs from Us to You: COVID-19 Funding, Reimbursement and Other Stuff that Keeps you Awake at Night!

Episode #125: FAQs from Us to You: COVID-19 Funding, Reimbursement and Other Stuff that Keeps you Awake at Night!

April 28, 2020

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Join us as we answer your plaguing (sorry, shouldn't use plaguing) questions about funding and more. It's ninety minutes of every COVID-19 funding question you ever wondered about but never had the chance to ask.  We assembled a great panel of EMS professionals and hopefully, we can give you answers that will both satisfy your palate and sooth your nerves.  Join the guys from Excuse My Medic along with Compliance and Billing experts as we answer your questions.  Inquiring minds want to know and this show brings answers to those inquiries.  

Presented by:  Ed Marasco
Written by:  Ed Marasco
Moderated by:  Gary Harvat
Featuring:  Mary Craig and Monica DePaul
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