Pulaski County EMS Denies 11 Ambulance Transfers in February, Due to Staffing Issues

Pulaski County EMS still doesn’t have enough paramedics to handle all the ambulance transfer requests from Pulaski Memorial Hospital. EMS Director Bryan Corn told the county commissioners Monday that his department took five transfers during the month of February, but ended up denying 11. He said most of those denials were due to staffing issues.

Pulaski County EMS previously decided not to take transfers when there’s only one paramedic on duty. Meanwhile, Corn says the department’s switch to a third-party billing company continues to pay off. “We got deposited from the billing company for the month of February just shy of $49,000,” he told the commissioners. “It was $48,812.44. I keep saying it and I know the treasurer’s told be at least once, by switching to the billing company, we have more money coming in than we did before.”

Corn added that about $15,000 has been collected from Medicaid reimbursements from the year 2016. The county has been working with outside companies to see if it’s owed additional money from the federal government for Medicaid reimbursements over the past few years.