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Rye Fire Severs Relationship with Collection Provider
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The Rye Fire Protection District Board of Directors ended the relationship with EMA Consultants, Pueblo, effective midnight Monday after a vote during their regular board meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on the 17th of July.

The EMA collections for ambulance billing have been in a downward spiral for some time, with the current collection percentage at 19%. The national average is between 63%-65%. The decision has been discussed for several months and the board and their attorney felt the continuance of the relationship was financially detrimental to the district.

Fire Chief Steve Bennett reported he had been making calls to insurance companies and found the most common complaint was medical coding errors on the part of EMA.

EMA will be replaced with EMS billing services, Denver. EMS charges 10% instead of the 8% charged by EMA but is at the national average in their collections. They also specialize in small, rural fire departments. Initially, the RFPD will have a 60 day window in which to cancel if they so desire.

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