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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


City to face decision on countywide ambulance pact

The city of Spokane, now in the middle of a legal battle over excessive ambulance rates, will have to decide in the next few weeks whether to cancel its current …


Deal may lower ambulance rates

An ambulance ride in Spokane County could get cheaper in the next year. Fire departments that cover most of Spokane County have been working together in recent months to create …


AMR loses ruling

City of Spokane residents who have used American Medical Response ambulances since 1998 have the right to pursue “exemplary damages” under the state’s Consumer Protection Act, a judge ruled Friday. …


$80,000 AMR fine proposed

Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession proposed Monday fining American Medical Response $80,172 for overbilling patients, just hours after the firefighters union said such a “five-figure fine” would be insignificant. “The fine …


Mayor to decide AMR fine by next week

As many as 30,000 residents of the city of Spokane who have used the emergency ambulance services of American Medical Response since October 1998 now could be part of a …


Judge won’t set aside AMR suit

A Superior Court judge has denied a Spokane ambulance company’s request to set aside a lawsuit against it that claims the company overbilled customers. American Medical Response Northwest Inc., which …


Arbitration sought in ambulance overbilling

A Superior Court judge is considering whether to send a lawsuit about ambulance overbilling in Spokane to arbitration instead of letting a jury decide if American Medical Response violated the …


Ambulance agent still target of suit

A Superior Court judge refused on Friday to dismiss the Spokane operations manager for a large ambulance company as a defendant in a consumer protection act lawsuit that alleges a …


Firefighters union calls for AMR probe

The union representing Spokane firefighters issued a statement Tuesday calling for an external investigation into the relationship between American Medical Response and the Spokane Fire Department administration. The demand from …


Ambulance firm admits overcharging

The ambulance company holding an exclusive contract with the city of Spokane admits in newly filed court papers that it overcharged two patients who filed a lawsuit against it last …


Ambulance service questions addressed

With questions arising over American Medical Response’s service in Spokane, residents of Spokane Valley are perhaps wondering how the contract in their fire district differs from that of the city. …


Ambulance service scrutinized

In an emergency, how long does it take for a private ambulance to arrive in Spokane? It took more than 10 minutes in 11 percent of the calls during a …