KAPA Meeting Minutes: June 10, 2015

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Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association
Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Date: June 10, 2015
Meeting Location: Jessamine County EMS West Station, Wilmore, KY

Board members in attendance:

Region

Board Member  ( = Even Year term)

Present or Absent

At-Large

Kevin Callihan

Present

At-Large

Rick Driskill

Absent

At-Large

William Dukes 

Present

At-Large

John Hultgren (Secretary)

Present

At-Large

Ashley Powell 

Present

Region 1

Mark Harrison

Present

Region 1

Allen Jones

Present

Region 1

Troy Walker 

Absent

Region 2

Jim Duke (Treasurer)

Present

Region 2

Randy Fathbruckner 

Present

Region 2

Joe Prewitt (Vice President)

Present

Region 3

Joe Bradshaw

Absent

Region 3

Billy Duncan

Absent

Region 3

James Hacker 

Absent

Region 4

Matt Bryant

Absent

Region 4

David Eldridge

Present

Region 4

Mike Phillips 

Absent

Region 5

Robin Barber 

Present

Region 5

Stephanie Eliam

Absent

Region 5

Vacant

 

Region 6

Tom Adams (President) 

Present

Region 6

Terry Fraley

Present

Region 6

Michael Mason 

Present


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 13:40 EDT by President Thomas Adams.

 

Invocation

By Tom Adams.

 

Roll Call

By John Hultgren.

 

Determination of Quorum

By John Hultgren.
A quorum of not less than 51% (11 due to our one board position vacancy) of the Board of Directors for any regular or special meeting was established.

Established

Minutes of last meeting

Reviewed.

Motion, Second. No discussion. Approved.

Legislative Report

By Joe Prewitt, Jim Duke, and Judy Taylor.

  • The proposed changes to the CON review process were reviewed and discussed.
  • The proposed changes are reportedly Cabinet driven to streamline the process.
  • Response options were discussed, including documenting financial impact on 9-1-1 providers and including the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky County Judge Executive associations, copied to the Governor’s Office.
  • A written request to KAPA from Mike Sherrod, CEO of TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital, was read and discussed.
  • Diane Vogel (representing Louisville Metro EMS) addressed some of the unique challenges they experience.

Motion to oppose the proposed changes and request strengthening the CON language. Second.  Approved.

Financial Report/Reimbursement Committee Report

By Jim Duke.

General Account: $116,754.00

Total Members as of 5/9/15: 127

Reimbursement Report:

  • Medicaid MCOs were discussed.
  • CMS moving away from fee payment to performance based reimbursement was discussed.

Motion to accept Financial Report. Second. No discussion. Approved.

KBEMS Report

Michael Poynter, Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services Executive Director, discussed:

  • Community Paramedicine update. A national examination is being developed. A textbook should be available next year.
  • Planning an EMS Day on the Hill for the next Kentucky legislative session.
  • Inspector/Liason position closes tomorrow.

Chuck O’Neal, Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services Deputy Director, discussed:

  • Stroke Destination Guidelines.
  • Scope of Practice regulation.
  • 501 regulation update.
  • Recommended that ambulance service directors develop a patient satisfaction survey to address expected future ACO evaluations where reimbursement may be linked to patient satisfaction.

Paul Phillips, Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services Director of Operations, discussed:

  • Stretcher fastening requirements.

 

Break

A brief break where no business was conducted.

 

Conference Committee Report

By Tom Adams and Allen Jones.

  • 95% of the education track for the 2015 conference is finalized, including six national keynote speakers.
  • There will be no medical director track this year but it may return next year.
  • The conference chair is exploring returning the awards ceremony to an evening dinner event. Discussion.

 

Recruitment/Provider Education Task Force Report

By William Dukes.

  • A packet was provided to the board members detailing membership by region. Some errors were acknowledged.
  • Discussion held on splitting up some of the responsibilities between the KAPA Treasurer and KAPA Recruitment. President Adams instructed both to work out the details and report back at the next meeting.
  • Affiliate Membership discussion. Draft document providing more detail on Affiliate Membership benefits distributed to board members for discussion, which may become a proposed by-law amendment.

 

Old Business

  • KAPA’s Congressional Delegation visited our Congressmen in Washington DC the third week in May. U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield agreed to cosponsor the Medicare reform act during our meeting with him. Most of our Congressmen were very supportive and we feel it was a very productive trip.
  • North Central EMS Cooperative. President Adams was able to compare some rates and found that the cooperative’s rates were competitive; he is continuing negotiations.

 

New Business

  • Discussion on waiving the next scheduled meeting, which is now only one month away.

Motion to waive the next scheduled meeting. Second.  Approved

Announcements

  • An Open House will be held at the Elizabethtown airport at 11 AM EDT tomorrow celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Elizabethtown Air Methods base..

 

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association will be September 23, 2015 at 15:00 EDT (14:00 CDT) at the 2015 Kentucky EMS Conference and Expo in Lexington. The meeting room location to be determined.

 

Adjournment

This Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association Board Meeting was concluded at 16:02 EDT.

Motion to Adjourn, Second, Approved.

 

Respectfully submitted by:

 

John Hultgren,
June 10, 2015