TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY READY TO DEGRADE LOCAL AMBULANCE SERVICE AGAIN WITH INTERMEDIX OUTSOURCING!!!
A vote on KCFD Ambulance billing being rammed through right now . . .
Here's what Kansas City residents should know . . .
INSIDERS CALL THIS OUTSOURCING DEAL "ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT" KANSAS CITY HAS EVER SEEN!!!
Now . . .
HERE ARE IMPORTANT DEETS ON HOW THIS DEAL WILL IMPACT KANSAS CITY RESIDENTS AND FURTHER COMPROMISE AMBULANCE SERVICE!!!
Billing in KCMO is going to take a turn for the worse . . .
Kurt Steward, the Chief Financial Officer for the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department during Intermedix’ service to the city and at the time of dropping the company stated in an email:
“Based on my staff’s analysis, it was taking about 42 days to send out a bill, numerous patients would call and complain about how they were treated when they called to pay a bill. They failed to notify us of a data breach until we approached them about it.
After termination of the contract, we learned that they had sent some of our claims to a 3rd party collection agency, despite the fact there was a specific provision in our original contract that they could not do that – we learned of this through a letter that a patient forwarded to us”
Don't get sick in KCMO, here's why THIS DEAL ISN'T HELPING THE KCMO BOTTOM LINE . . .
"Although the contract purportedly requires collections to equal $250 per transport, there are no financial penalties unless collections fall more than 5% below that target, so the real collection requirement is only $237.50 per transport.
"Therefore, for the 64,280 transports during the just ended 2013-14 fiscal year, these extremely weak financial penalties in the contract wouldn’t have kicked in unless collections fell below $15,266,500, more than a million dollars less than our maligned employees actually collected.
Based on our employees’ collections of $16,342,358 for the 64,280 transports during the 2013-14 fiscal year our employees collected $254.23 per transport."
Also, it's important to know that there's no coming back from this deal . . .
Ted McFarlane, Chief of MED-ACT, the ambulance service for all of Johnson County, Kansas that switched from Intermedix as the result of a request for proposals (RFP) about six years ago wrote in an e-mail that he, “Also, we had concerns about the Intermedix customer services.”
Intermedix again was not selected as the result of MED-ACT’s 2013 RFP, despite offering a lower commission rate than the selected vendor. He explained, “Customer service and our prior experiences were also part of our rating process. We had significant difficulty with Intermedix when we changed over to Digitech. The transition of the old accounts from Intermedix was not smooth. We ended up doing much of the IT work ourselves.”
Finally . . .
HERE'S COMMUNITY CONCERN ABOUT THE KANSAS CITY AMBULANCE DEAL RAMMED THROUGH RIGHT NOW!!!
"The Black community and all of it's influential leaders are FURIOUS at Sly James and the Council over the selling out of the Ambulance billing employees jobs! Also, all of the big labor groups (AFSCME Local 500, AFL-CIO, IAFF) have stood up to show their support for these workers. In addition, the Northeast and Brookside neighborhood groups are also paying close attention to the outcome of this situation.
They have made their message clear ... Those who cave to Sly and vote to outsource these jobs will NOT be re-elected."
Again, this is an insider deal that's going down right now and part of the reason that Kansas City ambulance service has taken a turn for the worse.
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