Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 19, 2012

Third-party billing system discussed for county EMS

By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. told members of the finance committee the county is checking into hiring a third-party billing system for the county’s Emergency Medical Services Department.

“I just wanted to make you all aware that we are looking into this system and there is a potential of saving the county a lot of money and generating more revenue through the EMS department,” Carey said.

Carey said if the county went to a third-party billing system it would save the county from having to purchase the Tough Books computers and software.

Carey said he and Jeff Dodson, Cumberland County Fire Chief and EMS director, were going to have Nathan Brock, Cumberland County Finance Director, put together a Request For Proposal (RFP) for the third-party billing service.

“Once we receive the RFPs back and see what the potential savings might be, we will come back to the finance committee with a report and have the committee make a decision,” Carey said.

“Well, that sounds like a good idea to me — especially if we’re talking about generating more revenue for the county. Sounds like a good thing,” Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner, said.

“It looks good at this point. It could save the county at least $60,000 and generate more revenue through collections,” Carey said.

The committee agreed to meet again next Friday, Dec. 21, at 8 a.m. in the small courtroom of the Cumberland County Courthouse. The public is welcome to attend.