DeKalb EMS dispute resolved

DeKalb Health (Photo credit: KPC)

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WANE)- Months of negotiations have ended between DeKalb County officials and DeKalb Health hospital over the county’s emergency medical service.

According to NewsChannel 15’s news partners at KPC Media, leaders from both sides signed the three-year agreement Monday. It will be in effect from 2015 through 2017.

DeKalb Health has provided EMS for the county since 1975, but it had not updated the agreement since 1992. That led to a led to a dispute this summer over who was responsible for a huge budget deficit.

Since June, KPC Media reported the county and the hospital had disputed the responsibility for a $664,000 deficit incurred from ambulance patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Hospital officials originally insisted the county should pay for the deficit, but commissioners said the existing contract says the county is not responsible for Medicare and Medicaid losses.

Under the new agreement, the hospital waives the deficit and the terms state the county owes “nothing under the terms of the previous contract, now or in the future.” The county will pay the hospital the remaining $157,000 it owes for 2014 and then pay $225,000 in 2015, the same amount it paid the hospital for EMS for the past several years.

In return, DeKalb Health gets the county-owned ambulances and will provide the ambulance service.

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