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The city versus the ambulance company



For months, the city of Augusta has been in contract negotiations with ambulance service provider Gold Cross EMS.

Now, the Augusta Commission wants Gold Cross to provide receipts for all instances of a patient being transported to the hospital and failing to pay the bill.

At the Aug. 2 August...

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  1. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – another law the mayor, commissioners, and county attorney have never heard of or read. In a similar lack of concern for citizens’ privacy, look for Mayor Davis to dox Richmond County concealed weapon permit holders to the media as part of his anti-gun violence campaign.

  2. “This year, the company is projected to provide free services to 13,000 people.” WOW! I am making a wild guess, but could it be true that indigent people and others who are struggling financially are less committed to regularly scheduled medical care? And of course, without preventative maintenance, big problems come swooping in without warning. 13,000 is a substantial number, but I believe Gold Cross is not exaggerating. If so, Gold Cross has a genuine need to ask for an appropriate subsidy.

  3. Late to the party today, and I’m sorry. My annual “Ticker Check” takes priority. See what I just did ? I provided Protected Health Information (PHI), which is legal, because it is MY information I am sharing. Steven Vincent is entirely correct, in that Gold Cross cannot provide PHI belonging to others, to just anyone, because of HIPAA. After twenty-one years at University Hospital, HIPAA Compliance is part of every employee’s mandatory annual education — EVERY YEAR. There IS a way that this could be done legally, but it would require so much restructuring of things, and financial/legal responsibility, I do not think that ARC would be willing or truly capable of doing it. It would involve the Finance Department, and they seem overtaxed, just trying to keep up with Hardie’s receipts. But, it COULD be done. The truth is, a single one, and there are probably several PER DAY of these GC “cab rides”, ties up an ambulance that could be saving a life. And THAT life could be yours, or a family member.

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