Commercial Medical Escorts - Blog - CME News Our CME blog will keep you aware of what is going on within the aero medical transport industry and the latest news for Commercial Medical Escorts. http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/ http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification BlogEngine.NET 2.0.0.36 en-GB http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/opml.axd http://www.dotnetblogengine.net/syndication.axd My name Commercial Medical Escorts - Blog 0.000000 0.000000 Real ID Act to Pose Challenges for Many Travelers <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Since 911, America has seen an increase in airport security and the process by which passengers need to follow in order to travel within the United States and abroad. These changes came about to increase safety and security for US Citizens, and the US government is continuing to work on making sure our safety is a high priority.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">At Commercial Medical Escorts (CME), safety is also our number one priority. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest level of care, while keeping patient safety at the forefront of each and every decision that is made. We look into the safety of not only the patients, but also our escorts that serve on each mission around the world. As changes are made surrounding airline safety as well as travel requirements we ensure they have the most up to date information.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Since 2005, the US Government has slowly been implementing and enforcing a variety of new rules to traveling to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act. Beginning in 2016 there is a select group of states in which residents will be required to travel with a passport, even on domestic travel. Currently the following states that will follow under these guidelines are:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">Massachusetts</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">Minnesota</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">New Hampshire</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">Louisiana</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">Wisconsin</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">New York</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">American Samoa</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">The driver’s licenses and state IDs from the aforementioned states above are not compliant with the Real ID standards and this is why they are requiring those residents to travel with their passports. While all of our <a name="OLE_LINK2"></a><a name="OLE_LINK1"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;">nurses, physicians, paramedics, and travel companions </span></a>carry passports, this is not the case for all Americans.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>It does not appear to be clear as to why the states above do not meet the requirements, but the US government believes this is a vital component of our national security framework that needs to be complied with at all levels.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">According to the Department of <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief">Homeland Security’s guidelines</a> on enforcement of the Real ID Act,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Arial;">“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on December 20, 2013 a phased enforcement plan for the REAL ID Act (the Act), as passed by Congress, that will implement the Act in a measured, fair, and responsible way.</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Arial;">Secure driver’s licenses and identification documents are a vital component of our national security framework. The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government ‘set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.’ The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.  The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, no sooner than 2016, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Arial;">States and other jurisdictions have made significant progress in enhancing the security of their licenses over the last number of years. As a result, approximately 70-80% of all U.S. drivers hold licenses from jurisdictions: (1) determined to meet the Act’s standards; or (2) that have received extensions. Individuals holding driver’s licenses or identification cards from these jurisdiction may continue to use them as before. </span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Arial;">Individuals holding licenses from noncompliant jurisdictions will need to follow alternative access control procedures for purposes covered by the Act.  As described below, enforcement for boarding aircraft will occur no sooner than 2016.”</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Under the final phase, which will begin "no sooner than 2016," residents of "non-compliant" states will no longer be allowed to present state-issued driver's licenses as identification for air travel, but instead will be required to present "alternative forms of identification – such as a U.S. Passport." It is up to those states that are not in compliance, working with the federal government, to come up with a solution to this problem.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Implementation of REAL ID has been repeatedly delayed over the past 10 years to provide additional time for states to comply, and it is possible that further extensions could be granted. DHS has promised that before this final phase is implemented, it "will conduct an evaluation to inform a fair and achievable timeline. The date for implementing Phase 4 will be set after the evaluation has been complete; this phase will occur no sooner than 2016...DHS will ensure the public has ample advanced notice before identification requirements for boarding aircraft."</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Given that not being able to use a driver's license to board an airplane for domestic travel could prove extremely disruptive to residents and travel businesses in the non-compliant states.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">CME will continue to monitor this situation as it impacts our nurses, physicians, paramedics, and travel companions, but also the patients and their family members that we bring home. Prior to any transport, our team ensures that we check all travel documents to ensure you have all the necessary documents to ensure a smooth journey back to your home.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/18/Real-ID-Act-to-Pose-Challenges-for-Many-Travelers.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/18/Real-ID-Act-to-Pose-Challenges-for-Many-Travelers.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=05a575af-987e-4bd4-906b-43ff86e0bf1e Fri, 18 Sep 2015 16:09:00 -1200 CME News Senior Travel Travel Stories Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=05a575af-987e-4bd4-906b-43ff86e0bf1e 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=05a575af-987e-4bd4-906b-43ff86e0bf1e http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/18/Real-ID-Act-to-Pose-Challenges-for-Many-Travelers.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=05a575af-987e-4bd4-906b-43ff86e0bf1e Beware of Tourist Scams When Traveling Abroad <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">Summer is the season for our medical escorts to be traveling to/from Europe on a weekly basis. Although Commercial Medical Escorts moves patients in and out of Europe throughout the year, summer is the most favorable time of year for travelers to see the Amalfi Coast of Italy, the heart of Paris, and the other magnificent destinations throughout Europe. Pictures and stories depict Europe as a great place to visit, but as a tourist CME reminds you to be cognizant of your surroundings and stay away from “tourist traps”.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">U.S News reports the top ten European cities as:</span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Rome</strong></span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"></strong><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Paris</strong></span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">London</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"></strong><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Florence</strong></span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"></strong><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Barcelona</strong></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Amsterdam </span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Prague</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Berlin</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Venice </span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Vienna</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Of these top ten destinations, three of the cities are in countries where tourist scams are most prevalent. Spain is the number one ranking country in Europe known for tourist and holiday scams. Italy and France follow close behind. Every day travelers to these areas have a high chance that they could become a victim of one of these scams. Some of the most common scams include pickpockets, over-charging taxi drivers, charging a hidden tourist tax at hotels, street vendor tactics, and street crime.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">In an article written by Hugh Morris from The Daily Telegraph, he provides statistics from a study which travelers were scammed: <br /></span></p> <table class="MsoNormalTable" style="mso-cellspacing: 1.5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;" border="0" cellpadding="0"> <thead> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Rank</strong></span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Country</strong></span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Percentage of Individuals scammed</strong></span></p> </td> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 1;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">1</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Spain</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">21.5</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 2;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">2</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">France</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">14.8</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 3;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">3</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Italy</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">10.2</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 4;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">4</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Turkey</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">8.4</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 5;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">5</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Austria</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">8.1</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 6;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">6</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Greece</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">7.5</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 7;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">7</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Belgium</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">7</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 8;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">8</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">UK</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">5.4</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 9;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">9</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Armenia</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">4.4</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 10; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes; height: 3.5pt;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt; height: 3.5pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">10</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt; height: 3.5pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Cyprus</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt; height: 3.5pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">4.4</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> CME strongly encourages our nurses and physicians to take necessary safety precautions when traveling abroad. Our operations team does a full safety review of each destination to ensure our escorts are aware of the safety protocols and current social environment at each location. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> The USTIA provides the following tips to prevent common scams when traveling:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Once you have arrived, here are some top travel scams you want to be on the lookout for:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><br /> 1. <strong>Credit Card Confusion</strong> – You’re relaxing late at night in your hotel room after a long day. The phone rings, and the clerk at the desk explains there has been a mix-up on your paperwork and credit card number information.  They would like to read the credit card number to you to verify that it’s correct.  They provide you with the last 4 digits of your card number and ask you to verify that it’s correct (it won’t be).  After you explain the number is incorrect, they sound confused and ask you to read back the entire number. Once you read the entire card number they claim to have found the form and all is well. You’ve just been scammed!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">What to Do When The Phone Rings: </span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l4 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Never give your credit card information over the phone from your hotel room.  </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l4 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Go downstairs to the hotel registration desk in person should any “questions” arise in regards to your reservations or payment details.  </span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>2. Taxi Cab Scam</strong> – You’re standing in the hotel’s official taxi line waiting. Suddenly you hear “taxi?” and turn to see a nicely dressed person motioning for you to leave the line. You notice the 15 people waiting in front of you and think bypassing the line might be a good idea; after all, you’re in a hurry! </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Do not take the offer! Scam artists are known for posing as taxi drivers. Accepting a ride risks more than your wallet, and you might become a victim.  Once you are in the car, these con artists may take you to a deserted area and then assault and/or rob you of your luggage, money and other valuables. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">What to Do If Approached: </span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo3; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">All official taxis should have the car number and company plainly visible on the outside. Check for it – if you don’t see it, don’t accept a ride. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo3; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Visibly examine the rate “sheet” and/or the meter when you get into the car. This may keep the driver from getting any ideas about hiking up the per mile rate after you’ve started toward your destination.  </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo3; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you’re unsure about where and how to catch a proper taxi, check with your hotel concierge for a recommendation. </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>3. Helping Hand</strong> – Walking in a crowded tourist attraction, you suddenly find you’ve been bumped and food or drink spilled on your clothes. The kind stranger who jostled you offers to lend you a helping hand to clean up. While helping you, the stranger also helps him or herself to your wallet.  </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">What to Do: </span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l2 level1 lfo4; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Stay alert in a crowd! Any attempt to divert your attention or jostle you should be treated as a pick pocketing attempt. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l2 level1 lfo4; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Divide up any money that you are carrying between your pockets, socks, shirt, wallet and any other areas you can think of. It is unlikely that a thief will be able to reach all the different areas where your money is stored should you be targeted.  </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">4<strong>. The Deal of a Lifetime</strong> – This one may happen prior to departure!  These scam artists will offer you hotel or other accommodations in a travel hot spot for a ridiculously low price. The goal is to relieve you of your money as quickly as possible. To do this, they might offer you a “bonus” or a “prize” for purchasing. Typically the prizes sound great, but are not as advertised.   </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <br /> What to Listen For:</span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo5; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Time sensitive Offer – “only good for next few minutes…” </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo5; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Warnings - “you can’t tell anyone about this!” or “only one package is available...” </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo5; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Verbal pauses - “ahs” and “ums” </span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you are approached, do not agree to purchase without first verifying that the company is legitimate. In the U.S., you can do this by inquiring about the company’s liability Insurance. Any legitimate company should have liability insurance. If not, it should be a red flag that things aren’t on the up and up. Remember, if a trip seems too good to be true, offers too many prizes or bonuses or is below market cost, then it probably isn’t a legitimate offer.<br /> <br /> If possible, use a credit card when paying for your tickets, hotel, car rental and attraction fares. This ensures you can dispute any charges if you do get scammed without actually being out money from your bank account.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Be smart when you travel. Make sure you purchase travel insurance and always know your surroundings. Commercial Medical Escorts believes safety and security is the number one priority and so should you!</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/07/22/Beware-of-Tourist-Scams-When-Traveling-Abroad.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/07/22/Beware-of-Tourist-Scams-When-Traveling-Abroad.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=326247c9-6cd3-4886-acb1-f3369ac434c5 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:45:00 -1200 CME News Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=326247c9-6cd3-4886-acb1-f3369ac434c5 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=326247c9-6cd3-4886-acb1-f3369ac434c5 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/07/22/Beware-of-Tourist-Scams-When-Traveling-Abroad.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=326247c9-6cd3-4886-acb1-f3369ac434c5 CME Offers Advice to Help Keep Summer Travelers Cool <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Recent headlines are full of reports predicting that this summer will be a record-breaker when it comes to airline passengers being bumped from their flights. For many, the prospect of being bumped is frustrating at best, and for those who are unaware of their rights, the results can be maddening, not to mention costly. Add to that ever-changing security rules and new passport requirements and summer travel can seem daunting. With this in mind, CME has prepared a list of tips to help summer travelers stay calm, cool and collected. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Airline Bumping: What You Need to Know</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">To avoid being bumped:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Get an advance seat assignment. Passengers with seat assignments are typically only bumped if they arrive late and their seat assignment is released.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Check-in online. If you do not have an advance seat assignment, or you want to change your seat assignment, check-in online. Most airlines allow you to do so within 24 hours of departure. Seat assignments that were not available at the time of ticketing may be available when checking in online.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Don't be late. If all else fails, get to the airport early. Some airlines reserve a portion of their seat assignment inventory for airport check-in. If you are denied a seat assignment at check-in, put your name on the "standby" seat assignment list.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you are bumped or wish to take advantage of airline's request that you give up your seat:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Know the lingo. Voluntary bumping occurs when a passenger with a confirmed seat assignment agrees to give up his seat for negotiated compensation. It is not regulated by the DOT. Involuntary bumping occurs when an airline forcibly bumps a paid passenger from a flight because it has been oversold. The DOT regulates compensation for involuntary bumping.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Know what questions to ask. If you volunteer to give up your seat in response to an airline offer of a free ticket, it is important passengers ask about restrictions. Ask about expiration and blackout dates, such as holidays.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Know your rights. If you are involuntarily denied boarding, and substitute transportation is scheduled to arrive at your destination between one and two hours after your original arrival time (between one and four hours on international flights), the airline must pay you an amount equal to your one-way fare to your final destination, with a $200 maximum. If the substitute transportation is scheduled to get you to your destination more than two hours later (four hours internationally), or if the airline does not make any substitute travel arrangements for you, the compensation doubles (twice the cost of your fare, $400 maximum).</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Navigating Security</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Remember 3-1-1. New regulations limit the amount of liquids passengers can take through security in their carry-on luggage to travel-size toiletries of three (3) ounces or less that fit comfortably in one (1) quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag and the one (1) bag per passenger must be placed in the screening bin. Items purchased after clearing security may be brought on-board. (Visit TravelSense.org to learn about restrictions in Canada, the U.K. and the European Union.)</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Traveling Internationally?</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Better get a passport. Effective Jan. 1, 2007, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires a passport or other accepted document for all air travel from within the Western Hemisphere for citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda. U.S. citizens returning directly from a U.S. territory (Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) do not need to present a passport.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Plan (way) ahead. The U.S. State Department's Passport Services unit is experiencing a major backlog in processing applications. Rather than taking four to six weeks, routine applications or renewals are now taking 12 weeks. Even expedited service takes about three to four weeks. And, because the service uses a centralized system, travelers cannot get their documents faster by submitting applications directly to a regional processing facility. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">At CME, our nurses and physicians experience many of these travel challengers on a daily basis when traveling. CAMTS requires all of our medical staff to have travel insurance and we also encourage all travelers to have it. Depending on the type of policy you have, you may be entitled to a variety of benefits when situations such as those described above. Safe travels this summer!</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/06/21/CME-Offers-Advice-to-Help-Keep-Summer-Travelers-Cool.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/06/21/CME-Offers-Advice-to-Help-Keep-Summer-Travelers-Cool.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=8f26f1c5-acfd-400f-9bde-2d11adcf7c78 Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:59:00 -1200 CME News Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Stories Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=8f26f1c5-acfd-400f-9bde-2d11adcf7c78 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=8f26f1c5-acfd-400f-9bde-2d11adcf7c78 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/06/21/CME-Offers-Advice-to-Help-Keep-Summer-Travelers-Cool.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=8f26f1c5-acfd-400f-9bde-2d11adcf7c78 Landslide Volcanic Eruptions in Costa Rica <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Costa Rica is normally a hot spot for tourism, with it’s tropical weather and lovely tourist destinations, but if you were thinking of going there on vacation any time soon, you might want to travel with caution. Approximately 43 miles east of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, is a slumbering giant, the volcano Turrialba. Or at least it was sleeping. Recently, on Thursday, March 12th, this massive volcano awoke with an eruption of smoke and ash that spewed up to a height of one kilometer (around 3,280 ft) into the air from the top of the volcano. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">This latest eruption has been Turrialba’s largest in two decades, with the last eruption having been in 2010. Four explosions were heard as the volcano spit out large plumes of ash. Those living close to the volcano were evacuated, as the main roads and four schools in close proximity where closed. The ash traveled out, reaching as far as San Jose itself, including the Tobias Bolanos airport. The ash made the runways slick and even interfered with visibility, leading to the temporary closing of the airport and over 100 delayed flights. Even the President of Costa Rica, Luis G. Solis was forced to cancel his diplomatic trip to Europe. Thankfully, the airport crew were able to clear out most of the ash next day, allowing the airport to reopen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Although things seemed to calm down in the following days, the last explosion happening roughly around 8:00pm on March 13th, experts from the the National Seismological Network and the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica continue to monitor the surrounding area, observing the seismic activity still occurring in the volcano. From their observations they’ve found that seismic activity is still occurring and while it seems that Turrialba may go back into a dormant state, they’re keeping on guard for any sudden changes. Costa Rica is currently in Yellow alert, ready to respond if needed, and tourist are restricted from entering the national park.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> CME recently moved two patients out of San Jose, Costa Rica shortly after the explosion on the 13th. In situations like these, our safety and operations team do everything possible to ensure the safety of not only our patients, but our escorts is number one priority. When traveling via commercial airline or any aircraft, there is no telling what mother nature will present to us, but we do our best to be proactice and anticipate situations to the best of our ability. </span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/03/23/Landslide-Volcanic-Eruptions-in-Costa-Rica.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/03/23/Landslide-Volcanic-Eruptions-in-Costa-Rica.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=adc511f0-fa9b-4d97-bdc6-31952db6a745 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:44:00 -1200 CME News Travel Stories Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=adc511f0-fa9b-4d97-bdc6-31952db6a745 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=adc511f0-fa9b-4d97-bdc6-31952db6a745 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/03/23/Landslide-Volcanic-Eruptions-in-Costa-Rica.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=adc511f0-fa9b-4d97-bdc6-31952db6a745 Meet Patrick <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">When you are ready to be transferred back home, Patrick is ready to take you. Based in South Florida, Patrick joined CME with a wealth of knowledge and experience in emergency care for patients. We are fortunate to have him on our clinical team and wanted to give you the chance to know a little more about him today.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>What is the most enjoyable part of this job: </strong>There is no place like home. When someone is sick or injured far from home the process of healing is compounded. The overwhelming joy these folks experience when they finally get home is the best reward. I've never experienced such sincere, heart felt gratitude as I have from these troubled travelers and their families, it can get pretty emotional. <strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Where did you gain your experience and knowledge in the field of nursing: </strong>I've been a nurse for over 1/3 of a century. My background is ER and ICU. I've worked in major teaching hospitals like the trauma ER at The University of Pennsylvania and The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. I've also worked in small rural hospitals and did international relief work.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>I've worked in large for profit facilities as well as local nonprofit and government hospitals. I've also had the good fortune to live and work in Thailand for 5 years, where I met my amazing wife. These varied experiences help me to adapt to most situations.<strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <strong>What has been your most interesting transport? Why is that: </strong>All of my transports are interesting, each one with unique challenges. The most interesting was probably transporting a woman home who took ill while on a family cruise. She was facing a terminal illness and knew her time was short. She became very talkative during our trip and told me about her life, a very interesting story involving multiple continents, the golden age of Hollywood and how proud she was of her very talented children. She didn’t say but it was my belief she may have told me things she had never told anyone else, even her family. Her family contacted me just a few days after I got her home to tell me she passed away at home with her children at her side. It was what she had wanted and I was happy to have helped.<strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>What areas of expertise do you have experience in? </strong>Most of my experience is in the ER large and small. I have also worked in ICU, surgical ICU and CVICU. <strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>When you are not flying what do you do? </strong>I live in south Florida with my wife Pim. We like to ride bikes, explore the many waterways on our stand-up paddle boards and walk on the beach. We also travel yearly to visit with our extended family in Thailand. We always get travel insurance.<strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>What would you tell future clients of CME? </strong>First and foremost, get travel insurance. I've seen it work so well over and over again. Pay attention to local conditions and remain situational aware. Make copies of all of your travel documents and e-mail them to yourself. Most importantly have fun, put down your phones and tablets and enjoy yourself. If trouble comes, we'll come and get you.<strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong> </strong><strong>Please describe a difficult trip and the outcome:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span></strong>I performed an around the world transport. Miami, JFK, Istanbul, Toulouse, Frankfort, Seoul, Brisbane, LAX, Miami. 52 hours in the air over 6 days. Lay overs in airport infirmaries in Germany and Korea. 6 different lift trucks plane/deplane processes. The client had suffered multiple traumas, was on a stretcher, and required constant care. All transitions went without a hitch, the ground personnel where very helpful, the cabin crews on the different carriers were great. His family was very appreciative. “We were so afraid he would never get home again.” The client had a long recovery ahead of him but he was home with family and friends. It was a great experience.</span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><img style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/image.axd?picture=2015%2f2%2fPatrick.jpg" alt="" width="663" height="1046" /></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/02/10/Meet-Patrick.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/02/10/Meet-Patrick.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=3b3903e6-9f83-407d-9fe2-0e3217693b38 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:59:00 -1200 CME News Meet the Team Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=3b3903e6-9f83-407d-9fe2-0e3217693b38 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=3b3903e6-9f83-407d-9fe2-0e3217693b38 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/02/10/Meet-Patrick.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=3b3903e6-9f83-407d-9fe2-0e3217693b38 Understanding the Tarmac Delay Rule <p>Every day we have nurses, physicians, and patients traveling to different parts of the world via commercial airlines.  We arrange travel for our clients on more than twenty airlines and in a single day we can have more than ten transports occurring simultaneously.  With this data, one can only imagine the number of delays that can occur since we are using commercial airlines. It is one of the challenges CME and other medical escort companies face however; it is one challenge that cannot be avoided. Sky Cap Corp, our in-house travel department, works tirelessly to ensure appropriate connection times for our escorts and patients, but one can never tell what type of delay may occur on daily basis due to weather, mechanical, air traffic, or even a strike by an aviation union. CME is fortunate that Sky Cap Corp is continuously monitoring our flights to ensure seamless transfers and if a delay is going to affect a transport a backup plan is in place.<br /> <br />If you are traveling alone or made your own arrangements you may be left out in the cold “figuratively speaking” in an event of a delay or cancelled flight. As a passenger it is important for you to understand your rights and what airlines are and are not responsible for. Recently the Transportation Department fined Southwest Airlines $1.6 million dollars for violations of the tarmac delay rule that occurred during a snowstorm in January 2014. But do you know that the tarmac delay rule is and what rights you have?</p> <p><br />The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings issued an announcement in 2011 that outlined the tarmac delay:<br /> <br /><em>A reportable tarmac delay is a tarmac delay at a large, medium, small, or non-hub U.S. airport that lasts for more than three hours. The 3-hour limit begins when passengers no longer have the option to get off of the aircraft, which usually occurs when the doors of the aircraft are closed. However, if an aircraft is at the gate with the doors open, and passengers are not allowed off the aircraft, the time limit would start at the point when passengers were no longer permitted to deplane. If the flight that experienced the reportable tarmac delay is reported under the Airline Service Quality Reports required by 14 CFR Part 234, the data for that flight should be reported under Part 234 instead of Part 244.</em><br /> <br /><em>In the final rule, we state that covered carriers should file Part 244 reports for any reportable tarmac delay of “three hours or more.” This standard is inconsistent with the tarmac delay contingency plan requirements under Part 259 and the existing reporting requirements of the Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), both of which use a “more than three hours” standard. We intend to correct this inconsistency in a future rulemaking to make it clear that carriers do not need to file a report for a tarmac delay of exactly three hours. In the meantime, as a matter of enforcement policy, we will accept reports under Part 244 that meet the “more than three hours” criteria. For additional information, please refer to BTS Accounting and Reporting Directive No. 303A, issued on August 12, 2011.</em><br /> <br />Europe has a similar policy in place in regards to tarmac delays as well. Keep in mind though, delays due to weather does not require the airline to provide any particular compensation to passengers affected by weather related delays. Within the European Union, if a plane is boarded and sits on the tarmac for more than five hours, passengers will have the right to demand to be let off. If the tarmac delay is more than an hour, the airline must provide air conditioning, use of toilets and water.<br /> <br />In reference to recent events surrounding the Ebola virus the tarmac rules do not apply. In the event that a passenger on board an aircraft is suspected to have Ebola or another serious contagious virus or illness, passengers may be held on the plane to ensure health and safety policies are followed. No fines will be assessed to the airline. A safety relation or security related reasons are the only incidents that may exempt an airline from the hefty fine.<br /> <br />In the recent incident with Southwest, the assessed fine was much higher than previous incidents recorded by the DOT. The DOT advised this was due to the large number of passengers and flights that were affected. Southwest claimed that is was due to a shortage in staff, and the DOT advised there should be an appropriate amount of staff available as a contingency plan in the future to prevent this from happening again. Weather was a factor in this particular incident, but the DOT is making it very clear that they are serious about their rules and regulations. Southwest’s fine was more than the total amount of fines that have been issued since 2009 (5.24 million).<br /> <br />As a passenger on a commercial airline it is critical to understand that the tarmac delay rules don't just impact what happens when you're onboard a flight that's stuck at the gate. Airlines are required to post flight delay information on their websites for every domestic flight. You can even visit www.flightaware.com to see the statistics of on time arrival for a particular flight. You can compare delay trends flight-by-flight (and airline by airline) to lessen your chances of a lengthy delay.<br /> <br />If you are subject to a tarmac delay, we encourage you to call the airline or check their website to get information on filing a formal complaint. To learn more about the new federal tarmac delay rules, visit http://airconsumer.dot.gov/, the official site of the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings.</p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/01/18/Understanding-the-Tarmac-Delay-Rule.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/01/18/Understanding-the-Tarmac-Delay-Rule.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=9cad0119-0c09-41fe-90f7-666d55f9fe9c Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:42:00 -1200 CME News Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=9cad0119-0c09-41fe-90f7-666d55f9fe9c 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=9cad0119-0c09-41fe-90f7-666d55f9fe9c http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/01/18/Understanding-the-Tarmac-Delay-Rule.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=9cad0119-0c09-41fe-90f7-666d55f9fe9c National Blood Donor Month <p><img src="http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/image.axd?picture=2014%2f12%2fNBDM-logocolor9.jpg" alt="" width="617" height="239" /></p> <p>Next month don’t be surprised if you see a blood donor van at your neighborhood supermarket. Since 1970, January has been recognized as National Blood Donor month. President Richard Nixon introduced the proclamation and stated, “With the advent of the New Year, it is appropriate and timely to pay high tribute to our Nation's voluntary blood donors for their generosity and to encourage more people-both women and men, and both the younger and the older-to join their worthy ranks by providing a steady and increasing supply of blood during each month of the year ahead.” The winter season can be one of the most challenging seasons for acquiring the amount of blood needed for hospitals and medical centers around the world. During the winter there is an increase number of illnesses, people traveling, and holiday schedules. It can also be a challenging time for donors to keep appointments because of the cold and snowy weather in the northeast and also the post-holiday schedules. We can expect to see an increase number of donor buses around towns to increase the number of blood donations.</p> <p>Every day in our country, approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims. Approximately 37% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but current statistics show that less than 10% do. Those individuals requiring blood rely on that small percentage of donors to hopefully be enough to meet the needs. Unfortunately that is not always the case. While not every individual is eligible to donate, the preliminary requirements are:</p> <ul> <li>Donors must be in good health.</li> <li>Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent).</li> <li>Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds.</li> <li>Eligible donors must have a current photo ID, preferably a valid driver’s license. If you are a high school donor and don't have one of these, another form of ID with your photo and proof of age is necessary.</li> </ul> <p>A donor is eligible to donate whole blood every 56 days, or approximately eight weeks. However, it is important to know that some patients around the world need the other components just as much as they may need whole blood. There are four types of products that can come from whole blood donation: red blood cells, platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitate. Out of one pint of blood, the whole blood can be separated into two or three parts, allowing a single donor to save up to three lives in a single donation. As a donor, you can also choose to only donate certain components. Plasma can be donated as often as once a month. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times each year. When you give through automation, also known as apheresis, you may be able to save more lives by helping people with specific blood product needs. Every 12 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. Many people think that blood banks have a surplus of blood on supply for instances of scarcity, but that is a myth and not the case at all. From the moment an individual’s blood is drawn until the moment it is sent out to the hospital is three (3) days. Immediately after an individual’s blood is drawn it is sent to a lab. At that time it is tested and separated. Once the blood is confirmed to be clean and healthy, the blood is distributed to hospitals.</p> <p>This upcoming January, Commercial Medical Escorts encourages you to participate in donating blood if you are able to do so. Consider some of these fast facts:</p> <ul> <li>4.5 million Americans receive blood transfusions each year.</li> <li>40,000 pints are transfused each day in the United States.</li> <li>Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.</li> <li>A blood donation can save the life of cancer patients, accident, burn, and trauma victims, newborn babies, mothers delivering babies, transplant patients, surgery patients and others in need.</li> <li>Much of today’s sophisticated medical care (transplants, heart surgeries, etc.) relies on blood transfusions. • Car accident and trauma victims may need as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions.</li> <li>Severe burn victims may need as many as 20 platelet transfusions.</li> <li>Bone marrow transplant patients may require platelets and red cells from more than 100 donors.</li> <li>Blood products are perishable: donated red cells last only 42 days, platelets last only 5 days, and plasma can be frozen for a year.</li> <li>State-of-the art automated red blood cell donation, Alyx (60.2 KB), allows donors to double their impact by donating two units of red cells in one visit. This is a month to remember how we can save lives.</li> </ul> <p>Individuals do this every day around the world. Commercial Medical Escorts encourages individuals to participate in blood donation so that we can collaboratively continue to work towards achieving the highest amount of blood donation to save millions of lives at risk daily. By working together to advocate for effective blood programs and recruitment of donors, we can give hope - and blood - for those who give life.</p> <p>References</p> <p>Blood Facts and Statistics. American Red Cross. Accessed on January 13, 2014. <a href="http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/blood-facts-and-statistics">http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/blood-facts-and-statistics</a></p> <p>Donation Process. American Red Cross. Accessed on January 14, 2014. <a href="http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/donation-process">http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/donation-process</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/12/28/National-Blood-Donor-Month.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/12/28/National-Blood-Donor-Month.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=67b4c68c-020a-4083-8354-d4d87ec00fae Sun, 28 Dec 2014 15:40:00 -1200 CME News Medical Travel Care Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=67b4c68c-020a-4083-8354-d4d87ec00fae 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=67b4c68c-020a-4083-8354-d4d87ec00fae http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/12/28/National-Blood-Donor-Month.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=67b4c68c-020a-4083-8354-d4d87ec00fae JetBlue Gives You Less <div><span lang="EN"> <div> <p><img style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/image.axd?picture=2014%2f12%2fjetblue+charges.jpg" alt="" /></p> Jetblue Airlines and Southwest airlines appear to be the only two US Carriers that still allow passengers to travel with one checked bag free of charge. For travelers, this is a luxury considering every other airline charges a fee for a checked bag and those rates van vary among carriers. But is Jetblue shifting their philosophy and joining the reins of their competitors by adding baggage fees to their products?</div> <div> </div> <div>JetBlue Airways recently made the decision to charge for checked bags in the upcoming quarter after pressure from analysts advising them to align their fees with their competitors. When we asked our travel agent how he thinks this will affect passengers he stated, A lot of individuals still look to JetBlue and Southwest because of the first bag checked for free however, that is primarily your travelers who dont travel frequently. Most individuals who travel frequently have status with one or more of the airlines, or have a credit card that pays for the first checked bag to ultimately it will not affect them. The decision to charge for bag fees was not a single decision made by JetBlue Airways. This shift comes with other changes including fare structures, legroom in economy class, and plane configuration.</div> <div> </div> <div>As mentioned earlier, these decisions were driven by a Wall Street viewpoint to increase the maximum revenue potential for JetBlue Airways. In regards to checked bags, JetBlue plans to introduce a fare structure that will be three tiered based on the number of bags the guest has. Similar to other airline programs, the higher fares offer more flexibility and increased number of frequent flier points to be earned. Just a small increase for the airline will drive approximately 65 million in additional revenue for 2015.</div> <div> </div> <div>Along with the fare structure change, JetBlue is reconfiguring their airplanes to add additional seats. This is another attempt to add additional revenue to their sales portfolio. However, this will affect the customer experience with a decrease in seat pitch. JetBlues current seat pitch is 34.7 inches. However after the planes new configuration the seat pitch will decrease to 33.1. The average traveler may be disgruntled by this change, but JetBlue will still lead the industry with the largest seat pitch. On the A320s the increased number of seats will go to 165 whereas they could have increased it to 180. JetBlue believes in the customer experience, but also realizes its place in the industry. In the USA alone we have seen the number of major domestic carriers decrease year over year due to bankruptcy and mergers. JetBlue is attempting to find a medium between making the numbers profitable, and also meeting the needs of their customers.</div> <div> </div> <div>When JetBlue Airways first introduced these changes, the first thought from consumers was negative, but that is because the change hasnt been fully processed by the traveler. They have decreased the seat pitch, but they are still ahead of all their competitors. They are beginning to charge for bags, but they still will have fares that include a first bag checked for free. JetBlue is leaving the decision up to the customer as to whether they add a fee to their flight or choose a fare in which it is included. These fares are scheduled to begin in early 2015.</div> <div> </div> <div>Southwest will soon reign as the only USA carrier to include the first checked bag free of charge. While Southwest may see this as an opportunity to acquire a share of JetBlues customer’s who oppose the fee; it will be interesting to see if these changes actually shift customers to look at Southwest as their new carrier of choice. When travelers look for an airline ticket there are a variety of factors that are considered including fare cost, baggage fees, destinations, seat comfort, in-flight entertainment, etc. A small change like this may not mean a loss of business for JetBlue, but instead, additional revenue that was sitting on table.</div> <div> </div> </span></div> <p> </p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/12/16/JetBlue-Gives-You-Less.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/12/16/JetBlue-Gives-You-Less.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=da8d6a67-afcf-4625-9316-a6fc6da556a4 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:27:00 -1200 Budget Travel CME News Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=da8d6a67-afcf-4625-9316-a6fc6da556a4 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=da8d6a67-afcf-4625-9316-a6fc6da556a4 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/12/16/JetBlue-Gives-You-Less.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=da8d6a67-afcf-4625-9316-a6fc6da556a4 Commercial Medical Escorts Honored with Prestigious International Award <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/image.axd?picture=2014%2f12%2fITIJplaque2014.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="800" /></p> <p>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.</p> <p>“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.”  </p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/12/04/COMMERCIAL-MEDICAL-ESCORTS-HONORED-WITH-PRESTIGIOUS-INTERNATIONAL-AWARD.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/12/04/COMMERCIAL-MEDICAL-ESCORTS-HONORED-WITH-PRESTIGIOUS-INTERNATIONAL-AWARD.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=5b2071d0-b490-4f5b-8cc6-5d588d95e3f9 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:02:00 -1200 CME News Medical Travel Insurance Senior Travel Travel Stories joey http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=5b2071d0-b490-4f5b-8cc6-5d588d95e3f9 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=5b2071d0-b490-4f5b-8cc6-5d588d95e3f9 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/12/04/COMMERCIAL-MEDICAL-ESCORTS-HONORED-WITH-PRESTIGIOUS-INTERNATIONAL-AWARD.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=5b2071d0-b490-4f5b-8cc6-5d588d95e3f9 It's Official: CME is Accredited by: Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p><img style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/image.axd?picture=2014%2f11%2fCAMTSBLWEB.png" alt="" /></p> 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. </span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">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."</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">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.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">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.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">"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."</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">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.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">"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.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">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.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <strong> <div> </div> <div>About Commercial Medical Escorts</div> <div> </div> </strong></span></div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">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.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">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.</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <strong> <div> </div> <div>About CAMTS</div> <div> </div> </strong></span></div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">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.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">The Commission offers a program of voluntary evaluation of compliance with accreditation standards demonstrating the ability to deliver service of a specific quality.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">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.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">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.</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p> </p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/11/21/Its-Official-CME-is-Accredited-by-Commission-on-Accreditation-of-Medical-Transport-Systems-(CAMTS).aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/11/21/Its-Official-CME-is-Accredited-by-Commission-on-Accreditation-of-Medical-Transport-Systems-(CAMTS).aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=92b04bda-f172-4d23-a295-e079d18036d8 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:35:00 -1200 CME News Medical Travel Care Medical Travel Insurance joey http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=92b04bda-f172-4d23-a295-e079d18036d8 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=92b04bda-f172-4d23-a295-e079d18036d8 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/11/21/Its-Official-CME-is-Accredited-by-Commission-on-Accreditation-of-Medical-Transport-Systems-(CAMTS).aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=92b04bda-f172-4d23-a295-e079d18036d8