Billing - Charges & Processing

Billing Charges

The Rice County EMS policy states that all “Charges for service will be made from a predetermined schedule that is available to the public at any time.”   The charges for ambulance service are as follows:

ALS Non-Emergency - This charge is for a scheduled transport, such as a transfer from one facility to another facility, that requires Advanced Life Support treatment or evaluation. Most commonly, these calls are arranged directly between the facility and the EMS staff and not handled through Rice County 9-1-1.
Cost:  $450.00

ALS Level 1 Emergency - This charge is for any transport that requires Advanced Life Support treatment or evaluation.  The most common evaluation tool within this category is the application of the cardiac monitor to obtain an EKG.
Cost:  $600.00

ALS Level 2 Emergency  - This charge is for any transport that requires two or more administrations of medications or multiple Advanced Life Support interventions.
Cost:  $800.00

BLS Non-Emergency - This charge is for a scheduled transport, such as a transfer from one facility to another facility, that requires Basic Life Support treatment or evaluation. Most commonly, these calls are arranged directly between the facility and the EMS staff and not handled through Rice County 9-1-1.
Cost:  $350.00

BLS Emergency -  This charge is for any transport that requires Basic Life Support treatment such as administration of Oxygen, splinting, etc.  This care can be from any level of technician (EMT-Paramedic).  
Cost:  $500.00

Mileage - This charge is for loaded mile to the receiving facility.
Cost:  $ 15.00 per mile

Stand-by - This charge is for having a unit and two personnel in a stand-by mode with an ambulance, such as football games etc.
Cost: $35.00 per hour

Dry Run - We generally do not charge any patient for EMS service unless transport is made. 

There is however two exceptions to this policy.

  • The call for EMS service is abused by repeated un-necessary calls by the same patient.
  • The patient refuses service after medication is given and/or the problem corrected.  The most common cause for this is in the case of diabetic patients who have a reduced level of consciousness and is given a medication to correct the problem and then refuses to be transported to a health care facility.  Insurance including Medicare WILL NOT pay for this type of situation.

Cost: $75.00 plus the cost of any medications administered.

 

Billing processING

Beginning in 2011, all initial billing is being done by Omni Billing.  For your convenience, you can view their services and contacts here.

Omni will submit your ambulance claim to your insurance providers and any questions as to your bill should be directed to them.

In the event that your bill is not paid within 120 days, it is returned to our office for further activity.  At this point, we are willing to establish a payment structure with you.