Mercy Flight, Excellus come to terms on new agreement to ease cost

Mercy Flight Central has entered into an agreement with Excellus to provide in-network rates for critical care air medical services.

A report by WHEC-TV points out that the agreement establishes Mercy Flight Central within the Excellus network.

The cost of a ride in one of these helicopters, while necessary in medical emergency, remains staggeringly costly. An earlier investigation by WHEC found that it cost tens-of-thousands for a single trip in some cases.

“We have been in negotiations with Excellus since early 2019 and are excited that this change will eliminate out-of-pocket costs to the patient other than applicable co-payments, co-insurance, or deductibles,” Mercy Flight Central President and CEO Jeff Bartkoski said. “This is a significant step forward to ensure our patients not only receive our services at a networked rate but will put them at ease to focus on their recovery.”

The new agreement takes hold on March 1st.

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