November 16, 2016

2016 National Case Management Appreciation Week Get Away Giveaway Contest Results Revealed

In Celebration of National Case Management Week last month, Angel MedFlight sponsored its 2nd Annual Get Away Giveaway Contest. We thank all of the healthcare professionals who entered the contest throughout October and generously shared their insights on air medical transports. We value all of the opinions that we received and aim to incorporate the suggestions in our 2017 communication plans.

Our winners were randomly selected on Thursday, November 3 from more than 1,200 contest entrants. Each received an $800 airfare voucher on the airline of his and her choice.

Charles Hart – Case Management Appreciation First Contest Winner
Committed to Finding Solutions For Patients & Families

Charles Hart is dedicated healthcare professional accustomed to multitasking and problem solving, which is essential for his case management role in Anchorage, Alaska.

After retiring from the Air Force, Charles earned his nursing degree five years ago. Now he uses his ingenuity to help patients and their families navigate challenging healthcare situations.  In fact, one of his favorite responsibilities is coordinating long-range air medical transfers for his patients. Logistics coordination within a tight timeframe is his specialty.

Charles plans to use his $800 in airfare to take his wife somewhere warm and bright during the long Alaskan winter. Angel MedFlight thanks Charles for his dedication and we wish him a safe trip with plenty of sunny days!

Megan Mollere – Case Management Appreciation Second Contest Winner
Compassion and Determination Make a Positive Impact

Although she is relatively new to case management, social worker Megan Mollere already understands the importance of her role for her patients and their families. She is thankful that she can make such a positive impact and finds helping others very rewarding. Her compassion, enthusiasm, and upbeat personality are instrumental in her success. She treasures the relieved look on her patients’ faces when she solves their transitions of care concerns.

Megan’s positive influence is not limited to her patients. Hospital physicians, staff members, and patients’ families all know that Megan will greet them with a smile and a hug, determined to help any way she can. For her case management colleagues across the country, Megan encourages them to “continue the amazing work you do. Your work is incredibly beneficial to your patients…even if they never tell you.”

Megan hopes to use her $800 airfare voucher to take an international vacation with her husband in 2017. Angel MedFlight is grateful to work with caring professionals like Megan and we wish her a wonderful trip!

 

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October 6, 2016

Angel MedFlight Receives an Emmy Nomination for “My Real Life Moment” Video Series

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (September 29, 2016) – Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is proud to accept an Emmy nomination from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its “My Real Life Moment – Steven Hill” patient profile. The segment featuring Angel MedFlight patient and stroke survivor, Steven Hill, is one of three nominees in the Interview/Discussion/Feature/Segment category. The Emmy winner will be announced during the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards on Saturday evening, October 8th at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Angel MedFlight’s Emmy nominated video can be viewed on its website at AngelMedFlight.com/my-real-life-moment-steven-hill.html

“We’re grateful to the Emmy selection committee for their recognition of this compelling story,” said Barry Keyles, Angel MedFlight’s Chief Creative Officer and Vice President. “While the segment focuses on the catastrophic medical condition that Steven suffered while on vacation in a foreign country and his on-going rehabilitation, it is also an inspiring story about the love and support of his wife and his family. We’re thankful that Angel MedFlight was able to transport Steven and help the Hill family.”

“My Real Life Moment – Steven Hill”

Produced by the Angel MedFlight team, the segment was filmed over the course of five years, following Hill through his initial recovery and ongoing rehabilitation. Hill was just 33 years old when he suffered both an ischemic and a hemorrhagic stroke while on vacation with his wife Tanya in Jamaica in 2009. The next hours, days and weeks were harrowing as Hill received a medical flight to Florida for treatment, uncertain if he would survive. Hill required a craniectomy to remove part of his skull known as the bone flap to allow for the swelling of his brain. Stable, but still in serious condition, Angel MedFlight provided an air ambulance transfer to Boston for his extended care and rehabilitation

Hill still lives in the Boston area with Tanya and they expressed their appreciation to the Emmy selection committee with a joint statement, “We are honored along with Angel Med Flights to have created this documentary that shows Steven’s journey from tragedy to happy ending. Thank you to everyone involved with this project.”




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Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Honors Angel MedFlight With Award

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (September 21, 2016) – The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) selected Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance as the winner of the 2016 BCEN Honorary Certification Recognition Award – Small Health Care Facility. The honor was presented at a ceremony on September 16 as part of the Emergency Nursing 2016 Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California.  The accolade celebrates the hard work and achievement of Angel MedFlight’s medical crew. All of Angel MedFlight’s nurses have earned their Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) credential, joining an elite group of air medical transport clinicians who hold the prestigious designation. Worldwide less than 3,400 nurses have earned the certification.

Administered by the BCEN, the CFRN is a specialty care certification that verifies medical expertise specific to flight nursing. The rigorous exam tests a nurse’s knowledge of body systems, disease specific care, and flight physiology. Nationally, only 59% of nurses who take the test earn their CFRN credential. Few fixed-wing air ambulance medical teams achieve 100 percent certification, making Angel MedFlight’s accomplishment an impressive distinction worthy of the BCEN’s recognition and award.

“We launched an initiative for our flight nurses to earn their CFRN credential when Angel MedFlight changed ownership in 2014. We are very proud to achieve this goal,” Jason Siegert, President and Chief Operating Officer of Angel MedFlight, said. “The CFRN credential tells healthcare professionals, patients, and their family members that they can depend on the proven clinical expertise of the Angel MedFlight medical team. This accomplishment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to exceed air medical transport standards and lead the air ambulance industry.”

About the CFRN and the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing

The Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) credential is administered by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) and measures the attainment of medical knowledge specific to flight nursing. The program is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance individual performance. BCEN certifications can be viewed as a guarantee of competency and commitment to continuing education and provides proof of dedication to the practice of emergency nursing care.

 




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September 20, 2016

Angel MedFlight Achieves Elite Status With Specialty Care Certifications for Air Medical Transport

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (September 19, 2016) – Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance continues to lead the air medical transport industry by elevating the quality of care with its elite medical crew. Angel MedFlight’s team of flight nurses and paramedics have earned specialty care credentials for medical flights, exceeding required certification standards. The Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) and the Flight Paramedic – Certified (FP-C) designations assure health care professionals, patients and patients’ families that Angel MedFlight’s medical crew has proven their clinical expertise inclusive of all body systems, disease specific care, and flight physiology.

Few fixed-wing air ambulance programs reach this level of achievement due to the rigorous certification tests, which require extensive medical knowledge as well as transport specific care protocol. Worldwide, less than 3,400 flight nurses have earned the prestigious CFRN credential and approximately 5,300 flight paramedics hold the FP-C designation. Nationally, the pass rate for the CFRN is 59 percent and the FP-C averages at 57.5 percent. Angel MedFlight’s 100 percent certified medical crew reflects the company’s culture of continuous improvement initiated by the new executive leadership when Angel MedFlight changed ownership in 2014.

“From the moment we acquired Angel MedFlight, we have focused on improved patient safety and quality. Building a team of exceptional clinicians has always been a top priority,” Jason Siegert, President and Chief Operating Officer of Angel MedFlight, said. “The CFRN and FP-C certifications symbolize our medical team’s commitment to excellence in flight medicine, and we are very proud of their success. Their skill and professionalism ensure our patients are safely transferred hundreds or thousands of miles.”

About the CFRN and FP-C Credentials

Administered by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), the CFRN certification measures the attainment of medical knowledge specific to flight nursing. The program is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance individual performance. BCEN certifications can be viewed as a guarantee of competency and commitment to continuing education and provides proof of dedication to the practice of emergency nursing care.

Founded in 2000, the Board For Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification (BCCTPC) administers the FP-C designation for flight paramedics. The certification process is focused on the knowledge and skill level of accomplished, experienced paramedics currently associated with Flight and Critical Care Transport Teams.

About Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance provides domestic and international air medical transportation services on a fleet of medically-configured Learjet aircraft. Built on a One Touch Promise®, Angel MedFlight’s compassionate team of medical, aviation, and insurance professionals simplify the coordination of air ambulance transfers for patients, their families and the healthcare professionals who care for them.

Available around the clock, the Angel MedFlight team coordinates every detail of Bedside-to-Bedside® patient transfers to ensure seamless service on the ground and in the air. Angel MedFlight is accredited for operational excellence in air medical transport by NAAMTA, an ISO 9001:2008 organization.

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September 1, 2016

ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders and Angel MedFlight partner to provide specialized care for critical patients

Since 2007, Angel MedFlight has built a reputation for safe, seamless air medical transports, transferring patients to facilities around the world. We are especially proud to partner with Centers of Excellence as their preferred air ambulance provider, allowing patients access to life-changing specialty care.


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ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health is the National Center of Excellence for patients at risk for the life-threatening medical complications resulting from severe anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Founded in 2008 by world-renown eating disorder expert Dr. Philip S. Mehler, ACUTE provides the medical expertise and psychological support to handle the most complex cases.

ACUTE’s medical stabilization program can offer life-saving treatment for patients who may have been previously unresponsive to medical care or have experienced complications of refeeding syndrome at a local facility. Healthcare professionals should consider a patient referral to ACUTE if he or she meets the following criteria:

  • Are at a critically low weight, typically less than 70 percent of their ideal body weight

AND/OR

  • Suffer from life-threatening medical complications including severe electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, edema (fluid overload), gastrointestinal complications, bradycardia, SMA syndrome, organ failure, previous bouts of refeeding syndrome, etc.
  • Need assistance to safely and comfortably “detox” from severe substance, alcohol, laxative or diuretic abuse
  • Are too critically ill or severely low weight to enter a traditional inpatient or residential eating disorder treatment program

Air Ambulance Transfers To ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders

Angel MedFlight transports medically fragile patients to ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders from every region in the United States. Whether patients are hundreds or thousands of miles from ACUTE’s location in Denver, Colorado, Angel MedFlight provides safe air medical transfers, allowing patients to receive the specialized care they desperately need.  If a patient is in need of a medical flight to ACUTE, please consider the following:

  • Angel MedFlight is the Preferred Air Ambulance Provider for ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health
  • The medical teams at Angel MedFlight and ACUTE adhere to the same specialized patient care guidelines to ensure patient safety and continuity of care throughout the transport and hospitalization
  • The Angel MedFlight team verifies insurance benefits and submits preauthorization requests to expedite medical flights

Please click here to download informational material on ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders and learn how Angel MedFlight can help patients reach this Center of Excellence.

For more information about ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders, please click:  Acute Website




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August 19, 2016

Angel MedFlight Saves You Valuable Time With 4 Key Tips

Typically patients and their families rely on hospital case managers and social workers to guide them through transitions of care. While some transitions are as simple a hospital discharge to the patient’s home, others are more complex. Some patients need cross-country air medical transfers to Centers of Excellence for specialized care. Ill or injured international travelers may require an air ambulance to return to their home country for treatment.

The more critical the situation, the more precious time becomes. Angel MedFlight is committed to expediting safe air medical transports and offers helpful strategies for healthcare professionals as well as patients’ families to save valuable time.

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Matthew Butler, Chief Flight Coordinator 

 

Our Chief Flight Coordinator, Matt Butler, joined Angel MedFlight in 2010 as a Flight Paramedic before he transitioned to our Flight Coordination team in 2014.

Matt has personal experience with every aspect of an air ambulance transfer and he is pleased to share 4 tips to streamline air medical transport process.

 

  1. Choose an accredited air ambulance provider 

A third party accreditation, such as NAAMTA, CAMTS or Eurami ensures that the organization adheres to the industry’s highest care and operational standards so you don’t have to spend time researching every provider.

Read more about Angel MedFlight’s NAAMTA certification by clicking here or the link below

http://www.angelmedflight.com/NAAMTA-accreditation-alliance-medical-transport.html

  1. Have the patient’s destination, insurance information, and medical records available

The more details you can provide upfront, the quicker the Angel MedFlight team can prepare a quote, explore air ambulance insurance benefits, and evaluate the patient’s medical needs for the flight.

  1. Allow the air ambulance provider to handle insurance preauthorization submissions

Securing insurance approvals for medical flights can be time consuming and complicated. Angel MedFlight has a team of specialists dedicated to submitting insurance preauthorization requests. Let them put their expertise to work for you.

  1. Designate your points of contact

Our Flight Coordinators manage all of the air and ground logistics, as well as the communication with patients, family members, insurance company representatives, and healthcare professionals at the sending and receiving facilities. Let us know who you would like to receive status updates or itineraries and we will handle the rest.

 

The Angel MedFlight team is here for you every day, around the clock at 877.264.3570 or online at www.AngelMedFlight.com. Please call us if you have any questions or need assistance with a patient transfer.




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