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Commercial Medical Escorts Honored with Prestigious International Award

by Joey 4. December 2014

Commercial Medical Escorts Inc. (CME), a leader in commercial airline transportation worldwide, has been selected as the first-ever recipient of the Medical Provider of the Year Award presented by The International Travel Insurance Journal (ITIJ). The ITIJ Industry Awards are designed to recognize excellence across the travel and health insurance industry. ITIJ editor-in-chief Ian Cameron said, “It’s the best of the best”. Companies are being recognized by their partners, peers and colleagues from around the globe for their efforts over the past year in providing outstanding contributions to the global travel and health insurance industry.

“Commercial Medical Escorts is honored to be the first recipient of this award,” stated CEO Blake Yturralde. “By using well-trained medical evacuation coordinators and medical escorts, CME is able to provide consistent, dependable, and dedicated service that is driven to assisting our clients around the world.”  

Intana, a part of the Collinson Group, presented this award to Blake Yturralde, CEO/President on November 13, 2014 before an audience exceeding 700 people from more than 80 countries representing industry leaders in assistance firms, air ambulance providers, international hospitals and cost containment companies. The award ceremony took place at the12th Annual International Travel and Health Insurance Conference (ITIC) in Venice, Italy.

Commercial Medical Escorts Inc. was among three finalists nominated by more than 20,000 ITIJ readers. Amongst strong competition, CME’s program was recognized for its outstanding growth and development over the past year with emphasis on our weekly blog educating the public, our in-depth clinical program, dedication to community outreach and education, involvement in trade organizations and overall comprehensive industry knowledge.

We would like to thank our operations team, medical team, clients, and service providers for their continued trust and support in CME. Over this past year CME has learned a lot through collaboration, innovation, and success. We are so proud that the travel and health insurance industry sees CME as the trusted go-to resource when it comes to medical escorts. This award demonstrates that CME is the premier medical escort company.

It's Official: CME is Accredited by: Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS)

by Joey 21. November 2014

Boca Raton, FL, November 20, 2014--Commercial Medical Escorts Inc. (CME) is among a very small elite group of medical escort services to received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS). As of October 29, 2014 CME is one of three medical escort programs to complete this process by demonstrating overall high quality of service consistent with the elements of accreditation standards and the professional judgment of the board.
 
Blake Yturralde, CEO/President said, "I cannot express how proud I am of the entire team at Commercial Medical Escorts. We would have never achieved this recognition without the help of everyone on staff."
 
Accreditation distinguishes this medical escort program from many other medical escort operators by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.
 
Status as an accredited organization means Commercial Medical Escorts has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by CAMTS. Less than 175 air medical or ground inter-facility transport service organizations across the United States are accredited by CAMTS. Not all air medical transport service seeks accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.
 
"We believe our patients deserve the best," stated Blake Yturralde, CEO/President of Commercial Medical Escorts. "When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that CAMTS, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility, process and procedures. It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible."
 
Working towards the CAMTS accreditation was a two year preparation process that included a comprehensive review of the company’s policies and procedures, on-site surveys, sell assessment tools, and evaluation of operation procedures. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.
 
"Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to strive to continuously improve the quality of care we provide," said Blake Yturralde.
 
The entire team at CME has vast knowledge and expertise in the industry. CME has taken medical transportation to the next level. CME has a natural talent when it comes to dealing with the public in a service industry. We have built a sturdy foundation upon basic principles of integrity, great service, teamwork, and patient care. CME defines everything one can ask for when choosing a medical escort provider.
 
 
About Commercial Medical Escorts
 
Commercial Medical Escorts (CME) is a leader in air medical transportation. We are dedicated to providing and maintaining superior patient care throughout all of our domestic and international air medical transports as a cost effective alternative to air ambulance.
 
When your patient is in need of domestic or international air travel and requires medical assistance, C.M.E. is able to provide that care. Whether being relocated or is stricken while on vacation, C.M.E. is there for you to arrange aeromedical travel assistance during this stressful time. C.M.E provides worldwide airline medical transportation services for assistance companies, hospitals, and private individuals around the globe. We transport our patient’s on a commercial airline with nurse or physician escort utilizing upgraded seating or international stretcher service. Our caring and highly qualified medical professionals deliver the highest level of medical escort services. We have worldwide coverage and have medical personnel strategically positioned around the globe to assist you in a moment’s notice.
 
About CAMTS
 
CAMTS is an organization of non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services, with 21 current member organizations each of which sends one representative to the CAMTS Board of Directors.
 
The Commission offers a program of voluntary evaluation of compliance with accreditation standards demonstrating the ability to deliver service of a specific quality.
 
The Commission believes that the two highest priorities of an air medical or ground inter-facility transport service are patient care and safety of the transport environment.
 
Originally developed through an extensive public comment process and published in 1991, revised every 2-3 years, the Accreditation Standards address issues of patient care and safety in fixed and rotary wing services as well as ground inter-facility services providing critical care transports. Each standard is supported by measurable criteria to measure a program's level of quality.
 
 

 

The New Travel Protection: AirCare

by Lux Joseph 30. May 2014

A large percentage of the patients that CME transports with a medical escort are travelers that have travel insurance.  Travel insurance can save a traveler several thousand dollars all the way up to hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the type of plan they purchase and what type of assistance they may need. A medical escort ranges in cost depending on the location of the patient, destination, and the type of arrangements, but it definitely saves a family a significant amount of money to have travel insurance. It is important to understand and recognize the different travel insurance and protection products that are available and their scope of coverage. We encourage you to contact your travel agent to discuss the different options available.

In this article, we are sharing with you one of the newest products to the industry provided by AirCare. While Commercial Medical Escorts works with the travel insurance and assistance companies in providing a medical escort for medical claims, many insurance products offer other travel protection services. AirCare is delivering a product to the market that will benefit a traveler somewhere every single day. Delays, missed connections, and canceled flights happen every day somewhere in the world. We all hope that it doesn’t happen to us, but you never know when it may and it is important for you to be covered and protected. That is what this product does. It isn’t insurance, it is protection.

AirCare is a product of Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection. This plan will compensate travelers for many of the travel inconveniences that occur on a daily basis and most of them require no claim forms to be submitted. The focus of the program is not only to provide protection, but to require minimal effort of the individual that is insured. The next time you are experiencing one of the following travel inconveniences see what AirCare is going to cover you for:

·         Lost or Stolen Luggage

·         Flight Delay Causing a Missed Connection

·         Luggage Delayed 12+ hours

·         Flight Delay 2+ hours

·         Tarmac Delay 2+ hours

Each of these unfortunate travel issues are all covered by AirCare. If your luggage is lost or stolen, AirCare will pay you $1000.00. If your flight is delayed so long that you miss a connection, Air Care will pay you $500.00. For those who check baggage to your final destination and your luggage is delayed more than 12 hours; AirCare will pay you $500.00. A flight delay more than two hours will result in a $50.00 payment and a tarmac delay more than two hours will result in $1,000.00. The compensation model that AirCare has developed is beneficial to the travelers especially considering it only costs $25 per trip. Even if travel goes perfect, the small amount the travel pays for the protection seems well worth it.

One of the great features of this protection is that you can purchase the protection up until one hour prior to the original scheduled departure. At the current time this program is only available on domestic travel, but I think we can expect to see the program expanded in the future. The program is designed so that a traveler could get multiple payouts from AirCare. If they have an unlucky travel day that is faced with a fly delay, that then results in a two hours on the tarmac, followed by a missed connection; the traveler would be looking at an automatic payout of $1,550.00. The team at AirCare monitors the flights and tracks each flight. They will know if a connection is missed, or if you are stuck on a plane and before you know it the funds are deposited into your bank account or PayPal.

Choosing the right travel insurance is never easy and that is why Commercial Medical Escorts recommends you speak with a trusted travel agent that is knowledgeable about the different products and what they have to offer. Many travelers are uneasy about travel insurance because of the complexity and AirCare is trying to remove that anxiety by providing a product that is simple to understand and manage. On March 3 Chris Isidore from CNNMoney reported that since December 1, there were over 1 million canceled or delayed flights. Just in January 2014, MasFlight reported 300,000 weather-related delays.

Consider protecting your travel for $25. Keep in mind this is not insurance and will not help you in the event you need a medical escort or air ambulance, but hopefully it will appease travelers who tend to run into travel inconveniences. If you are interested, you can purchase your plan today by visiting: https://www.bhtp.com/travel-protection/aircare.


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