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Air Ambulance Companies Caught in Health Insurance Spiral

Imagine heading a business where customers only pay you 30% of the time in full and the remaining 70% only pay you 50% of the cost. How would your business survive? This is precisely the situation of most air ambulance companies in the United States of America say industry experts. What adds insult to the injury is the fact that there is a outcry about the charges both in national media as well as people, not to mention the politicians who are trying to pin all the blame on air ambulance companies. Most players in the industry say that air ambulance business is getting harder by the day to run.

Air Ambulance Companies Asked to Do More

Rural hospitals in the US are closing down at a rapid rate. More and more rural patients are veering towards the services extended by air ambulance companies. However, the fact remains that air ambulance services are expensive and the costs are not being reimbursed by health insurance providers citing several reasons. While the most common is the ‘lack of medical necessity’ others simply have a small ceiling of reimbursements that have not been revised for a very long time.

Most of the Air Ambulance Costs are Fixed

Costs of running a medical base is, on an average, about USD 3 million a year. This amount accounts for about 85% of the costs and are fixed. These include maintenance of the aircraft, hangar, support staff, crew and the like. Then there are write-downs that are either forced upon the air ambulance companies or the ones that they undertake themselves on humanitarian grounds. All this adds up to a huge amount. Plus, there are always the running costs such as fuel which is also quite expensive. Industry experts feel that the demand for the services provided by air ambulance companies is going to increase considering that the population is aging, and that something needs to be done on a war footing to make the reimbursements commiserate with the services provided.

 

Air Ambulance Companies Vs Insurance Companies – the Tug-of-War Continues

We have been citing the reluctance of insurance companies to revise their payment charts, in keeping with the time and also several air ambulance companies that simply refuse to budge down when it comes to the pricing.

This time around, Missouri Insurance Department has come up with a report that reveals, on an average, people of Missouri are paying about USD 20,000 for an air ambulance services. Of course, this is a whopping price for a common person, not just in the state but anywhere in the world. The report further said that close to USD 26 million was billed by air ambulance companies in the year 2017. Of this, 12.4 million is what people had to bear, taking into consideration deductibles and co-pays.

Does the Report Vilify Air Ambulance Companies?

This was a question that air ambulance industry advocates would raise without a doubt and not for any frivolous reasons. Balance Billing, which forces patients to pay the amount when insurance companies refuse to clear the air ambulance bills, had no mention in the report. The reason stated for this was ‘insufficient data’.  One could even say that the lack of this data, sort of makes the report a little lopsided.

High Fixed Cost was Cited by Air Ambulance Companies

One aspect that should be appreciated about the air ambulance companies is that they have not shied away from saying the amounts charged to the patients are pretty steep. They have also expressed their helplessness in containing this, as the fixed costs of maintaining a medical flight is very high. However, what goes against the favor of some air ambulance companies is the fact that they are unwilling to come in the network of insurance providers.

As we have always stated, the air ambulance industry and the insurance industry need to come together to find a middle path, so that the common person does not have to bear the burden of huge bills.

REVA Leads Air Ambulance Companies in ‘Just Culture’

It might seem that the aviation and air ambulance companies have little in common. While one deals in the mechanics of aviation machines, the other primarily deals with biology and chemistry of the human body. However, when one looks closely, it is easy to spot several similarities between the two. It is these similarities that the air ambulance companies must be aware of and must work on, to improve the safety of medical flights. The risks involved in both industries are very similar to each other. This is why REVA, which is an international fixed-wing air ambulance company, has published a white paper on ‘Just Culture’

What is ‘Just Culture’ and How Does it Apply to Air Ambulance Companies?

This is a highly relevant question. Although one rarely gets to hear about fatal crashes and safety flaws concerning air ambulance companies, such incidents are not unheard of. Apart from this, there are obviously going to be some near misses. The logic behind the ‘Just Culture’ is to treat mistakes as learning opportunities to avoid them completely in the future. REVA released a white paper on the topic recently.

According to Emma Roberts who is the company’s Safety Director, the white paper meant for air ambulance companies, lays down the steps involved in implementation of just culture and explains how this culture increases the degree of safety.

‘Just Culture’ Fosters Transparency in the Way Air Ambulance Companies Function

‘Just Culture’ makes reporting easier for staff who constantly put their lives on the line to protect and serve the needy patients. The culture ensures that these front-line warriors are not punished for the mishaps but are rather encouraged to report them so that apt solutions can be found. The result is improved safety of medical flights and better compliance with medical as well as aviation norms.

REVA Air Ambulance Receives Prestigious Award from City of Fort Lauderdale Florida

REVA Air Ambulance has announce that they were awarded Fort Lauderdale’s Achievements in Community Excellence (ACE) award, for superior efforts to Fort Lauderdale  Executive Airport.

air-ambulance-award-aceREVA is known for operating the nation’s largest fleet air ambulances.  The award proves REVA’s continued work to surpass Fort Lauderdale’s Noise Abatement Program.

Mayor Seiler congratulated REVA CEO Stuart Hayman for “striving to help make Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport a better neighbor to the surrounding community, and for outstanding contributions in the areas of economic development and community outreach.”

Having successfully completed over 20 thousand medical flights, REVA offers  air ambulance medical transportation worldwide.

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REVA Air Ambulance and Medical Flights Company Accredited by NAAMTA

REVA Air Ambulance and Medical Flights Company Accredited by NAAMTA. Following a comprehensive audit of its medical techniques and facilities, REVA air ambulance company is now a NAAMTA Alliance member.  announces pleased to announce that following a comprehensive audit of its medical techniques and facilities, the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications has awarded REVA with NAAMTA’s full medical transport accreditation.  REVA, which is the result of the merger of FAA Air Carrier Certificate holder Aero Jet International, Inc., and Air Ambulance Professionals, operates domestic and international medical flight services. REVA’s first Air Ambulance company headquarters is still located in Florida, but now also has bases in Arizona and Puerto Rico.

 

NAAMTA accreditation confirms REVA’s best-practices standards, its culture of safety and continuing education, and its commitment to the well-being of both its clients and its flight teams, said REVA CEO Stuart Hayman on Monday at the joint conference announcing the achievement.

“Earning NAAMTA accreditation has been a top priority since the first day of our merger 18 months ago with Aero Jet International, Inc., and Air Ambulance Professionals. Since then, every staff member, every medical associate and every management, training, and safety action at REVA has been aimed at ensuring that we meet or exceed NAAMTA’s high standards,”  said REVA Program Director Lesa Armstrong, R.N.

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Armstrong explained that by applying the Alliance’s best-practices standards and implementation protocols to all aspects of air-ambulance transportation, REVA integrates medical, technical, and management standards. “In simple terms, we now practice a unified standard, across the board.  This reflects the highest and best quality measures in each of the fields that make up air-ambulance services,” she said.

“Whether we’re looking at medical practices or financial management, whether we’re examining aircraft maintenance or continuing education, NAAMTA holds members to the highest and best reference against which our clients, patients, medical personnel, and flight crews can our measure performance,” CEO Hayman said. “It’s an accreditation that our clients can trust.”

In welcoming REVA to the prestigious roster of NAAMTA-accredited medical transportation firms, NAAMTA Executive Director Roylen Griffin said his auditors found overwhelming evidence of REVA’s commitment to quality management and safety practices at every level of its organization.

NAAMTA accreditation is built on providing standards that focus on quality patient care and the safe transport of everyone involved.  NAAMTA’s Alliance brings each member organization to the vanguard of continuous improvement for medical transport. The Alliance’s site audit found the Core Values at REVA to be the driving force of every employee interviewed. “We are very impressed,” Griffin said.  “The accreditation process demonstrates REVA’s dedication to the individual patient before, during, and after transport.”

“Accreditation is continuous dynamic,” Griffin added. “NAAMTA advocates a continual self-auditing and monitoring. REVA’s participation in the auditing process, from start to completion, demonstrates its commitment to our high standards, which clients, technical staffs, and medical professionals recognize.”

NAAMTA accreditation places REVA in a select body of medical transportation providers.  “Each provider, individually and as a group under the NAAMTA umbrella, demonstrates a corporate value system in which quality standards are not just enforced, but are continually monitored, developed and defined as medical transportation systems and expectations advance alongside the progress of medicine, patient care, and allied technologies,” Griffin said.

Accreditation by NAAMTA is awarded for three years, during which time members are encouraged to participate in on-going professional, technical and medical development, both on-line and in the seminars and workshops offered by NAAMTA.

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NAAMTA is based in American Fork, Utah. It is the medical transportation field’s leading auditing agency for overseeing unified performance quality standards for medical personnel, flight personnel, equipment, management, and financial performance by its members. Its auditing standards are certified by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) and endorsed by multiple specialty fields within the medical transportation industry.

REVA Air Ambulance is the result of the merger of Aero Jet International, Inc., and Air Ambulance Professionals. Aero Jet International, Inc., the Air Carrier Certificate holder, operates all flights and has been delivering quality transportation for more two decades from bases in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Phoenix, Arizona.  Medical staff, pilots, mechanics, maintenance and support personnel are fully licensed, certified, and trained, meeting and exceeding industry standards and quality expectations. Aircraft are fully FAA certified. The fleet is accredited by the European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI), a quality compliance designation; the Canadian Transportation Agency International License; U.S. Treasury Cuban operation authorization; all required State of Florida and State of Arizona emergency medical air ambulance services and emergency medical service licenses; and others, including operating certificates and permits for Bermuda and sites within the European Union.

 

Source: http://www.flyreva.com/reva-air-ambulance-earns-prestigious-naamta-accreditation/