Air Evac Lifeteam has grown their business by focusing on servicing communities in rural areas. They sell minimal annual subscriptions under $100. When the subscriber needs emergency medical attention, they call Air Evac instead of 911. This is economical compared to the cost of an ambulance ride. How does Air Evac make their money? They bill the private insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid for anywhere between $5000 - $10,000 for the helicopter ride to the hospital. I know this is a premium, service, but this price seems expensive for the service.
Time will tell if the FBI investigation will uncover a Qui Tam claim for Medicare or Medicaid or even false billing evidence against Air Evac Lifeteam.
Anybody know what is going on with this case?
As a side note, in case you were wondering, here's the upshots into investigations about Air-Evac crashes.
But in the past 12 months, Air Evac has had two major disasters.
In August, an Air Evac helicopter crashed Indiana killing three people and last December another Air Evac crash in Alabama also claimed three lives.
In the past 10 years, Air Evac has had a total of four fatal accidents and another 11 accidents in which the crew and passengers survived.
It's a record that is more than worrisome to Congressman Jason Altmire.
"They have a record that is certainly at the low end of the industry. They have in almost every case of the accidents that they've had, they've been avoidable, and that what's most troubling," he said.
The transportation safety board report, released Thursday, lists a loss of tail-rotor effectiveness as contributing to the accident that occurred near Cherokee. The report comes on the heels of a yearlong investigation.
The three aboard the helicopter - pilot Michael Baker, paramedic Allan Bragwell and flight nurse Tiffany Miles - were killed when the helicopter plunged into a wooded area and exploded.
Air Evac does NOT have members call us rather than 911! First responders are VITAL to flights seeing how flights CANNOT happen without the referral of a medical professional. Get your facts straight before you post information.
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