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  • #16
    Maybe I'm oversimplifying. Our ambo service that we contract with resets the odometer every run, and when going in route to a hospital on the radio broadcasts the starting mileage, and when arriving does the same with the trip length. This helps make sure it gets done, and is a double safety to make sure no mistakes are made. Dispatch will prompt them for mileage if not given by the unit...
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    • #17
      Originally posted by MemphisE34a View Post
      I don't mean this to sound mean or offensive, but why is this even an issue? Charge mileage by the whole mile. If you worried about overcharging for fractions of a mile, round down instead of up.

      Our department does not charge by the mile. We have a transport fee, period.
      This was never an issue as we do just as you suggest, actually we just stop reading the odometer to the immediate left of the decimal point. Until now, no issue. Beginning Jan. 1, 2011 Medicare will require all mileage to be down to the tenth,as they're paying up to 1.8 miles more than the actual by using any rounding methods. Those services that bill Medicare, have no choice but to play by their rules or not be paid. When they say jump... well you know the rest.

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      • #18
        We do as Casco stated, before you leave the scene you reset the trip odometer and at the hospital you write down how far it was. If need be you can always google your route if you forget.

        Freightliner M2, FL60, Sterling, and our 3 GMC C5500's all have the capability.

        We have always done to the tenth of the mile on our PCR's anyway so this is the one Medicare update that won't change how we operate.

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