Friday, Mar 22 2019 8:30 AM full issue Sixty-nine percent of the 20,700 air ambulance transports–which cost up to $40,600–taken in 2017 by privately insured patients were out of network, meaning that the costs may not be fully covered, a Government Accountability Office report finds. And it will only get worse: Companies have hiked their prices by 60 percent, despite states’ efforts to put controls in place. In other health care costs news: the price tag on treating sepsis, surprise medical bills, and what the U.S. is spending on health care. The Hill: Government Watchdog: Costly Air Ambulances Can Put Patients At ‘Financial Risk’ Modern Healthcare: Emergency Air Transport Prices Hiked 60% While Adding Bases Modern Healthcare: Sepsis Cost Hospitals $1.5 Billion More In 2018 Than 2015 The Hill: Senators Ask CBO To Review Options For Preventing Surprise Medical Bills Georgia Health News: Change To Surprise Billing Measure Gains Ground But Draws Criticism Kaiser Health News: Even With Insurance, She Faced $227K In Medical Bills. What It Took To Get Answers. The Associated Press: Poll: More Americans Say Too Little Spending On Health This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.