Flossmoor changes ambulance fees
December 5, 2013 10:08PM
Updated: January 7, 2014 6:37AM
Flossmoor ambulance charges will be changing to mirror the Medicare billing system.
A ride in a Flossmoor ambulance used to be an a la carte arrangement, with a base charge and additional fees for services such as hooking up to the monitor or administering oxygen, Fire Chief Chris Sewell said.
Medicare groups ambulance service into three categories, based on how much intervention a patient needs. Flossmoor will now follow that model, making billing much easier, Sewell said.
Under the changes approved by village trustees, the charge for an ambulance ride with basic life support will be $1,100, while one with advanced life support will be $1,300 or $1,500, depending on how much treatment is required. A $10 per-mile fee also will be charged for all transports.
The village stands to get about $20,000 to $30,000 per year in additional revenue from the new fee structure, according to a memo from Sewell to village trustees.