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  • September 29, 2021 10:09 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    September 27, 2021

    Dear Oklahoma Ambulance Providers and Vendor Partners:

    The 2022 Oklahoma Ambulance Association’s Membership Drive is Underway!!

    The Oklahoma Ambulance Association (OKAMA) is pleased to announce our 2022 membership drive and we welcome back our current members and we look forward to new members joining the ranks of our Association. As we look forward to 2022, we will continue to work diligently, improving and protecting the ambulance industry’s place in the state, but we need your help and support to continue our mission. Our industry continues to face incredible reimbursement and funding issues as well as regulatory concerns at a local, statewide, and national level. The challenges are complex, but with your support the Oklahoma Ambulance Association can make a difference.

    Last winter, OKAMA was instrumental in receiving and distributing Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) funds that were allocated to the state by the federal government.  Our comprehensive request document resulted in a $5,000,000 award that was distributed to all licensed ambulance services that provide ground emergency medical transportation in our state.  None of this would have been possible without OKAMA and your support.

    Since 2002, OKAMA has worked countless hours to promote communication, understanding and advances for EMS in our state and our work continues. We at OKAMA stand ready to represent the interests of EMS and ambulance services in the unexpected situations that present any new challenges. OKAMA continues to be strong. Our member companies account for over 85% of all ambulance transports in the state of Oklahoma; these numbers allow OKAMA to be a strong advocate for the Oklahoma ambulance industry.

    Please complete a membership application, found on our website www.okama.org and return with your dues before December 31, 2021. Through your participation and support will we have a stronger, more unified representative voice.

    Respectfully,

    Greg Reid

    President


  • June 26, 2021 10:46 PM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    The Oklahoma Ambulance Association and its Board of Directors extend our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, loved ones as well as the personnel and medics of Creek County EMS in the death of Rita Diehl. 

     

    Rita Diehl, Executive Director of Creek County EMS, honorably served her local EMS community for over 39 years and proudly served all of Oklahoma EMS through her leadership and very active role as member and President of the Oklahoma Ambulance Association.  Our dear friend and colleague will be greatly missed.


    Obituary and Service information:  https://greenhillok.com/tribute/details/7779/Rita-Diehl/obituary.html#tribute-start

  • May 20, 2021 9:50 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    The Oklahoma Ambulance Association is excited to announce that the Stars of Life event will return for 2021.  The event will be held on September 8, 2021 at Post Oak Lodge.  Stars submission and event information is available on the Event page.

     
  • April 26, 2021 9:10 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    OKAMA is deeply concerned about the initiative for managed care in Oklahoma.  Managed Care would have a tremendous negative impact on Oklahoma healthcare.  This is especially true for rural EMS providers. Watch below as OKAMA member Johnny Red from Sinor EMS, provides a presentation from an EMS perspective.

    https://fb.watch/52TmLmkQrV/

    Additional links for more information are provided below. 

    Tulsa World Article:

    https://tulsaworld.com/opinion/columnists/susan-savage-private-medicaid-management-is-a-dubious-solution-to-a-problem-we-don-t/article_9e921046-9ef6-11eb-9ccb-c77748b7e5d4.html

    New York Times article:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/25/us/rural-ambulance-coronavirus.html

    Fighting the Oklahoma Initiative:

    www.healthcareholdup.com


  • January 27, 2021 3:40 PM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    OKAMA will host a virtual spring conference on February 24, 2021.   Please see the "EVENTS" page for details.

  • December 25, 2020 1:13 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

     Jimmy Johnson and Greg Reid with Covid Relief Funds for EMS


    OKAMA Secures $5 Million in COVID Relief Funds for Oklahoma Ambulance Agencies

    To Receive a Share of the Funds, Providers Must Act by 5:00 P.M. on 12/27/2020

    OKAMA is pleased to announce that the State of Oklahoma has directed at least $5,000,000 to Oklahoma’s EMS industry. The distribution, received on December 22, 2020, comes from Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) funds allocated to Oklahoma by the federal government.

    Licensed ambulance services that provide ground emergency medical transportation in Oklahoma will be eligible to receive funding equaling nearly $6,200 per licensed transport ambulance. Additional funds could be secured in the future.

    OKAMA board members are making an effort to contact each licensed provider in the state about this funding opportunity. Providers must apply for funds by completing a simple form and must agree to spend the funds in a way that complies with federal requirements. The deadline for application is 5:00 P.M. on 12/27/2020

    OKAMA expects to begin distributing funds by the second week of January 2021. By accepting funds, providers agree to make available documentation of expenses that prove qualification to receive these funds. OKAMA is confident that all licensed services have incurred expenses from March 1-December 30, 2020 related to one or more of the following:

    • -          Expense related to increased need for masks, gowns, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against potential exposures to COVID-19.
    • -          Expense for personnel who missed work due to COVID infection, isolation, or quarantine, but were paid while away.
    • -          Expense for personnel who covered the absence of sick, quarantined or isolated employees.
    • -          Expense for increased staffing to meet local requirements, expectations, or operational objectives.
    • -          Expense related to increased use of supplies (oxygen, drugs, or other non-PPE supplies) as patient transports showed increased acuity (sicker patients) and increased frequency.
    • -          Expenses related to increased per-item costs for PPE and other supplies as demand increased and available supplies decreased.
    • -          Expenses related increased costs of the decontamination of ambulances, equipment, personnel and stations. 
    • -          Expense related to responding, providing care, and transporting an increased number of patients who had no or inadequate healthcare coverage due to loss of employment or work.

    The list is not all-inclusive, but we believe that all of the experiences listed above will qualify under the government’s description of qualifying expenses. As with all grants of government funds, recipients should expect that expenditures to qualify are subject to review and audit.

    Again, the deadline to apply for CARES funding of approximately $6,200 per licensed transport ambulance is 5:00 P.M. on 12/27/2020

    To download applicable documents:

    Click here LETTER TO DIRECTORS ANNOUNCING AWARD, 12-20-2020.docx

    Click here:Coronavirus-Relief-Fund-Guidance-for-State-Territorial-Local-and-Tribal-Governments.pdf

    Click here:OKAMA CARES CLAIM FORM, FILLABLE, 12-2020.pdf


    If you have any questions, please contact:  Greg Reid at 405-613-7443,

     Vanessa Brewington at 580-334-4269 or

     E-mail us at: okama.email@gmail.com.


  • October 16, 2020 12:27 PM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    On behalf of all Oklahoma EMS ground providers; The Oklahoma Ambulance Association has submitted a request for reimbursement of costs associated with the Covid 19 Pandemic.  The document can be found here: OKAMA CARES Request-FINAL.pdf

  • June 16, 2020 2:18 PM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    Spring/Fall 2020 UpdateConference Update

    The Oklahoma Ambulance Association (OKAMA) hopes that all the EMS providers, vendors and suppliers are finding a way to safely function during these trying times. We are hoping the second half of 2020 brings a healing and return to something that resembles a more normal level of activity in this state. As we look to the future, OKAMA has selected Wednesday, October 14th for our one-day event. We hope to hold both our Conference and STARS of Life celebration on that day and evening, respectively . We understand there are still hurdles to clear and we will be closely monitoring the situation and discussing precautions. The Board of Directors will make a final decision later in the summer but until then, please “Save the Date” and we hope to see you then!

    This event has unfortunately been canceled. It is our hope that the spring of 2021 will be more normal, allowing OKAMA to once again provide a great conference and Stars of Life Banquet. 2020 Stars will be recognized along with the 2021 Stars of Life recipients.


  • January 14, 2019 7:21 AM | Vanessa Brewington (Administrator)

    Our hearts were heavy to learn of the passing of Carolyn Barrett, beloved wife of OKAMA emeritus board member Joe Barrett.

    Services will be held at 2:00 pm CT on Wednesday, January 16 at First Baptist Church.

    First Baptist Church
    124  West Evergreen Street
    Durant, OK 74701

    Carolyn's family and friends remain in our thoughts.


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