The public will get a chance to comment on proposed rate and policy changes in the Douglas County Ambulance Service at Wednesday's county commission meeting.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets. The public hearing will begin at 7:15 p.m.
On Oct. 14, DCAS director Ted McFarlane outlined a series of rate changes designed to shift more of the payment for ambulance services from county taxpayers to consumers. He said a statewide survey of ambulance rates showed the county was charging less than what Medicare and Blue Cross and Blue Shield would reimburse.
McFarlane called for the county to raise its emergency call base rate from $178 to 250. A routine call would increase from $98 to $121. The increases would add an estimated $97,000 for DCAS next year, he said.
In policy matters, McFarlane recommended that the county continue to accept assignments on all Medicare claims. He also advised continuing the "paramedic level transport" for emergency services.
Here is Wednesday's agenda:
Review and consider a revision to the site plan for the conditional use permit for Rural Water District No. 1.
Receive a report and consider action on a failed timber culvert 1 miles northwest of Baldwin.
Public hearing at 7:15 p.m. to consider proposed ambulance service rates and related service delivery policies.
Consider accounts payable and appointments; receive comment from the commission, county administrator and the public.