To ensure that patients do not incur unexpected transportation costs, MedBen offers prior authorization services for hospital-to-hospital air medical transports. About 85% of all air medical transports are either not medically necessary or the charges are not reasonable.
According to a new study, air ambulance claims jumped 30% between 2016 and 2020. Fixed-wing air ambulance charges increased 27.6% between 2017 and 2020, while helicopter transport charges rose 22.2% during the same period.
Our prior authorization services ensure that the patient is transported via the most appropriate means. Up-front utilization review results in fewer air ambulance claims – and if air transport is found necessary, the cost is typically less than 50% of billed charges. Additionally, patients can be routed to facilities with which your plan has rate agreements.
For more information about adding prior authorization services, contact our Sales & Marketing team at 888-627-8683.