Coweta Commission

EMS provider contract extended until April

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Ambulance trips will get more expensive for Coweta County patients starting on Aug. 1.

On Tuesday, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners approved a new emergency medical services billing schedule. The commissioners also approved a contract extension with American Medical Response, the county’s current EMS provider. The current contract expires at the end of July. The extension approved Tuesday takes it through April 30, 2015.

The county decided to go with the contract extension rather than a new three-year contract so that county staff can look into the possibility of moving EMS services to the Coweta County Fire Department.

The new contract will cost $44,916 per month. The current contract with AMR is $295,000 a year. When the contract was re-bid a few months ago, AMR bid $990,000. The county requested alternate bids taking into account the new EMS billing formula and the county providing advanced life support equipment. AMR’s alternate was $499,000.

The contract extension rate equates to a yearly rate of $538,992.

The current EMS transport rate is $425, plus $8.50 per “patient loaded mile.”

The new billing schedule is $600 for “basic life support” and $800 for “advanced life support” plus $11 per patient loaded mile. If someone is treated by EMS but not transported in an ambulance, the cost is $100.



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