Acadian Ambulance to Acquire MedicOne’s Operations in 3 States

Acadian Ambulance Service entered into an agreement to acquire MedicOne Medical Response’s operations in Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas. Acadian expanded into Tennessee in 2018 when it acquired Memphis-based Emergency Mobile Health Care. The MedicOne acquisition will add Nashville to Acadian’s Tennessee service area and will strengthen current operations in Memphis, northern Mississippi and Dallas.

AMI Expeditionary Healthcare Acquires Air CM Global Ltd

AMI Expeditionary Healthcare (AMI), already known as the go-to Aeromedical Evacuation (AME) team operating in challenging locations around the world, acquired Air CM Global Ltd, a Malta-based global provider of aircraft management, charter services and aeromedical evacuation, solidifying their ability to respond to troubled areas even faster. AMI Expeditionary Healthcare’s Aeromedical Evacuation services will become even more robust and customizable due to this acquisition of Air CM Global and their array of aircraft management and operations offerings.

PrideStar EMS Announces Agreement to Acquire Trinity EMS

PrideStar EMS and Trinity EMS, both headquartered in Lowell, are pleased to announce they have entered into an agreement to create one emergency medical service company rooted in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. “The Daly Holding Company, the parent company of PrideStar EMS, is pleased to announce this acquisition as a natural step forward for both companies in a shared mission to provide the highest level of emergency care and support to our communities,” PrideStar EMS founder and CEO David Daly said. The expanded PrideStar EMS will employ 450 people and operate more than 115 vehicles in 14 communities in the Greater Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire.

Priority Ambulance Welcomes First Call Ambulance to National Family of Companies

Priority Ambulance announced Monday that Nashville-based First Call Ambulance will join its national family of companies. The addition solidifies Priority Ambulance’s position as the largest ambulance provider in Tennessee. First Call Ambulance is a leader in emergency and interfacility ambulance services in Middle and East Tennessee serving more than 50,000 patients annually. First Call Ambulance was founded in 2004 in Middle Tennessee and rapidly expanded to be one of the largest medical transportation services in the state. Today, more than 300 First Call EMTs, paramedics, dispatchers and support staff serve more than 50,000 patients annually with 54 ambulances and support vehicles.

Air Ambulance Charges Have Soared for Commercial Insurance, Study Finds

Costs associated with air ambulance services among commercial insurers have skyrocketed over the past several years, according to a new study from FAIR Health. FAIR’s analysts found the average charge for fixed-wing air ambulance services rose by 27.6% between 2017 and 2020, increasing from $19,210 to $24,507. Average in-network allowed amounts grew by 76.4% in that same window, rising from $8,855 in 2017 to $15,624 in 2020. Average Medicare reimbursements rose by 4.7%, growing from $3,017 to $3,216.

CMS Requiring Insurers to Submit Data on Air Ambulance Services, Broker Compensation

The Biden administration rolled out new transparency requirements for insurance brokers, short-term plans and air ambulance services, which are a common source of surprise medical bills. The departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury issued a notice of proposed rule-making on late Friday that if finalized would require plans, issuers and providers for air ambulance services to give detailed data on the services. The regulations also call for data on the compensation being paid to agents and brokers that help consumers select insurance plans.

Intermountain Healthcare’s Acquisition of Classic Air Medical Finalized

Intermountain Healthcare’s acquisition of Classic Air Medical, a leading air medical transport company that serves patients in eight western states, has been finalized and Classic is now officially part of Intermountain. Plans for the acquisition were announced last April. Classic, which is headquartered in North Salt Lake, Utah, operates 28 aircraft (16 rotary-wing and 12 fixed-wing units), and covers much of the same footprint as Intermountain’s telehealth service network, which creates benefits for residents in rural communities.

Empress Ambulance Service to Acquire EMStar

Empress Ambulance, an EMS provider in the greater New York area, is making inroads into the Hudson Valley with plans to acquire the assets of Empire State Ambulance Corp., operating under the name EMStar, which is headquartered in Poughkeepsie. The move is said to be a response to the growing healthcare needs in the region. EMStar provides a full suite of ambulance services including advanced life support and basic life support. With bases in Dutchess, Westchester, and Putnam counties as well as service in Rockland, Orange, and Ulster counties, EMStar is a provider of 911 and inter-facility transports to the Mid-Hudson Valley region.

CMS: Prior Authorization Slashed Ambulance Transportation by 70%

Prior authorization dramatically lowered the use of regular, non-emergency ambulance transportation among Medicare beneficiaries without affecting quality or beneficiaries’ access to care, according to a government report on Monday. Those are the results of a CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation experiment to test whether requiring ambulance service providers to get pre-approval for such services would reduce their use among Medicare beneficiaries with End-stage Renal Disease or pressure ulcers. Researchers found that prior authorization reduced unnecessary use and spending by more than 70%, lowering total Medicare spending by 2.4%.

Hartford HealthCare Purchase of Meriden-Based Hunter’s Ambulance Approved

State regulators have approved a deal allowing Hartford HealthCare to buy Hunter’s Ambulance Service Inc., making it the first ambulance service owned by the health care network. The proposed agreement didn’t require a public hearing, according to a letter from the state dated Friday. The approval paves the way for a stock acquisition for Hunter’s licenses, primary service area responsibilities, contracts and more, said David Lowell, chief operating officer and Hunter’s vice president.