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Air Ambulance Service

States are responsible for regulating the medical services provided by air ambulance operators and the insurance issues related to those services. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has limited authority under the Airline Deregulation Act to regulate the prices, routes, or services of an air carrier, including an air ambulance operator, in air transportation. However, DOT’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings may pursue enforcement action against air ambulance operators who engage in unfair and deceptive practices. Complaints and comments related to those perceived practices may be submitted to the Aviation Consumer Protection Division's on-line complaint form. Complaints are reviewed to determine whether an air ambulance is in compliance with federal law enforced by the Department protecting the rights of air travel consumers.  Complaints are also used to track trends or spot areas of concern that serve as the basis for rulemaking, legislation, and research.

Air Ambulance Complaints

Provided below is a list of consumer complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation against air ambulance operators since January 2019.

Month

Air Ambulance Company

Number of Complaints

January

2019

Med-Trans Corporation d/b/a Med-Trans Air Medical Transport - a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc.

1

February

2019

Life Flight Network, LLC

1

March

2019

Med-Trans Corporation d/b/a Med-Trans Air Medical Transport - a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc.

1

ITA Holdings Group, LLC d/b/a Apollo MedFlight

1

April

2019

O'Hara Aviation Management Services L.C. d/b/a First Flight Air Medical

1

Air Evac EMS, Inc. d/b/a Air Evac Lifeteam - a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc.

1

 May

 2019

Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC - a subsidiary of Air Methods Corporation

1

June

2019

N/A0

July

2019

Jet Rescue

1

PHI Air Ambulance

1

PHI Air Medical

1

Reach Medical Holdings

1

August

2019

Stanford Life Flight

1

MED-TRANS CORPORATION

2

September

2019

Med-Trans Air Medical Transport - a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc.

1

Air Evac Lifeteam - a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc.

1

Rocky Mountain Holdings  - a subsidiary of Air Methods Corporation

2

Life Net – a subsidiary Air Methods Corporation

1

October

2019

Air Methods D/B/A Rocky Mountain Holdings

2

Air Medical Group D/B/A Reach Medical

2

November

2019

Air Methods

2

Air Medical D/B/A Air Evac

1

Air Ambulance Complaint Data for Previous Years

Air Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee 

On October 5, 2018, President Trump signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (FAA Act), Pub. L. No. 115-254, 132 Stat. 3186 (2018).  Section 418 of the FAA Act requires the Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to establish an advisory committee to review options to improve the disclosure of charges and fees for air medical services, better inform consumers of insurance options for such services, and protect consumers from balance billing. The Department intends to establish a Federal advisory committee to be known as the Air Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee (AAPB Advisory Committee) to carry out the requirements of Section 418 of the FAA Act.  More information on the AAPB Advisory Committee can be found at https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/AAPB

Updated: Friday, December 13, 2019
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