AirLink is not to Blame | Letters to the Editor | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Coverage for Central Oregon, by Central Oregonians.
100% Local. No Paywalls.

Every day, the Source publishes a mix of locally reported stories on our website, keeping you up to date on developments in news, food, music and the arts. We’re committed to covering this city where we live, this city that we love, and we hear regularly from readers who appreciate our ability to put breaking news in context.

The Source has been a free publication for its 22 years. It has been free as a print version and continued that way when we began to publish online, on social media and through our newsletters.

But, as most of our readers know, times are different for local journalism. Tech giants are hoovering up small businesses and small-business advertising—which has been the staple for locally owned media. Without these resources, journalism struggles to bring coverage of community news, arts and entertainment that social media cannot deliver.

Please consider becoming a supporter of locally owned journalism through our Source Insider program. Learn more about our program’s benefits by clicking through today.

Support Us Here

Opinion » Letters to the Editor

AirLink is not to Blame

An opinion dealing with Medicare and Airlink.

by

comment

It has recently been reported that AirLink is unwilling to offer reciprocal coverage for members with neighboring emergency air ambulance service. In fact, the Source gave both Airlink and Life Flight “the Boot” last week for failing to strike a reciprocal agreement. However, the situation is more complex than the two companies reaching an agreement to offer reciprocal coverage to members in the overlapping areas they both serve.

When Medicare is accepted as payment, there are strict rules that must be followed. AirLink is strongly committed to complying with all applicable healthcare rules and regulations governing its participation in both Medicare and state Medicaid programs. Therefore, AirLink cannot honor other unaffiliated air medical provider memberships due to Medicare's current regulations. If Medicare/Caid program guidelines change, AirLink will adjust accordingly.

In addition to AirLink and Life Flight, there are four other emergency air ambulance programs located throughout Oregon, none of which have reciprocal agreements with each other.

It is unfortunate, but AirLink strongly agrees with officials recommending residents purchase both memberships to be fully covered in the region, as there is a competing program in the area. Due to the increased expense of having to purchase two air memberships in Central Oregon, AirLink offers monthly payment plans.first time.

AirLink’s key concern is fast patient care and safety. If we are unable to complete a transport, we will coordinate with appropriate neighboring programs

Editor’s note: Ms. Larson is the public relations director at Every Idea Marketing, which represents AirLink.

About The Author

Speaking of The Boot

Add a comment

More by Source Weekly

Latest in Letters to the Editor