The Air Ambulance Quality and Accountability Act Introduced, ACCT Takes to the Hill
On September 13, 2017, Representatives Richard Hudson (R-NC), Ron Kind (D-WI), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), and Joe Kennedy (D-MA) introduced a bipartisan bill, Air Ambulance Quality and Accountability Act (H.R. 3780). The bill ensures that all patients in need of air medical services throughout the nation have access to high quality care and patient safety regardless of which air ambulance agency transports them. Specifically, the bill would:
- Establish conditions of participation for air ambulance agencies, including adherence to minimum standards and reporting on quality measures;
- Establish cost reporting by air ambulance providers and suppliers; and
- Require a MedPAC study based on that cost reporting.
ACCT applauds the introduction of H.R. 3780 and members of ACCT are working diligently to garner additional support for the bill. To aid in this effort, ACCT encourages all members to review the “toolkit” to learn more about the bill, to learn about the differences between H.R. 3780 and similar legislation moving through Congress, and how to best engage lawmakers to support the bill as a cosponsor.
In an effort bolster support to advance the bill through the House and to generate a companion bill in the Senate, several members of ACCT participated in a Hill Day in Washington, D.C. on November 14th and 15th. On their Hill visits, ACCT members urged Congress to support, through cosponsorship, H.R. 3780. Many offices indicated their support and we continue the amount of cosponsors continues to grow. During the Hill day, ACCT members also garnered interest by several key Senators to lead the effort in the Senate.