Va. – The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), representing
the air medical transport industry submitted a letter this week to Department
of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar with an urgent request to
rapidly distribute money to emergency air medical providers from the Public
Health and Social Services Emergency Fund. In order to ensure the
sustainability of the air ambulance community’s labor force through the
challenges of the next six months, air ambulance labor costs will increase by
an estimated 50%. AAMS anticipates a total six-month need of $254,424.00 per
aircraft, for a total allocation of $363,571,425.00.
other segments of the health care industry, air medical providers are incurring
significant labor and other cost increases stemming from our members’ response
to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cameron Curtis, AAMS President &
CEO. “This public health emergency has exacerbated the already precarious
viability of emergency air providers across the country and threatens the
closure of additional air medical bases at a time when this service is acutely
needed,” she added.
In the April 6letter to Secretary Azar, Curtis and AAMS Board Chair Deborah
Boudreaux report a nearly 50% decline in patient transport volume with fewer
people requiring services owing to ‘stay at home’ and ‘social distancing.’
However, air services must remain a state of readiness for patients with
emergency medical and trauma needs as well as COVID-19 patients needing
transport to medical centers of excellence.
continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the EMS COVID-19
(Coronavirus) Working Group, hosted by the NHTSA Office of EMS and includes
CDC, DHS, and DHHS Office of Preparedness, as well as multiple National EMS
affiliated associations. AAMS provides updates and resources for its members
and the public www.AAMS.org.
in 1980, the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), is an international
trade association headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. AAMS is a
non-profit 501C (6) trade association that represents and advocates on behalf
of its membership to enhance their ability to delivery quality, safe, and
effective medical care and medical transportation for every patient in-need.
The 2020 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) will be held November 2-4,
2020, in Music City Center, Nashville, TN.