Willacy County EMS Seeks Better Reimbursement of Fees, Hires Texas EMS Billing Services Company

DALLAS, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambulance services provider, Willacy County EMS, plans to buy new life-saving equipment with fees collected by recently hired ambulance billing services company, Emergicon. Based in Raymondville, Texas, Willacy County EMS contracted the Dallas company to help secure better reimbursement for emergency services it provides residents of south Texas.

Willacy County EMS, which previously handled its own billing, decided to switch to Emergicon after hearing from other emergency medical services providers in the Valley. "We talked with three other regional providers and got very favorable reports about Emergicon. They've all seen a marked increase in reimbursements for their emergency services. We expect that we'll see similar results," said Frank Torres, EMS director for Willacy County.

Emergicon is Texas' premiere ambulance billing services company, serving private and public EMS service providers in the Lone Star State since 2006. The company bills more than 100,000 runs each year for its growing list of 40 Texas-based clients. Known for their high quality of service and reliable results, Emergicon EMS billing and claims recovery experts are proud that every one of their clients has increased reimbursements since hiring the company.

"We believe in billing quickly and securing reimbursement effectively. We treat all with respect and compassion. We know it's important to our clients," said Emergicon founder, Christopher Turner. "With every dollar recovered from Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies, emergency service providers like Willacy County EMS will have more to spend on better training, important services or, in the case of Willacy County, new potentially life-saving equipment."

In Willacy County, local ambulance transport time to the closest hospital is nearly 30-minutes. During that time, a surviving heart attack patient can permanently lose 80-90 percent of their heart function, lowering long-term health and quality of life.

Willacy County EMS hopes to limit heart damage to 15-20 percent by purchasing new technology called 12-Lead EKG Transmission, a device that allows ambulances to connect the patient's vital signs to a hospital's computer during ambulance transport.

"It will be like having a cardiologist working on you during transport, rather than a paramedic. The sooner we can get a cardiologist to look at an EKG, the better the chances for survival and less damage to the heart," explained Torres. "We look forward to being able to provide this to our patients."

Torres also says hiring Emergicon will free up his staff to focus on quality assurance and improvement so they can provide more effective patient care to Willacy County residents. The contract with Emergicon began on September 1, 2012.

About Emergicon
Emergicon, LLC, based in Dallas, Texas was formed in 2006 to fill a need in the ambulance billing services industry by providing municipalities and private companies with a better solution for processing ambulance claims. In addition to using state-of-the-art ambulance billing software by JefBar Software Services, Emergicon prides itself on providing clients with a team of experts dedicated to compliance, collections and customer service. Emergicon founder and CEO, Christopher Turner, brings more than 14 years of expertise in the healthcare industry to offer effective processes that consistently result in prompt reimbursement for EMS providers. For more information about Emergicon, please visit http://emergicon.com or call 877-602-2060.

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