Ambulance providers in budget crisis

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | 9:27 a.m. CST; updated 6:27 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 16, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Ambulance service providers in rural Missouri say falling federal reimbursements have created a budget crisis.

The Missouri Ambulance Association says federal health care legislation was designed to prevent major cuts in Medicare reimbursements for ambulance districts.

With the legislation stalled, the trade group says many ambulance districts are feeling a financial pinch.

The association says tax support is low in many Missouri ambulance districts, and cuts in Medicare payments would hurt the quality of ambulance service.


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Lee Clinton February 17, 2010 | 3:08 p.m.

From my experience, the only ambulance providers that are hurting for money is the non-district providers that recieve no tax support. The hospital I am employed at operates an ambulance department and it is a money-loser because reimbursement is so bad from Medicare and Medicaid. However, after analyzing surrounding communities Ambulance Districts the revenue they recieve from tax support is hundreds of thousands of dollars more than our department's deficit. This is their profit, and since they are a District they can't keep profits so they spend spend spend away. It is a real waste of tax dollars.

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