Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

October 10, 2012

Barren-Metcalfe Ambulance Board discusses billing progress

By AMANDA LOVIZA VICKERY
Glasgow Daily Times

EDMONTON — The Barren-Metcalfe Ambulance Board’s regular meeting Wednesday focused on a progress report for the ambulance service’s new outsourced billing program.

Barren-Metcalfe Emergency Medical Services’ office manager Nancy Jolly reported to the board not only the billings and collections numbers since EMS began using AMB-MARS (Medical Accounts Receivable Systems doing business as AMBulance Medical Billing), but also how difficult the transition has been so far.

“It’s really been a nightmare, trying to figure it all out,” Jolly said. “But that will end, we hope, in a few months.

The ambulance board voted in February to begin using AMB-MARS to outsource the agency’s billing, and the contract began June 6. It’s still too early to tell how much of a difference in collections money the EMS will see, Jolly said. In June, EMS documented $4,508,553.50 in billings, up more than $642,000 from last year. June collections, however, were $1,990,320.42, down about $235,680 from last year. July collections saw an increase, while July billings saw a decrease. There were $282,562.49 in collections, up more than $160,000, and $341,722 in billings was a decrease of about $55,000.

 

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