ENA Action Alert
Advance Quality & Safety for Patients and Colleagues Onboard Air Ambulances!
Support the Air Ambulance Quality and Accountability Act Today!
- The first 60 minutes after injury can mean the difference between life and death;
- More than 30 million Americans do not live within one hour of a Level I or II Trauma Center;
- Air Ambulance providers and their crew are critical lifelines to patients who have limited options in accessible emergency care; yet
- Medicare does not have requirements for standards of care and quality in air ambulance services, leaving patients and crew at risk.
According to the CDC, traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 46. More than 35 million people are treated for traumatic injury in the US each year, costing the nation around $670 billion. Patients in rural areas with severe injuries are most at risk from suffering from gaps in the accessibility of trauma care, and often require air ambulance services to provide lifesaving care and transport.
Despite the critical nature of these services, CMS has not established minimum standards on quality and does not currently collect data on costs related to providers participating in the Medicare program. Without this information, it is impossible for CMS to ensure that air ambulance providers are adhering to basic standards of safety and quality. It is also impossible for CMS to know that these providers are receiving reimbursement adequate to ensure patients have access to high-quality services when they need them most.
The Air Ambulance Quality and Accountability Act (H.R. 3780) would establish minimum standards for air ambulance providers and suppliers, enact a robust air ambulance quality reporting program, require cost reporting by providers and suppliers, and move towards a system of reimbursement that considers the capability of providers and the quality of their services relative to actual costs. By requiring minimum standards and ensuring appropriate payments, quality and safety standards will become well-established industry-wide, as Medicare policy can often significant influence on the care received by patients around the country, not just Medicare beneficiaries.
Support Your Most Vulnerable Patients and your Colleagues in the Sky!
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