• Change billing companies from Ambulance Billing Services Inc., Elkhart, to Medicount Management Inc., Cincinnati. Batesville EMS 10 currently collects an average of $309 per call. A Medicount Management official told Schutte, “I can beat that by $20” or perhaps even $50 per call for an estimated additional $12,000 annually. Schutte felt the proposed company would be more responsive. He checked references and found “they’re a good company to work with. There are not a whole lot of companies that do ambulance billing.”
Batesville’s contract with Ambulance Billing Services is up this month. The Ripley County contract states all EMS units must use the same company. The chief said every unit is in favor of Medicount Management except Milan, which hasn’t responded.The mayor told Schutte to have city attorney Lynn Fledderman look over the contract with the proposed firm.
• Start a nonemergency transport service from extended care facilities to Margaret Mary Health. For example, Batesville EMS 10 could take patients from The Waters of Batesville, St. Andrews Health Campus and the Sisters of St. Francis to the hospital or physician’s offices for tests when not on emergency calls. According to the mayor, “We’re still trying to work out the details.”
Schutte has contacted the three “and they’re all very interested,” but are waiting to study prices. He noted billing would be locked in by Medicare and Medicaid. If Batesville EMS 10 were to perform one one-way transport service each day (the hospital would return the patient when finished so EMS 10 wouldn’t have to wait), $66,000 in extra revenue could flow in, according to the chief.
He said “everybody else” has signed the county contract so it can’t be modified. The chief recommended signing, adding, “We are working very hard to get this changed for next year” with either more dollars or having access to a paramedic at no charge. The board of works voted to sign the contract. Fledderman said he has some objections to certain sections, but will work to modify them before the 2015 signing.