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JASON QUISLING, VICE PRESIDENT OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS, WEIGHS IN ON HOW HEMS OPERATORS ARE ADAPTING TO PANDEMIC CHALLENGES

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Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) continue providing life-saving patient care while adapting to the volatile climate of the pandemic. In a recent article, Always There, Always Ready, from RotorHub Magazine’s June/July 2020 Issue, Air Methods VP of Flight Operations, Jason Quisling, reflected on his experiences since the pandemic struck. While Quisling noted a decline in the […]

MERCY AIR RECOGNIZED FOR EFFORTS TRANSPORTING COVID-19 PATIENTS IN IMPERIAL COUNTY, CA

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As the world continues to be rocked by the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, first responders across the country work tirelessly to coordinate care for people who need it most. Imperial County, a rural and impoverished region in Southern California with a population of about 180,000 people, has been a hotspot for COVID-19. The […]

MAINTENANCE CREWS TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION DURING PANDEMIC

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Our aircraft maintenance crews spend most of their time behind the scenes, making sure our air ambulances meet the standards required to transport patients. Without them, it would be impossible for our operations to function. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the unique job done by our amazing maintenance team requires unique precautions. Recognizing that their work […]

PATIENT EDUCATION, PPE CRITICAL AS AMERICANS DELAY CARE IN DROVES

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Air Methods CEO JaeLynn Williams recently joined the Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA’s) podcast to discuss the unyielding trend of patients delaying care amid the pandemic. According to a recent study by Kaiser Family Foundation, almost half of all Americans say they or someone they live with has delayed medical care due to the COVID-19 […]

ONE HAND TIED BEHIND OUR BACK

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This op-ed is from five New York medical directors for LifeNet New York New York currently does not allow air ambulances to carry and transfuse its own blood products. Recently, several medical directors from our LifeNet bases wrote an op-ed calling for the state legislature to change this law. We write as the medical directors […]

FLORIDA MUST PROTECT AIR MEDICAL SERVICES

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by Air Methods Air medical services have always been crucial to providing prehospital emergency care to patients in dire need. During this unprecedented pandemic, these transports are even more critical. Florida is one of many states currently seeing a spike in COVID-19 and patients in rural areas count on air ambulances to get them to […]

WHERE HAVE ALL THE PATIENTS GONE?

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COVID-19 has created a secondary epidemic in which people are effectively risking their lives to avoid risking their lives. Imagine a family member enduring a heart attack at home with no medical attention. It’s a terrifying thought. But it is happening with alarming regularity all over the country.  A recent piece by Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, […]

THE LATEST TOOLS TO ENSURE SUCCESSFUL FIRST-PASS INTUBATION

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by Dave Olvera The facilitation of advanced airway management in the prehospital setting is a critical technique for patient care. Historically, the modalities and techniques have changed in prehospital transport. Included in these updates is the advancement of intubation devices and enhanced cognitive offload tools. Earlier this week, I wrote an article for AirMed & […]

AIR METHODS DEDICATED TO SERVING OLDER AMERICANS WITH NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED

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We all see older adults around the country make their mark every day as volunteers, employees, employers, parents, grandparents, mentors, and advocates. They offer their time, talents, and experience to the benefit of our communities. May is Older Americans Month (OAM) and, as we come to the end of the month, we wanted to make […]

RECOGNIZING OUR EVERYDAY HEROES

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As EMS Week comes to an end, and we head into Memorial Day Weekend, it is the perfect time to say thank you to the selfless heroes who put their lives on the line to rescue and care for the sick and injured every single day. At Air Methods, and all the other air medical […]

A NIGHT IN NEW YORK: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE COVID-19 RESPONSE

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By Aidan O’Connor, Jr.Northeast Sales Director, Air Methods The past couple of months have been a true test for the entire healthcare industry. COVID-19 has challenged us all. As is often the case when disasters occur, even unprecedented ones like this, people have stepped up all over the world to do their part to fight […]

HEALTH AFFAIRS STUDY POINTS OUT PROBLEMS WITH BALANCE BILLING, BUT DOESN’T ADDRESS ENTIRE ISSUE

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By JaeLynn WilliamsCEO, Air Methods This week, our team read with interest a study titled, “Most Patients Undergoing Ground And Air Ambulance Transportation Receive Sizable Out-Of-Network Bills,” that was published by Health Affairs on April 15. While it examines balance billing from one point of view, it is important to provide thoughts from the perspective of an emergency air […]