Due to the rising cost of providing emergency medical services to patients, the City has begun EMS billing to recover costs incurred by billing the patient’s insurance company.
What is an EMS fee?
A fee is charged for patients transported to a hospital facility by the fire division emergency medical vehicle.
How is the fee billed?
The patient’s insurance company or Medicare (if applicable) will be direct-billed. No resident will recieve a bill.
Will I receive a bill?
No. The insurance company or Medicare are direct-billed. However, you may recieve a statement or an RFI (request for information) letter in the mail. There is a website listed on these sheets you can log in on to fill out the information that is needed. (www.peryourhealth.com)
Will I receive a bill for my insurance co-pay?
No. It is the City’s policy that no resident be billed for EMS Services.
Will I receive a bill if I don’t have insurance?
No. The City’s policy is that no resident be billed for EMS Services.
Will this fee raise the cost of my insurance?
No. The Ohio Revised Code requires insurance companies to have provisions in their policy coverage for ambulance transports. Medicare and Medicaid also have required provisions for ambulance transportation fees. Thus residents have been paying for ambulance transportation services in their insurance premiums even if the fee was not previously collected.
If I do not have insurance, will my level of care be affected?
No. This will not affect the level of care or priority of treatment in any way. You will be treated and transported regardless of whether or not you have insurance.
If residents have any questions concerning the ambulance billing policy, they are encouraged to contact the Fire Division at 937-535-1132 or 937-535-1131