Class Action Lawsuit Claims Air Ambulance Trip Billing Led to $65K Balance
In a class action lawsuit, Air Methods Corporation and Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC have been alleged of charging patients with absurdly high unexpected medical bills of up to four times the supposed fair rate.
March Murphy, the lead plaintiff, filed the nationwide class action lawsuit against Air Methods Corporation and Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC in a federal court in Massachusetts on Friday.
He alleges that the companies take advantage of patients, some of whom are unconscious or are unable to consent, by charging them large sums of money for emergency air ambulance services that are not even covered by their insurance.
The plaintiff claimed he needed to be taken to the hospital after falling from a 20-foot ladder onto a concrete slab at work.
Murphy contended that he was gravely injured and did not recall authorizing or signing any paperwork related to the air ambulance trip. Moreover, even after his veteran’s benefits were applied, he was still charged with a roughly $65,000 bill.
What Is Balance Billing?
Balance billing is the process of transferring on to the patient the cost difference between what a medical provider charges and what insurance will pay. This often results in unexpected medical bills that can bankrupt a consumer.
Any patient’s desire to use emergency air ambulance trips, according to Murphy, is not a voluntary choice.
Instead, emergency room doctors make that final call. Moreover, Air Methods Corp and Rocky Mountain Holdings reportedly profited from individuals forced to use their services by hitting them with ridiculously high bills.
Murphy argued that Air Methods Corp’s contracts with patients who require emergency air ambulance services are invalid since the patients have not given their legal consent.
The lawsuit is requesting that the contracts be voided and that Air Methods discontinue using balance billing.
Balance Billing Ban on 2022
This isn’t the first time that Air Methods has been accused of exploiting people who require emergency airlifts.
In a class action lawsuit filed in 2016, an Alabama lady claims she was faced with an unexpected medical bill for more than $50,000, accusing the air ambulance company of balance billing.
After years of criticism, Congress finally outlawed balance billing as part of a $900 billion stimulus package passed in December 2020, although the rule won’t take effect until 2022. Furthermore, while the statute covers air ambulance journeys, it does not cover emergency land ambulance transports.
According to the class action lawsuit, Murphy and other patients forced to use emergency air ambulance services will face “crushing medical charges” until the ban on balance billing takes effect. Murphy is aiming to represent the over 100,000 patients who use Air Methods air ambulance services each year.
The lawsuit seeks a court order banning the company from abusing balance billing and damages, attorney fees, and court costs.
Editor’s Note on Air Methods Balance Billing Class Action Lawsuit – Charging Unreal Fees For Air Ambulances:
This article is published to inform you of the latest class action lawsuit filed against Air Methods Corporation and Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC due to charging patients with absurdly high unexpected medical bills.
Case Name & No.: March Murphy v. Air Methods Corporation, et al., Case No. 3:21-cv-10896-KAR in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Products/Services: Air ambulance
Allegations: Charging patients with absurdly high unexpected medical bills
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