Knowing that Congress would soon require ambulance services to provide their data under Medicare, the AAA spearheaded successful efforts on Capitol Hill to direct CMS to survey a random sample of ambulance service providers and suppliers to collect data from the industry. Ambulance services are unique amongst health care sectors and CMS does not traditionally use a survey to collect data from providers and suppliers. CMS turned to Acumen, a well-respected health care policy research and analytics firm, to assist in the development of the survey and the parameters of the ambulance data collection system.
AAA Regulatory Counsel Kathy Lester has been involved since day one with the efforts of the AAA on data collection and will present with representatives of Acumen on the intricacies of the ambulance data collection system. CMS has notified ambulance service providers and suppliers who were selected in year one to furnish their data. It is expected that CMS will release the web-based version of the tool around the time of the conference.
The session will be an opportunity for those organizations that were selected in year one to hear firsthand before they submit their data from individuals who helped create the tool. It is expected that all ambulance service providers and suppliers will be required to provide their data within the next three years, so the session will also give other individuals a preview of what to expect when they are selected.