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Mid-Mo Ambulance board to get new binder lifts

Mid-Mo Ambulance board to get new binder lifts

September 19th, 2018 by Liz Morales, California Democrat reporter in Local News

Mid-Mo Ambulance in Moniteau County

At its regular meeting Sept. 12, the Mid-Mo Ambulance District board discussed a change in mileage reimbursement. Administrator Lee Kempf presented the board with a proposed increase in the district's mileage charge. The current rate of $8 per loaded mile is being reimbursed 100% from Medicare. With this, the proposed raise is $9 per loaded mile.

The board also discussed a need for eight belts meant for a chest size of 34-by-62 inches and eight belts for larger patients of a chest size of 58-by-82 inches. Each lift comes with a storage bag including eight pairs of leg strap extenders.

The total cost of the bid was $12,784. The belts, Lee said, fit like a corset and would help save patients and crew members from injury when lifting.

The board also reviewed a new insurance plan with a higher deductible. Employees of the ambulance district who have met their deductible this year now would need to pay an additional amount to meet the difference. Lee said to avoid this issue in the future, the board should consider moving the health insurance plan year to begin Jan. 1 to coincide with the deductible year. The members of the board obliged.

Other business the board discussed included:

The 2018-19 fiscal year budget was reviewed and found to have no significant changes. The new budget is "looking better than last year," Kempf said. Income is expected to increase by approximately $100,000 due to a better sales tax collection and the mileage charge increase. Expenses for the year are proposed to decrease with no major ambulance or other purchases needed. The projected funds were shown to be $3,299,000 and projected expenses at $3,112,500 for a reserve of $186,600.

Office Manager Brenda West presented the board with accounts that had been written off in the amount of $561.67. The accounts deemed collectible for the board's approval for write off were then presented to show a total of $31,390.89. These accounts, West said, along with the more than $20,000 written off earlier in the year, would run the total write offs to be under $60,000. The total bad debt budgeted for the year was $260,000. The majority of the bad debt was sent to collections and has the potential for revenue.

Stats for August were presented as follows: California, 92 calls with 51 transports; Tipton, 54 calls with 35 transports; Versailles, 193 calls with 141 transports. The total calls district-wide were 339, with 227 patients transported for a transport rate on patient contact calls of 78 percent.