Herb Winters of QHR pointed out that the paramedic addition to become advanced life support (ALS) certified would not be cost-reimbursed, though additional benefits, such as the paramedic assisting in the emergency room and additional billing for the ambulance offset the additional cost to make the operation financially worthwhile. “We studied what our current operation would be if it was ALS rather than BLS (Basic Life Support) and with an ALS service we found it shouldn’t hurt us and in fact, be a positive.”
According to figures presented by Winters, an ALS service should generate $9,300 more of revenue in a strictly dollars-and-cents assessment. The financial estimate did not consider the number of lives saved.
No members of the Trigg County Emergency Medical Services attended the board meeting, but were represented by Hope Woods, who identified her interests by saying that her brother was an emergency medical technician on staff. “Trigg County needs to be an ALS service, but our concern is that guys with 20 years with the service could get an ax-job.”
Woods pointed out the demands of additional training on the current EMT staff. “All but two members the 22 EMT’s currently work at least one other job.”
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