By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Adams County Ambulance Board agreed Tuesday to spend $17,540 for software for billing and data collection, as well as tablet computers for paramedics and EMTs in the field.
The annual software license from TriTech Software Systems will enable the Ambulance Service to handle its own billing to collect more of what it is due. Director Paul Davis said the software is compatible with systems already used, and the county received a discount because it was a previous TriTech customer.
"We've seen this in operation, and the comfort level of (department employees) is very high," Davis said.
The board also approved the purchase of seven Getac V100 computers from Novanis IT Solutions for $21,063. These will replace the tablet computers that the department received at no cost from Intermedix, which formerly handled billing.
The department is bringing billing in-house for the first time since 2007 after it decided in November to end its contract with Intermedix. Medical Business Resources, which has an office in Quincy, will assist the county. The Ambulance Board first received a report from Medical Business Resources in July that showed Intermedix could have collected an additional $238,000 from overdue accounts.
The board learned in November that an additional $64,000 in accounts were overdue by more than 361 days.
Intermedix charged the county 9.9 percent of what it collected. Department officials expect the change to bring in $200,000 more in revenue each year. The department will start its billing operations April 1.