Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission is Excited to Announce its First Annual Conference

NEMTAC is proud to announce its first annual conference, to be held September 8th – 10th, 2019, in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Talking Stick Resort & Casino. NEMTAC is a nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to championing standards and best practices for the provision of non-emergency medical transportation.

This is the first national conference solely dedicated to the Non Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) industry. The NEMTAC conference brings together leading NEMT professionals, company owners and operators along with healthcare professionals, executives, payers, NEMT vendors, and educators.

NEMTAC’s conference track information will be on the NEMTAC website shortly. The Board of Directors is grateful for the friends and sponsors who have been instrumental in the success of its inaugural year, including its Founding Corporate Sponsors, WellRyde, Medical Answering Services (MAS), TripSpark Technologies and Kinetik NEMT Billing.

“Conference attendees will have access to high quality keynotes, luncheons and events with full conference attendance. We encourage you to apply to present and participate in this exciting conference,” said Michael Shabkie, NEMTAC Founder. More information on the conference will be provided as it is available, please stay tuned for further announcements and for updates on our website.

Call for Presentations

Do you have experience and expertise that could benefit your NEMT colleagues? Why not share them and get recognition as a founding presenter at the First Annual NEMTAC conference? Please email conference@nemtac.org to discuss speaking opportunities.

About NEMTAC

Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) was established as a nonprofit healthcare organization to enhance and promote the quality of care in America’s medical transportation system. NEMTAC standards represent industry best practices designed to ensure consistently high-quality customer care, safe vehicle operations and ethical business practices. In addition to accreditation, NEMTAC provides advanced education and training certificate programs to individuals seeking a career in the medical transportation industry. For more information visit www.nemtac.org.

NEMTAC is Addressing the Unique Challenges the Patient, Payers and Providers Face in the Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Industry

Written by: Michael Shabkie, Founder, Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission

The Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) is a nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to championing standards and best practices between providers and those in need of non-emergency medical transportation.

According to a recent American Hospital Association study on Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), hospitals and health systems are recognizing that social, economic and environmental factors affect the opportunities that patients and their families must engage in healthy behaviors, which ultimately improves health outcomes.

Issue 1- Missed appointments and the resulting delays in care cost the health system $150 billion each year in the U.S. When a patient is unable to find or afford a ride, costs accrue for patients, caregivers, providers, insurers and taxpayers. Health care systems lose revenue from missed appointments because of the effects on delivery, cost of care and resource planning.

Issue 2 – Patients frequently identify transportation barriers as a major reason for missing health care appointments. Missed appointments are associated with increased medical care costs for the patient, disruption of patient care and provider-patient relationships, delayed care and increased emergency department visits.

Issue 3 – Patients are less likely to fill prescriptions if they experience transportation issues. According to one study, 65 percent of patients said transportation assistance would help with prescriptions fills after discharge. Studies have shown that restriction of Medicaid payments for transportation resulted in decreased prescription refills.

Hospitals and health systems can address patients’ transportation needs and improve the health of their communities by implementing a variety of strategies, including:

• Understanding and assessing the impact of transportation on public health
• Supporting policy and infrastructure programs aimed to improve transportation access and to create safer, healthier transportation options
• Investing resources in understanding patients’ transportation needs
• Providing mobile clinics or direct transportation services through community partnerships or programs
• Using technology, such as providing telehealth options, to reduce travel time for patients

By making the commitment to address transportation barriers and building partnerships with community organizations and other entities, hospitals and health systems can improve transportation and health care access for patients and families and create more equitable, healthier communities.

NEMTAC is addressing the challenges noted in the American Hospital Association study in a comprehensive manner by:

Developing American National Standards – NEMTAC is dedicated to ensuring safe medical transportation and has a role in the establishment of American National Standards that affect our industry. Our standards development activities have a broad scope, ranging from high-quality customer care, safe vehicle operations, life safety and ethical business practices.

National Accreditation for Transportation Providers – NEMTAC offers the only national accreditation program designed to enhance and promote the quality of care in America’s medical transportation system (non-ambulance). Obtaining accreditation distinguishes an organization and signifies to its customer and stakeholders that they have met the NEMT industry standards of excellence. NEMTAC’s comprehensive accreditation process often exceeds those established by state or local regulators and are designed to increase utilization, serve as a market differentiator and decrease liability.

Certification Programs for the NEMT Professional – NEMTAC has teamed up with Medic-CE to provide exceptional online education to the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) industry. This innovative partnership combines Medic-CE’s dedication to high standards of content development and innovative technology delivery with NEMTAC’s critical mission to provide national standards, company accreditation and professional development programs to the dedicated medical transportation providers throughout the United States.

About NEMTAC
The Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) was established as a nonprofit organization to enhance and promote the quality of care in America’s medical transportation system. NEMTAC standards represent industry best practices designed to ensure consistently high-quality customer care, safe vehicle operations and ethical business practices. In addition to accreditation, NEMTAC provides advanced education and training certificate programs to individuals seeking a career in the medical transportation industry. For more information visit http://www.nemtac.org.

About the Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Industry
The NEMT industry provides a critical non-ambulance transportation link between patients and their medical care needs, including appointments with physicians and other services, such as dialysis, diagnostic tests or wound care. 17,000+ companies in the NEMT industry provide millions of transports annually for patients, typically for pre-scheduled services. However, it’s estimated that missed care appointments due to a lack of transportation cost the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars each year.

Learn More

Social Determinants of Health Series: Transportation and the Role of Hospitals https://www.aha.org/ahahret-guides/2017-11-15-social-determinants-health-series-transportation-and-role-hospitals

Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) Proudly Announces New Board Member

The Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas Allen M.D., M.M.M to our Board of Directors.

Dr. Allen is a board-certified internist with a masters from Tulane, who has held numerous regional and national administrative leadership positions for over 23 years after transitioning from his clinical work as a hospitalist. His career spans contracted and employed medical groups, health plans, large public and private entities owning medical groups, as well as CMO of a pharmacy benefit management company (now Optum RX).

Past employers include Optum’s medical group as national chief medical officer (now one of the largest medical groups in the US), HealthCare Partners, CareMore IPA and health plan, Molina and now Heritage Provider Network, where he runs the NextGen ACO and develops company-wide medical management strategies.

“We welcome Dr. Allen to our dedicated and talented board,” said Melissa Jankowski, Executive Director of NEMTAC. “We look forward to his contributions in fostering NEMTAC’s critical mission to support the non emergency medical transportation (NEMT) industry.

“I am honored to serve on the NEMTAC Board of Directors. NEMTAC is transforming the medical transportation industry through its implementation of national standards, accreditation and certification programs” said Doug Allen M.D., M.M.M.

 

About NEMTAC – The Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) was established as a nonprofit organization to enhance and promote the quality of care in America’s medical transportation system. NEMTAC standards represent industry best practices designed to ensure consistently high-quality customer care, safe vehicle operations and ethical business practices. In addition to accreditation, NEMTAC provides advanced education and training certificate programs to individuals seeking a career in the medical transportation industry. For more information visit www.nemtac.org.

About the Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Industry – The NEMT industry provides a critical non-ambulance transportation link between patients and their medical care needs, including appointments with physicians and other services, such as dialysis, diagnostic tests or wound care. 17,000+ companies in the NEMT industry provide millions of transports annually for patients, typically for pre-scheduled services.  However, its estimated that missed care appointments due to a lack of transportation cost the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars per year. The medical transportation industry is rapidly expanding to meet this need.

 

The Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) Proudly Launches New Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand-new website and we’re excited to introduce you to our new look.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – July 23, 2018 – PRLog — After months of hard work, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of our newly redesigned website at www.nemtac.org. We hope you find the new website fresh and modern; we worked hard to make sure it contains valuable information related to the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) industry.

Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about NEMTAC and our important mission within the NEMT industry. We have designed it with you in mind, streamlining menus, simplifying navigation, building a responsive layout for all platforms and providing more resources and information on our accreditation and educational services.

We will continue to expand our resources to deliver the most updated and relevant information for the NEMT industry. Additionally, we will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, articles, blogs, educational content, NEMTAC announcements and accreditation success stories.

We encourage everyone to visit and explore the site. If you have any questions or feedback you would like to share with our team, please do so by filling out the form on our Contact us page. We look forward to staying connected.

About NEMTAC – The Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) was established as a nonprofit organization to enhance and promote the quality of care in America’s medical transportation system. NEMTAC standards represent industry best practices designed to ensure consistently high-quality customer care, safe vehicle operations and ethical business practices. In addition to accreditation, NEMTAC provides advanced education and training certificate programs to individuals seeking a career in the medical transportation industry.  For more information visit www.nemtac.org.

About the Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Industry – The NEMT industry provides a critical non-ambulance transportation link between patients and their medical care needs, including appointments with physicians and other services, such as dialysis, diagnostic tests or wound care. 17,000+ companies in the NEMT industry provide millions of transports annually for patients, typically for pre-scheduled services.  However, its estimated that missed care appointments due to a lack of transportation cost the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars per year. The medical transportation industry is rapidly expanding to meet this need.

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Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) Gains Coveted Designation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – July 16th, 2018 – The Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) today announced that it has been approved by the Executive Standards Council (ExSC) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an Accredited Standard Developer (ASD).

Founded in 1918, ANSI is a private, non-profit organization that coordinates, facilitates, and promotes the development of voluntary consensus standards that are relied upon by industry, government agencies, and consumers across the United States and around the world. ANSI accredited organizations – and the experts that populate them – work cooperatively to enhance service delivery and improve the competitiveness of businesses operating in the global marketplace.

“With active participation from subject-matter-experts on a variety of topics related to non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT), NEMTAC is developing a rigorous standards development process for the NEMT industry that includes review and approval by various Advisory Boards and our Board of Directors,” said Steve Lewis, NEMTAC Board President.

Approval to become a standards developer was granted based upon standards development procedures that meet or exceed ANSI’s due process requirements and that NEMTAC will ensure adequate resources are dedicated to NEMT standards development.

“NEMTAC is proud to join the ranks of ANSI Standards Developers,” said Melissa Jankowski, NEMTAC Executive Director, “With ANSI approval, the public can depend on NEMTAC Standards as a peer driven, independent, and effective means of identifying the NEMT industry’s best practices for quality, safety and ethical business practices.”

About NEMTAC – The Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) was established as a nonprofit organization to enhance and promote the quality of care in America’s medical transportation system. NEMTAC standards represent industry best practices designed to ensure consistently high-quality customer care, safe vehicle operations and ethical business practices. In addition to accreditation, NEMTAC provides advanced education and training certificate programs to individuals seeking a career in the medical transportation industry.  For more information visit www.nemtac.org.

About the Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Industry – The NEMT industry provides a critical non-ambulance transportation link between patients and their medical care needs, including appointments with physicians and other services, such as dialysis, diagnostic tests or wound care. 17,000+ companies in the NEMT industry provide millions of transports annually for patients, typically for pre-scheduled services.  However, its estimated that missed care appointments due to a lack of transportation cost the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars per year. The medical transportation industry is rapidly expanding to meet this need.

Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission Announces Founding Board of Directors

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – June 27, 2018 – PRLog — The Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) is pleased to announce the selection of their Founding Board of Directors. NEMTAC is a new non-profit healthcare organization dedicated to championing standards and best practices for providers, buyers, regulators and those who are served by non-emergency medical transportation.

With stable medical conditions and often pre-scheduled appointments, non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) customers rely on this vital service provided by over 17,000 companies nationwide. This rapidly growing  industry provides millions of transports annually connecting patients with their care.

The new board members come from diverse backgrounds and include current and former executives from the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) industry, healthcare, large non-profits and the ambulance industry. “We have a very strong leadership foundation in place and we couldn’t be more pleased with these appointments. Each of these individuals’ deep professional backgrounds and passionate commitment to the non-emergency medical transportation industry will bring insightful perspectives to our Board,” said Michael Shabkie, NEMTAC Founder.

The Board of Directors, comprised of a multidisciplinary team with vast experience in business, healthcare, technology and all levels of medical transportation, includes:

·       Steve Lewis, NEMTAC Board President

·       Robert Brown, NEMTAC Board Vice President

·       Peter Hicks, NEMTAC Board Secretary

·       Michael Shabkie, Board Treasurer

·       Stan Sipes, NEMTAC Board Member

·       Chris Kelly, NEMTAC Board Member

·       David Marhoffer, NEMTAC Board Member

In announcing the first NEMTAC Board Members, Melissa Jankowski, Executive Director said, “It’s important to be surrounded by the right people and we’ve assembled a very experienced and talented group that will help drive the vision of NEMTAC and assist us in forming a path of success.” Ms. Jankowski further stated, “Over the coming months, the board will continue to search for additional world-class directors and a wide range of stakeholders to serve on committees and task forces who will develop the national standards and training content.”

About NEMTAC: The Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) was established as a nonprofit organization to enhance and promote the quality of care in America’s non-emergency medical transportation system. NEMTAC standards will represent industry best practices designed to ensure consistently high-quality customer care, safe vehicle operations and ethical business practices. In addition to accreditation, NEMTAC will provide advanced education and training certificate programs to individuals seeking a career in the non-emergency medical transportation industry.

For more information visit www.nemtac.org.

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Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) Announces New Executive Director

Scottsdale, AZ – Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) is pleased to announce the selection of Melissa Jankowski as the organization’s Executive Director. NEMTAC is a non-profit healthcare organization dedicated to championing standards and best practices between providers and those in need of non-emergency medical transportation.

“We are thrilled to have Melissa taking on this leadership role as the executive director of NEMTAC,” said Michael Shabkie, Founder and President of NEMTAC. “She brings to the organization an exceptional combination of energy, industry experience and proven leadership.

Melissa started her relationship with NEMTAC earlier this year as the Director of National Standards & Accreditation as she was instrumental in NEMTAC’s application process with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to become an Accredited Standards Developer.

“I am elated to join NEMTAC and work in partnership with the industry thought leaders who will be the first to work in collaboration to create best practices and standards for the NEMT industry,” says, Ms. Jankowski. “Placing patients at the center of NEMTAC’s standards development is critical to assuring NEMT services are met with quality, timely and safe operations.”

She has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. During this time, she has exceled in managing medical transportation services, hospital consulting services, medical devices, product launch and education. She has extensive experience building relationships in the medical transportation industry, Hospitals and Payors and has provided leadership, mentoring and strategic decision making in these challenging environments.

Melissa holds a BS from Colorado State University and currently lives in Colorado.

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Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) was established as a nonprofit organization to enhance and promote the quality of care in America’s medical transportation system. NEMTAC standard represent industry best practices designed to ensure consistently high-quality customer care, safe vehicle operations and ethical business practices. In addition to accreditation, NEMTAC provided advanced education and training certificate programs to individuals seeking a career in the medical transportation industry. For more information visit www.nemtac.org.