Monday, October 31, 2011

Need an ambulance? Costs are going up.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 5:03 PM

American Medical Response, El Paso County's sole emergency ambulance provider, wants a rate increase of 5.318 percent effective Jan. 1.

The rate hike already has been approved by the Emergency Services Agency, a board with representatives from the county, Colorado Springs and surrounding towns.

  • AMR website

The last increase came in October 2010 when rates went up by 5.8973 percent as an inflation adjustment.

The proposed rate hike for next year would, for example, drive the cost of an advanced life support ride to $709 from $674. Mileage charges (per loaded mile) would go up to $16.50 per mile from $15.67.

As a member of the ESA, El Paso County's approval is necessary before a rate increase can take affect. Commissioners are due to consider the change Tuesday at their meeting that starts at 9 a.m. in the County Administration Building, 27 E. Vermijo Ave.

Local officials approved a new five-year contract with AMR, with subsequent years to extend the contract, which became effective in January 2009.

ESA's budget this year is $218,500, nearly all of which comes from AMR in the way of a contract administration fee and fines for violations of the contract, such as cases of documented response times that don't meet contract obligations.

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