Rural Ambulance Services Faces Challenge

| September 14, 2013
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Decisions made in Washington, D.C. are soon to affect local ambulance services. The Carroll County Ambulance District carries the Super Rural Bonus Designation, which is supplied through the Medicare Program. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Administrator Sherry Clavin:

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“Carroll County area is designated as a Super Rural Area. And that means that we have less physicians available to our population than some of the urban areas would,” said Clavin, “So, because we transport in mileage further distances for our patients, they have typically given us a little more mile payment on these patients.”

If the federal government does not reinstate the program in this budget, eligible ambulances nationwide will lose the funding.

Clavin’s district is based in Carrollton and serves the entire Carroll County area. They sometimes have to travel almost 30 miles to reach an emergency. The District also does transfers to other hospitals. They do about 300 hospital transports per year. The District responded to 1191 calls in 2012.

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