In 2020, the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance (LAA) is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and the organization hosted this year’s first membership meeting on March 04, 2020, in Woodworth, LA. The organization, comprised of over 60 EMS providers throughout the state of Louisiana, advocates for its members through response, policy and educational opportunities.
The March 4th meeting was an important stamp in LAA history as it allowed the organization to review the legislative slate for 2020. “LAA advocates for providers because it is part of the organization’s mission and part of why the organization was founded,” explained Curry Landry, LAA Policy Director. “Among other things, LAA is tasked to provide a forum for the exchange and distribution of ideas and information related to the improvement of the emergency medical transport industry and to serve as an advocate for emergency medical transport, promoting improved health status and improvements to the health system for residents of Louisiana.”
Landry presented the legislative slate to LAA members to gauge and understand their perspectives. Landry added, “It is of the utmost importance to review bills with the members. They have the expertise to know how each and every bill will affect their company and the industry as a whole. To me and the LAA staff, members are the greatest resource available when it comes to legislation during the session. In addition, it is the LAA’s duty to keep its members up-to-date on legal and policy changes that take place at the capitol.”
Membership meetings are key in informing attendees of upcoming events, programs and more. One of which is the CORES Initiative, a program where LAA members can receive assistance with data collection documenting and reporting. “The CORES Initiative meetings provide a wealth of education regarding the understanding of what is requested of the providers when doing their Cost Data Collection and how to better categorize their costs when documenting things during their data collection process,” explained Megan Hedges, LAA Consortium Director.
Between the legislative slate review and cost reporting information alone, the membership meeting was packed with plenty of resources for members. LAA continues to provide a forum of information exchange and support for providers and looks ahead to a bright future.
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2020 Membership Meetings:
May 20, 2020: Baton Rouge EMS – Baton Rouge, LA
August 19, 2020: Bossier Civic Center – Bossier, LA
November 4, 2020: Louisiana Ambulance Alliance – Natchitoches, LA
Register here for the next Alliance Membership Meeting.
About the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance
The Louisiana Ambulance Alliance (LAA) is a diverse group of EMS providers who promote emergency medical transport as a distinct concern in Louisiana; serve as a forum for a unified voice for healthcare providers, public officials, healthcare workers, educators and consumers working to improve emergency medical transport in Louisiana; provide a forum for the exchange and distribution of ideas and information related to the improvement of emergency medical transport; serve as an advocate for emergency medical transport, promoting improved health status and improvements to the health system for residents of Louisiana; and encourage the development of appropriate health resources for Louisiana.