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Shawn Vestal: Lopez-AMR contract kerfuffle raises questions

Before the courts slapped down the mayor’s attempt to expand political appointments in the city’s hiring, one handpicked hire snuck through the gate. That appointment – the hiring of Mike …


Spokane Fire manager Mike Lopez once led local AMR

Spokane’s new integrated medical services manager was in charge of the local American Medical Response operation during at least some of the years that the ambulance company systematically overbilled city …


New ambulance contract cuts rate $100

Going to the hospital in an ambulance is going to get a little cheaper for many Spokane County residents next month. The Ambulance Service Board that includes almost all Spokane …


New ambulance contract cuts rate $100

Going to the hospital in an ambulance is going to get a little cheaper for many Spokane County residents next month. The Ambulance Service Board that includes almost all Spokane …


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 …


Fine-tuning contract between fire districts, AMR

Five months after the new contract between American Medical Response and most Spokane County fire districts took effect things seem to be going well. AMR has been tweaking where it …


Fine-tuning the contract

Five months after the new contract between American Medical Response and most Spokane County fire districts took effect things seem to be going well. AMR has been tweaking where it …


AMR settles billing lawsuit

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 …


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 …


Ambulance ride turns costly for north Spokane man

Howard Hickman never had a problem with his health insurance coverage. The retired Union Pacific employee and Navy veteran said he has 100 percent coverage rating from the Department of …


Most county fire departments agree to new contract with AMR

After years of discussion, a group of almost all Spokane County fire departments and fire districts, led by Spokane Valley Fire, have finally agreed to an ambulance contract with American …


Shared Spokane County ambulance system on hold

Hopes for creating one ambulance system throughout most of Spokane County are fading after city and Spokane Valley fire leaders opted against the concept. Fire officials created the Ambulance Service …


City advised to quicken emergency responses

Relative to other cities, Spokane pays low rates for ambulance transportation. What it gives up in return is time. A consultant studying Spokane’s emergency medical services said last week that …


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 …


City forgoes countywide ambulance contract

The city of Spokane will continue to go it alone for ambulance service. The Spokane City Council on Monday rejected in a tie vote a proposal to join a board …


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 …


Ambulance overbilling trial postponed over documents

Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque expressed frustration Monday that attorneys on both sides of an ambulance company overbilling lawsuit haven’t reached agreement on the production of documents and patients’ names …


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 …


More emergency aid coming

As the population of Spokane Valley increases, so does the number of medical emergencies that make up the majority of responses from Valley Fire crews. In addition to 19 new …


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 …