New Air Ambulance Requirements Take Effect March 19, MHA to Host Webinar

Posted on March 08, 2019

As reported in December, amendments to the Public Health Code requiring hospitals to prioritize ground transportation over air for nonemergency patient transport will take effect March 19. Public Act 384 of 2018 imposes a series of new patient disclosure requirements on hospitals seeking to order air ambulance transport for a nonemergency patient, unless the air transport is medically necessary.

Beginning March 19, hospitals seeking to use air transportation for a nonemergency patient are required to take certain steps before ordering an air ambulance. Among other requirements, hospitals must attempt to determine whether a patient’s insurance coverage includes a participating agreement with the proposed air transportation company, and they must obtain the patient’s signature on a statutorily prescribed notification outlining the patient’s rights related to air transport. Failure to comply with the new requirements may result in financial liability for the hospital. 

The MHA has developed a sample notice to assist hospitals in complying with the new law. The association will also host a complimentary webinar on the new requirements from 2 to 3 p.m. March 15 for MHA members. Hospital compliance professionals, clinical staff leaders and quality/case management professionals at MHA-member hospitals should have received an invitation to the webinar March 8. Members interested in participating in the webinar may also email communicate@mha.org. For more information, contact Laura Appel at the MHA.



Tags: webinar, advocacy, air ambulance

Posted in: Issues in Healthcare, Top Issues - Healthcare

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