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Rural/Metro could present some competition for AMR

An ambulance company with operations in 28 states has moved into Spokane. Rural/Metro Corp. has hired 30 people to staff two ambulances. Although the company does not yet have any contracts, local company officials expect to quickly find business.

AMR agrees to settlement in overbilling case

American Medical Response, Spokane’s ambulance service provider, agreed to pay back just under $1 million, plus interest, received as a result of overbilling more than 12,000 Spokane residents over six years.

Report: Reform emergency response

BOISE – Idaho’s emergency medical services are a disjointed patchwork of cities, counties, ambulance districts, fire departments, private firms and others, which has led to duplication, gaps in service and possible risks to patients, according to a state report issued Tuesday. The problems have been debated for years, but the various entities involved never could come to agreement on changes. Now the state Legislature is preparing to step in.

Ambulance company drops out of bid process

Three ambulance companies have expressed interest in bidding for a contract with most of the fire departments in Spokane County, but one has dropped out. Spokane Valley Fire Department Chief Mike Thompson said Paramedics Plus of Tyler, Texas, said in a letter May 4 that company officials didn’t think they would have enough time to prepare a bid.

Regional ambulance contract bids sought

A consortium of fire districts and departments in Spokane County started soliciting bids March 27 for a regional ambulance contract. Spokane Valley Fire Department Chief Mike Thompson said officials conducted a conference Monday to answer questions from potential bidders, and bidding will close May 27. He said three companies have expressed interest in bidding, including American Medical Response, which provides most ambulance service in Spokane County.

Spokane County accepting bids for ambulances

A new consortium of fire departments throughout Spokane County plans to solicit bids next month for what officials hope will be a money-saving, performance-improving contract for ambulance service. “It’s pretty exciting that we’re getting this close,” said Spokane Valley Fire Chief Mike Thompson. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what kind of bids we might get.”

Verner wants to retain AMR

Despite facing heavy criticism in 2006 for overcharging patients, American Medical Response likely will remain the city of Spokane’s ambulance provider.

Ambulance agreement discussed

Fire districts and departments throughout Spokane County want to find out whether there's strength in numbers when it comes to ambulance service. They're forming a consortium to negotiate an ambulance contract that would set prices and service levels everywhere in the county except in Deer Park and Fire Districts 2, 11 and 12 in the Rockford, Waverly and Fairfield areas, which are served by volunteer ambulance groups.

AMR billing lawsuit is going to mediation

A class-action lawsuit brought against a company with a monopoly contract for ambulance service in the city of Spokane is headed to mediation. Attorney D. Roger Reed, representing as many as 30,000 Spokane residents who may have been overbilled by American Medical Response since 1998, confirmed Wednesday he and an attorney for AMR will sit down Friday with mediator Gary Bloom.

Ambulance firm ordered to turn over records

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque on Thursday ordered American Medical Response to turn over certain patient billing records to a team of private attorneys bringing a class-action lawsuit for overbilling against the ambulance company. Since 1998, AMR has had an exclusive contract to provide ambulance service within the city of Spokane where as many as 35,000 to 40,000 patients may have been overbilled, attorney Roger Reed told the court.

Lawyers seek ambulance firm records

As many as 30,000 people living inside the city limits of Spokane may have been overbilled by a private company that's had a monopoly on ambulance services since 1998, according to documents presented at a hearing Friday before Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque. Spokane attorney D. Roger Reed, who is representing the ambulance patients in a class action lawsuit against American Medical Response, asked the judge to amend the suit to designate four types of plaintiffs.

Spokane’s contract with AMR may violate law

The city of Spokane may be violating a federal "anti-kickback" law by taking $300,000 a year from a company that has a contract for exclusive ambulance service, some legal experts say. American Medical Response pays the city $25,000 a month, which goes to the Fire Department under "management services" requirements of the city's contract.

Judge allows delay in ambulance bill trial

Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque on Friday granted a trial delay in a class action lawsuit alleging overbilling practices in the city of Spokane by American Medical Response. The delay was sought by a private attorney representing plaintiffs in the case.

Lawyer says city withholding records

The city of Spokane has provided "incomplete and inconsistent" records about patients treated by Fire Department paramedics, newly filed legal documents say. Because he doesn't have all of the city's records, private attorney D. Roger Reed says he's having trouble identifying as many as 30,000 Spokane residents who could become plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit alleging ambulance company American Medical Response has overcharged patients.

State auditor critical of city practices

Spokane may have overcharged the public for police accident reports, overpaid for the $2 million gondola renovation and failed to adequately monitor an ambulance contract that led to overbilling. Those were among the draft findings of the state auditor's office, which reviewed the city of Spokane's books for budget year 2005. The report was made public this week.