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AirLink is not to Blame

An opinion dealing with Medicare and Airlink.

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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.

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