KAPA Meeting Minutes: July 18, 2013

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Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association
Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Date: July 18, 2013
Meeting Location: Kentucky Community Technical School, Ashland, KY

Board members in attendance:

Region

Board Member  ( = Even Year term)

Present or Absent

At-Large

Kevin Callihan

Present

At-Large

William Dukes 

Present

At-Large

[Vacant]

 

At-Large

John Hultgren (Secretary)

Present

At-Large

Tim Mahone 

Absent

Region 1

Rick Driskill

Present

Region 1

Mark Harrison

Present

Region 1

Troy Walker 

Present

Region 2

Jim Duke (Treasurer)

Present

Region 2

Randy Fathbruckner 

Present

Region 2

Joe Prewitt (Vice President)

Present

Region 3

Joe Bradshaw

Present

Region 3

Billy Duncan

Absent

Region 3

James Hacker 

Present

Region 4

Matt Bryant

Absent

Region 4

David Eldridge

Present

Region 4

Mike Phillips 

Present

Region 5

Robin Barber 

Present

Region 5

Jerry Domidion

Present

Region 5

David Sloane

Absent

Region 6

Tom Adams (President) 

Present

Region 6

Terry Fraley

Present

Region 6

Michael Mason 

Absent


The following items were presented, discussed, and/or acted upon while the board meeting was in order:

Item

Discussion

Action

Call to order

The meeting was called to order at 13:09 EDT by President Tom Adams

 

Invocation

By Joe Bradshaw.

 

Roll Call

By John Hultgren.

 

Determination of Quorum

By John Hultgren:
A quorum of not less than 51% (12) of the Board of Directors for any regular or special meeting was established.

Established

Minutes of last meeting

 

Motion and Second. No discussion. Approved.

Financial/Reimbursement Report

By Jim Duke.

General Account: $98,336.36

Total Members: 138 (128 providers, 10 affiliate)

Motion and Second for financial report. Passed.

Medicaid and Healthcare Reform Report

By Jim Duke.

A discussion on Sequestration was held. Expect the 2% Medicare cut to last through the remainder of this year.

A permanent Medicare fix was discussed and a related bill is slowly making its way through Congress.

Poor Medicaid reimbursement was discussed. This is not a Medicaid MCO issue, but rather a state issue since they set the rates. Mr. Duke proposed obtaining a law firm to set up meetings and discussions with Kentucky state government. Different ways to approach this issue were discussed by the board members.

Mr. Duke proposed creating a work group to collect information and help moderate to make any recommendations happen. Discussion and motion.

Healthcare Reform is changing almost daily. The employer mandate has already been pushed back a year. It is still early to try to anticipate how reform will ultimately look.

Some points of concern submitted by Linda Basham were presented to the board and discussed.

Motion made to create the Medicaid reimbursement work group. Second. Passed.

Legislative Report

By Joe Prewitt.

Three administrative regulations have passed through their public hearings.

For the next Legislative session, there is only one pre-filed bill at this time that may be of interest to EMS.

 

KBEMS Report

By Executive Director Mike Poynter and Deputy Director Charles O’Neal.

KBEMS has moved into their new offices in Lexington at 118 James Ct Suite 50. An Open House is scheduled for July 31 from 11:00 – 14:00 EDT.

KBEMS now has four new committees that have begun to meet.

The Conference MOA is in the legal department for approval.

New data collection, advanced EMT, and block grant administrative regulations are going through the regulation process.

 

Conference Committee Report

By Troy Walker.

Conference planning has been going very well and we will be opening conference registration soon. We are looking to grow sponsors and vendors now.

 

Recruitment/Provider Education Task Force

By William Dukes.

 

Old Business

  • Washington DC Spring Legislative trip.
  • KAPA/KBEMS Conference MOA

 

New Business

Regional KAPA meetings need to be scheduled before the next September meeting.

Provider Spotlight for newsletter.

At Large Representative Ira Dyer has resigned his KAPA board position. William Dukes has had a position change and is no longer able to fill his KAPA board position.

Motion to postpone replacement appointments until the September general meeting.

Motion to postpone appointments of replacement board members until the General Membership meeting in September.  Second. Discussion. Passed.

Next Meeting

September 25, 2013 at 15:00 EDT in Lexington at the 2013 Kentucky EMS Conference and Expo.

 

Adjournment

This Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association Board Meeting was concluded at 14:39 EDT.

Motion to Adjourn, Second, Approved.

 

Respectfully submitted by:


John Hultgren,
July 18, 2013