Published on Thursday, May 03 2012 13:22
Written by NRVNews
The Town of Christiansburg is currently studying the possibility of an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Revenue Recovery Program. EMS revenue recovery programs obtain reimbursement for emergency medical (ambulance) transport costs. Under an EMS revenue recovery program, people who receive emergency transport would later be billed for those services. If a patient is not transported, there is no fee.
It is important to note that under an EMS Revenue Recovery Program, no one would ever be denied EMS treatment or transport based on their ability to pay. Medicaid, Medicare and most other insurance policies already cover emergency transport services.
The Town is considering this program because the Christiansburg Rescue Squad responds to between 3,400-4,000 calls for service annually; sometimes trying to answer three or four calls at one time. Local area needs have simply outpaced the ability of volunteer rescuers to respond to all of the calls in our community.
Volunteers would still play a vital role in providing coverage to area residents under a revenue recovery program. If approved, the Town anticipates using a revenue recovery program to partially supplement these volunteer efforts with career advanced life support responders.
Additionally, providing high quality emergency service levels is a top priority for the Town and billing is an effective means of obtaining necessary funds without placing an additional tax burden on our citizens.
More than 100 EMS providers across Virginia currently utilize similar EMS revenue recovery programs to help meet their community needs. Within our region these providers include Floyd, Giles, and Roanoke Counties, the cities of Roanoke and Salem, and REMSI and Carilion Clinic Patient Transportation, which serve Pulaski County and the city of Radford, respectively.
Town Council is still gathering information and will not be taking any action on whether or not to adopt a revenue recovery program for many months. In the meantime, the Town plans to hold community meetings throughout this process.
More information will be available in the coming months via utility bill inserts, community meetings and website updates. Visit www.christiansburg.org/revenuerecovery
for more information.