LifeSave Transport Selected as Partner for The University of Kansas Health System’s Kansas Clinical Improvement Collaborative
February 27, 2019
Wichita, KS – LifeSave Transport, a ground and critical care air transport company, is pleased to announce its partnership with The University of Kansas Health System’s Kansas Clinical Improvement Collaborative (KCIC). LifeSave was selected as their preferred partner after an extensive assessment of medical transport providers.
The KCIC, an accountable care organization, is a subsidiary of The University of Kansas Health System aimed at working with small communities to develop and implement programs and treatments that can lead to better patient outcomes and reduced health care costs to Kansans.
“Our work together focuses upon keeping patients as close to home as possible,” said Jodi Schmidt, KCIC Operations Director. “But when a patient does require emergency medical transport, it must be coordinated and timely to assure the best possible care. We completed a lengthy process to identify a partner committed to high quality, including on-going performance measures, and equally committed to working with patients and their insurance companies to address the associated costs.”
Recognizing the cost and important role that air transportation can play for rural patients requiring emergent specialty care, the collaborative elected to establish a comprehensive patient transport program in partnership with a medical transport organization. As part of its ongoing mission to improve patient outcomes while controlling cost, LifeSave’s complete transport system, innovative data-driven solutions and history of performance aligned with the programs overall goals.
An important component for determining the medically appropriate transport mode includes LifeSave’s new proprietary online software tool, LifeSave Mission Control™, which allows hospitals to evaluate the severity of a patient’s condition when deciding the level of transport care they need.
“LifeSave Mission Control™ is a tool that community hospitals can use to improve the transport decision process,” said Dr. Richard Watson, LifeSave Chief Technology Officer and developer of the LifeSave Mission Control™ software. “Matching the patient’s severity of illness with the appropriate type of transport is key to responsible transport care.”
Using the clinically-based algorithm in the software, each transport is then coordinated by LifeSave’s centrally located communications center in Wichita to match the patient’s clinical needs with the transport method when emergency transportation is needed.
“Our two organizations quickly recognized our like-minded approach to the complex transport needs in our region, and that we approached those challenges focused on efficiency and outcomes,” said Dr. Martin Sellberg, LifeSave Medical Director and CEO. “It is a good match, emphasizing advanced technology, best clinical and financial practices, and support of the KCIC vision and mission. The benefactor will be the patients who receive the care they need delivered in a high quality and cost-effective manner.”
As part of the new partnership LifeSave plans to continue adding to its infrastructure to support increased access to high quality and efficient patient transport solutions across the state. The collaborative will also offer an exclusive air transport membership program to the participants and Medicare beneficiaries.
LifeSave is an independently held medical transport system founded by two Kansas emergency medicine physicians and includes fixed wing, rotor wing, ground ambulances, state-of-the art communication center, in-house maintenance facility, education department, and patient billing divisions. LifeSave operates emergency transport aircraft under its own FAA part 135 certificates in Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Hawaii.
The University of Kansas Health System’s Kansas Clinical Improvement Collaborative is an accountable care organization. CMS.gov defines an accountable care organization as a group of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who come together voluntarily to give coordinated, high quality care to their Medicare patients.