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A fee is charged for patients transported to a hospital facility by the fire department emergency medical service.
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For a basic life support (BLS) transport, the current fee is $516 plus $11.73 per loaded mile. Advanced life support (ALS) is $909 plus $11.73 per loaded mile; or advanced life support 2 (ALS2) is $1,137 plus $11.73 per loaded mile. These are the rates charged to the insurance company or Medicare. You as a resident will not be responsible for these fees.
No. Implementation of the ambulance billing fee will not affect the level of care or priority of treatment in any way. You will be treated and transported regardless of whether or not you have insurance. Only after being transported will you be asked about your insurance.
The patient’s insurance company or Medicare (if applicable) will be direct billed electronically by the City’s billing company. No resident will personally receive a bill.
No. The Office of Inspector General has determined that local taxes paid to the City are acceptable as co-pay amounts. It is the City’s policy that no resident be billed for emergency medical services.
No. The Inspector General’s Opinion has determined that local taxes paid to the City are accepted as payment made in full. It is the City’s policy that no resident be billed for emergency medical services.
No. The Ohio Revised Code requires insurance companies to have provisions in their policy coverage for ambulance transports. Medicare and Medicaid also have required provisions for ambulance transportation fees. Thus, residents have been paying for ambulance transportation services in their insurance premiums even if the fee was not previously collected.
The City is following the usual and customary rates established by Medicare for our area.