It has been over a year since Warren County outsourced its ambulance service billing and county commissioners will learn Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. if their decision is paying off.
The county voted in January 2016 to enter into a three-year contract with Ambulance Medical Billing (AMB), a national ambulance billing firm that specializes in obtaining payment for services provided by ambulance departments. A changeover took approximately four months.
EMS director Preston Denney informed the county Safety Committee on Monday night he has arranged a presentation.
“I talked with AMB,” said Denney. “I wasn’t able to get them here tonight, but I have it set up for next month. There are two or three of them who are going to attend.”
The Safety Committee’s regular meeting night is the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. However, in September, that would be Labor Day. Members agreed to push the meeting night to the second Monday at the same time. The meeting will be held at the ambulance station on Magness Drive.
AMB charges 5.75 percent per month of its net collections. However, the company guaranteed it would collect enough additional revenue to pay for its services. If the company generates more than 5.75 percent in revenue, anything above that belongs to the county. If it generates less than 5.75, its rate will lower to that amount.
The county’s decision to outsource came after hearing positive feedback from other AMB customers and the hope of revenues above the 5.75 percent.
“Every county in the Upper Cumberland has switched to them,” Denney said, over one year ago. “Some counties, like Cannon County, they received a 12 percent increase. Pretty much everyone I’ve talked to says they guarantee around 6 percent. Putnam County said its increase was between 6 and 7 percent.”