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Ambulance district to track down unpaid bills

Ambulance district to track down unpaid bills

February 20th, 2019 by Liz Morales in Local News

Photo by Justin L. Stewart/News Tribune

The Mid-Mo Ambulance district will be testing out the services of a company that will help locate patient information by way of social security numbers, addresses and insurance information. This proposal was presented to the board at the Feb. 13 meeting.

Brenda West, secretary to the ambulance board, presented the proposal from NSure.

West said returned mail has increased, making it more difficult to locate social security numbers which are needed when accounts are turned over to collections. NSure estimated it could gather enough information to collect anywhere from $39,000-$63,000 on an annual basis. West and Administrator Lee Kempf found the estimation to be high, but said these services are beneficial.

The program offers a 45-day, 100 percent refund, with or without cause, and if the program is not able to locate the required information on 10 percent of the claims submitted, the company will terminate the contract.

The cost of these services is $599 initially and $599 per month. While the contract is good for two years, the board agreed to sign the contract for one year, as a trial run.

The board also approved a $7,834 bid to install a 16 Seer heat pump with a 96 percent, two-stage furnace for the Versailles base.

Kempf told the board the furnace/air system at the base has been in questionable shape for a number of years. During this recent bout of cold weather, the heating system was serviced daily. The approved bid included individual wall units due to the variation in desired thermostat settings among crew members.

Kempf and the board decided the systems would be installed with smart thermostats in order for administration to have the opportunity to control the thermostats when needed. These thermostats also will be installed at the new California base.

In other business, the board:

  • Accepted a bid on Old Unit 10 from John Lapp for $2,029
  • Learned accounts that had been written off in the office for the month of January totaled $1,030.43
  • Run stats for the month of January were — California, 66 calls with 37 transports; Tipton, 34 calls with 22 transports; Versalles, 157 calls with 100 transports; for a district-wide, 257 calls with 159 transports and a transport rate of 74 percent.