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Preserve Access to Lifesaving Air Ambulances, Urge Officials to Take Action

Last year, Congress passed the No Surprises Act, which finally took patients out of the middle of billing disputes between health care providers and insurance companies. Unfortunately, however, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services begins to implement this important law, it has issued an Interim Final Rule on Surprise Billing that will allow insurance companies to cut reimbursement to emergency air ambulance providers. This unworkable rule gives insurance companies enormous leverage over health care providers and will drastically reduce emergency air ambulance access to vulnerable parts of the country.
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New Airbase for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance is officially opened

THIS week marked a milestone event in local charity, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s (EHAAT) history when its new airbase was officially opened. Over 100 guests attended the event including airlifted patients as well as those directly involved with the development of the new airbase, along with important partners of the charity including representatives from the East of England Ambulance Service, police, fire and the military, as well as the Lord Lieutenants of Essex and Hertfordshire, the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, the Chair of Epping Forest District Council, and many another distinguished guests.
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HELP Appeal donates £300K to Magpas Air Ambulance new base

MAGPAS Air Ambulance welcomed Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal to its airbase in Cambridgeshire after receiving a £300,000 donation to its ‘Future 50’ appeal to fund a new airbase. During the visit he met with Magpas Air Ambulance CEO, Daryl Brown MBE, to find out more about the new base, which is due to start construction at the end of the year.

EAAA’s 24/7 service is saving lives all over the region

SINCE the launch of  EAAA’s 24/7 service by air and road on 30 June and up until 7am on Monday 18 October, the charity’s  crews  have been  tasked  307 times between 7pm and 7am,  averaging  nearly three missions  a night.  During this time, 87 of  the  taskings  were by helicopter and  220 by rapid response vehicle.

Nighttime service extends EAAA’s lifesaving impact

Estimated reading time 5 minutes, 40 seconds. Since the launch of East Anglian Air Ambulance’s 24/7 service by air and road on June 30 and up until 0700h on Monday, Oct. 18, the charity’s crews have been tasked 307 times between 1900h and 0700h, averaging nearly three missions a night. During this time, 87 of the tastings were by helicopter and 220 rapid response by vehicle.

Air Ambulances UK joins Virgin Red rewards club

Virgin Red, Virgin's new rewards club, has welcomed Air Ambulances UK to its Points for Good category. The announcement means that Virgin Red members can choose to donate one thousand Virgin Points or more to many different good causes including Air Ambulances UK, and more than fourteen other national and local charities to choose from.

Federal judge tosses challenge to air ambulance ‘balance billing’ law

A 2020 law requires air ambulance providers to accept 'reasonable reimbursement' for services. A North Florida federal judge on Wednesday issued a final order dismissing a challenge to a 2020 law banning non-contracted air ambulance providers from “balance billing” insured patients. Balance billing is a practice providers use to charge...

Five air ambulances respond near Edgar Springs

A two-vehicle head-on crash resulted in serious injuries to five individuals and required the response of five air ambulances to the site on U.S. Highway 63, one mile south of Edgar Springs. The accident happened at 3:44 p.m. on Saturday, October 9. A Licking family was southbound in a 2019...

US helicopter air ambulance services costs rising

The average estimated allowed (in-network) amounts rose 76.4 per cent, from US$8,855 to $15,624, not including mileage costs. The average charge from fixed-wing air ambulance transports increased 27.6 perr cent, from $19,2109 to $24,507, while the average Medicare reimbursements rose 4.7 per cent, from $3,071 to $3,216. The top diagnoses...

Surprise air ambulance bills: A bird’s eye view of sky-high prices

Every year, more than 550,000 patients in the United States use air ambulance services. With more than 75% of air ambulance trips made out-of-network, over 400,000 people are likely to receive surprise medical bills annually. But that’s about to change. Beginning January 2022, the No Surprises Act will protect patients...
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EMS Helicopters Have Twice the Average Fatal Accident Rate

Helicopter air ambulances have twice the fatal accident rate compared with all other forms of aviation per 100,000 flight hours. That’s the conclusion of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University researchers Richard Simonson, a Ph.D. candidate, and faculty mentors Joseph Keebler and Alex Chaparro. The three worked to identify the specific helicopter air ambulance crash scenarios associated with an increased likelihood of fatalities. The research, published earlier this year by the Journal Aviation Medicine and Human Performance, looked at accident records over a 35-year period (1983-2018) and found that flying at night, under instrument flight rules (IFR), and post-crash fires are all associated with a higher likelihood of fatalities.

PM, leaders saddened over Harnai quake losses

Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered immediate assistance on an emergency basis for the Harnai earthquake victims as he and other politicians expressed their condolences over the loss of lives in the earthquake, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. PM Imran Khan said that he has directed the authorities for an immediate assessment...
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Air Ambulance Charges Continue Rapid Ascent

The cost of helicopter air ambulance transport continued to soar between 2017 and 2020, rising 22.2 percent in the U.S., more than three times the cumulative 6 percent inflation rate for those years. That's according to a study from Fair Health, a nonprofit organization that manages a healthcare database of privately billed healthcare claims. However, the rate of increase closely matches the overall medical inflation rate of 22.9 percent for the period.