Acadian Companies Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation Asbel Montes has been named to the American Ambulance Association (AAA) Board of Directors. He will serve as director of region IV for two years, beginning in 2022. The region spans Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
Montes has been a member of AAA since 2009 and previously served as a board member from 2010-2013. He has served as co-chair and is the current chair of the organization’s payment reform committee. He has served on the cost data collection committee.
Montes is a leader on reimbursement initiatives within the industry and has been asked to testify as an expert witness before federal and state health committees regarding ambulance reimbursement. He has given hundreds of presentations on behalf of AAA throughout the years, particularly on payment reform and cost data collection.
"It is an honor and privilege to serve on the American Ambulance Association board. I want to thank my colleagues for electing me and their confidence in representing their interests at the national level. I look forward to continuing to work as an advocate for the ambulance industry to address the health and financial stability needs of our industry,” Montes said.
AAA CEO Maria Bianchi said, “AAA members are blessed to have Asbel as one of its extraordinary volunteer leaders who lends their time and talent to help us advance the needs of the industry and ambulance service providers nationwide. Having worked with Asbel for many years, I am thrilled to have him back on our board of directors and look forward to working with him for many years to come.”