Thursday, November 3, 2011
Med Stat offers to extend contract
By SUE WATSON
With the economy and the state of federal government budgets up in the air, the Marshall County’s ambulance provider for the last three years, Med Stat, has offered to extend the current contract as is until the company is more sure.
Barry Etheridge, with Med Stat, said changes in reimbursements from Medicare/Medicaid are possible. Eighty percent of the company’s revenue comes from these sources, he told the board of supervisors.
Last year Medicaid cut the rate of reimbursement by one percent, he said.
Etheridge asked for a short-term contract extension until more information from Washington, D.C., is rolled out.
Med Stat offers a subscription rate of $55 a year to help families protect themselves from losses if they are underinsured or uninsured. If the individual does have insurance, Med Stat will file their claim on insurance, he said.
“Lots of time we catch the deductible,” he said.
He clarified that the subscription is not insurance.
Following this presentation, the board of supervisors authorized Med Stat to sell subscriptions in the county.
Other recent reports and activities of the board of supervisors included:
• a report from Monet Autry, justice court clerk. She said the court is looking for a company to collect past-due fines. Current uncollected fines, mostly involving criminal court fines rather than traffic fines, comes to $501,000, she said. She said constables are allowed to deliver warrants when fines are not paid to court but they are not keeping up with it. One problem she cited is that constables do not get paid for serving warrants until the court collects the fine and fee.
Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett asked why sheriff’s deputies could not serve these outstanding warrants.
Autry said the right to serve these warrants was given to the constables. Collection agencies, that will enter an agreement with the court, handle collections of civil case fees and fines and tack on their own fees to the collection, she said. The county can go after those who owe the justice court if individuals live in the county, she said.
Autry said justice court needs a system whereby an individual can pay a citation online without having to come to court. Some court systems use online payment as an easy way to get people to pay their fines, she said.
• received sheriff Kenny Dickerson’s personnel policy handbook, which he said is a requirement by state law to make available to employees.
• heard a report from county administrator/road manager Larry Hall concerning pipe installations over the county including on Wilburn Road, Rice Chapel Road and at Tippah River bottom. Supervisors also discussed a new slurry mix applied on roads near Oak Grove. The mix seals surfaces preventing seepage of water into the surface cracks which then freezes in the winter and ruptures to crack up road surfaces.
The cost of regular reseal is about $12,000 a mile while slurry mix costs about $3,200 a mile, Hall said.
“We need to do a lot more reseal in the next few years to some of these roads,” he said.
• discussed a lawsuit. Board attorney Kent Smith reported on a lawsuit the county has filed against Resourceful Environmental Services and a recent mediation meeting.
• opened bids for the construction of a bridge on Beale Road. Talbot Brothers Construction bid $1,573,123 and was sole bidder. State engineering estimate to replace the bridge was $1,601,642.
• opened striping bids to be paid for from State Aid Program funds. Riverside Traffic Systems of New Albany bid $137,618 and J.C. Cheek Contractors in Kosciusko bid $139,369.
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