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By Martha Jane East
The Salt River Ambulance District board met Wednesday, October 20 at the ambulance base in Shelbyville.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Phil Leatherman.
Salt River Ambulance District Director Kieth Pantaleo advised the board members he is still waiting for information from CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) regarding the time frame for compliance with federal mandate for vaccination of heath care workers and contracted providers. It had been reported the Final Rule from CMS would be issued in October.
It is possible funding might be withheld for payment of claims for noncompliance. Pantaleo said approximately 72 percent of SRAD ambulance fees are paid through Medicare/Medicaid. Keeping qualified EMTs and paramedics is also a concern. Every district in the area is faced with same problems of funding and staffing shortages.
Edie Christine, secretary/treasurer, requested the board’s approval to change software used for billing. She detailed the problems that have developed over time with the current company. She had also obtained pricing information for available programs and what they offer users. The board voted to change to a program with a cost in a comparable range with current software.
Pantaleo reported the District has a membership in Missouri Ambulance Association (MMA) with dues of $500 a year. He proposed switching to the American Ambulance Association which is currently providing more information and educational opportunities. The board voted to join AAA with annual dues of $525.
Before the business meeting began, Pantaleo showed the board members one of the two Lucas 3 compression machines that was obtained through American Rescue Funds. He also explained how the compression device is used. “It can help save lives,” Pantaleo said.