The full letter can be viewed HERE.
On April 17, 2020, AAMS leadership requested that Congress consider the following for the next legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Appropriate $815,920,000 in additional Public Health and Social Service Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) grants specifically for air ambulance providers to cover the 40% average loss in patient volume our members are currently experiencing and anticipate will continue over the next 6 months of this crisis.
- Direct CMS to implement a temporary increase of 65% in the Medicare Fee Schedule for rotor and fixed-wing air ambulance to help cover the loss of revenue associated with the uncompensated care due to rising numbers of individuals losing employer-based health coverage. AAMS anticipates this payor mix deterioration to continue for the duration of the crisis and would ask that this increase be in place for the duration of the declared national emergency.