Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

February 4, 2014

Batesville signs county EMS contract

Ripley County leaders are responsible for providing emergency medical services to citizens. “They contract out with the different units” in Batesville, Sunman, Milan and Versailles. Over the last decade, the amount paid annually to Batesville EMS 10 has risen just $3,500 to $37,500, Mayor Rick Fledderman pointed out at a special Jan. 27 Batesville Board of Works meeting as members contemplated signing the 2014 contract.

County EMS department heads have been meeting at least monthly since April 2013 to try and figure out solutions to revenue hardships, reported Batesville Fire Chief Todd Schutte, who oversees Batesville EMS 10. He said EMS money woes extend across the nation. “With the changes in the health care act, we’ll probably see a reduction of fees coming back to us for services …”

The mayor said, “I’ve challenged Todd to come up with some ways we can reduce some costs” or add revenue. The county did decrease the fee if a paramedic is needed on a Batesville EMS 10 run from $150 to $50. According to Schutte, “If we go with our projected numbers, it’s going to cost us $12,000 for a paramedic” in 2014 instead of $33,300 and $27,600 for 2013 and 2012, respectively, which could save around $20,000.

Schutte presented three tactics that could boost revenues:

• Change billing method. Of $352,676 billed last year, just $187,430 or 53 percent was collected. “We’re writing off almost as much as we’re taking in. That’s due to the way we’re billing.” He wants to change from an insurance billing method to soft billing. So far “none of the citizens in the area receive a bill for our services,” just insurance companies. In the future, after the insurance company pays, the remainder due will be the responsibility of the patient. “I feel that’s a fair way to do it.”

Member Gene Lambert asked about the outcomes of other EMS services that use collection agencies. Schutte said Rescue 69, Versailles, which uses a one, reported a “minimal amount” more dollars generated. Councilman Darrick Cox favored using a collection agency. “It gives you some backbone, some teeth,” he contended. Fledderman expected more discussion at the next council meeting. Lambert suggested changing the billing method for a year and reviewing numbers then.

Text Only
Local News
  • Slow going on I-74 tonight

    August 22, 2014

  • nws - bv082214 - BCSC Eisert New BCSC trustee chosen Batesville Community School Corp. trustees had to appoint a board member Aug. 18 to fill a vacant District 3 city of Batesville seat. On July 21, Chris Lowery's appointment as Ivy Tech Community College Columbus/Southeast chancellor caused him to res

    August 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws - bv081914 - SDCSC Trustees must 'become proactive' ST. LEON – If student numbers were the sole indication of Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp.’s future, the outlook is not very bright. Interim superintendent Dr. John Williams told trustees Aug. 14, “Attendance at our schools today is 3,740.5 (ea

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv082214 - big tree down Ka-whomp! Tree blocks road The Batesville Street Department made short work of a 75-foot-tall tree that fell across Township Line Road at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. “I heard the tree shake and thought somebody was doing some tree trimming, but I didn’t hear any saws runnin

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv082214 - golden villa Affordable apartment complexes upgraded It’s amazing how far $750,000 can stretch to improve two Batesville nonprofit apartment buildings.Over a year and a half of work paid for with an Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority Home Grant is finished at the Golden Villa Inc. two-

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv081914 - BCC hardebeck City panels in generous moods In back-to-back Aug. 12 meetings, the Batesville Board of Works and Batesville City Council voted to spend money on six projects. Brian Hardebeck, Batesville Fire and Rescue Department first assistant chief, asked BBW to allocate $39,043 to refurbish

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seven agencies involved in man's arrest An Ohio man was apprehended after an hourlong pursuit near Dillsboro Sunday, Aug.17, according to a Ripley County Sheriff’s Office news release.“Officers were given information that Perry Bruce, 34, Cleves, Ohio, was en route to a location in Ripley

    August 19, 2014

  • Nonprofit empowers families “Family Connections’ mission is building strong families. We believe by building strong families we build strong communities. We empower families to become the best they can be,” points out executive director Connie DeBurger. The southeastern Indiana

    August 19, 2014

  • Local leaders react to sources of water study Despite meeting in Batesville, Ripley County and Franklin County are opposites when it comes to their sources of water, according to an Indiana Chamber of Commerce study called “Water and Economic Development in Indiana: Modernizing the State’s Appro

    August 19, 2014

  • 'We're going in the right direction' The local economic development outlook may finally be making a positive turn. Mayor Rick Fledderman told Batesville Economic Development Commission members Aug. 15, “We’re starting to see more bites in this area. It’s just starting to pick up .... We

    August 19, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn
Photo Gallery

Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.