Adams County Ambulance Service continues in-house billing preparations

Posted: Feb. 11, 2013 10:27 pm Updated: Mar. 4, 2013 11:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Adams County ambulance officials are continuing to prepare for the department to take over billing operations on April 1.

Paul Davis, director of the Adams County Ambulance Service, told the Ambulance Board Monday morning that the department's billing service, Intermedix, will provide the county with outstanding account and other data once the contract expires.

"There's nothing outstanding right now with Intermedix, except getting our data back," he said. "We're still in discussion of how best to get that back."

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. In November, the board learned that an additional $64,000 in accounts were overdue by more than 361 days.

Intermedix charges the county 9.9 percent of what it collects. Department officials said bringing billing in-house could net the county an additional $200,000 more in revenue each year.

The Ambulance Board purchased software for billing and data collection last month. The department also is buying seven tablet computers for paramedics to use in the field.

Davis said the department started inputting data into its new system Monday.

"What that will allow us to do is essentially customize the system on the administrative side to our needs and also build the system that will be user friendly for the medics in the field gathering data and still be able to achieve the necessary requirements of reporting," he said.

Training is not expected on the system until the software is set up.