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EMS to receive reimbursement
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Warren County EMS will receive additional money from the increased Medicaid reimbursement for EMS providers in Tennessee, recently passed legislation that was signed by the governor.

The Tennessee Ambulance Service Association aggressively worked to push the compensation project bill through the House and Senate. The bill attempted to provide ambulance services an additional payment per Medicaid run retroactively from Jan. 1, 2016 throughout 2017.

According to EMS director Preston Denney, the compensation is retroactive, but it isn’t all it was originally touted to be after changes were made through the legislation process.

“As it went through each step of the process to being signed by the governor, they added more stuff and pulled stuff and it got changed a lot from beginning to end,” Denney said. “It’s pretty well guaranteed through 2016 and 2017. If there’s funding available, it will continue after that. They are going to pay it out quarterly. Our first payment comes from Jan. 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016.”

During that time, the department made 210 runs that qualified for reimbursement. The department will receive $140 for each run, a total of $29,400. The compensation was originally in excess of $200 per run, but the legislative process lowered it to $140.

That’s the good news, said Denney, who then added the bad. Warren County EMS will have to pay TennCare a fee that amounts to right at $15,700, which is slightly more than half of the total payout.

The information was presented to the county Safety Committee. No action is required.