We are requesting weekly data on the financial impact to EMS in this Commonwealth of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts are being taken at the federal and state level to deliver this message to government officials and policy makers that EMS is being directly impacted from a financial standpoint and the health of our EMS System is in dire financial jeopardy. Services that rely solely on 911 call volume revenue will likely see increased losses as well as those on the non-emergency medical transportation side. You should have started collecting this data from March 6, 2020 (date of federal declaration) in case federal and or state funding becomes available from FEMA to PEMA to make your service whole.
EMS services need to be evaluating their bottom-line weekly.
There is evidence that 911 call volumes have dropped. For services that rely on 911 volume for revenue decrease call volume = decreased revenue
Non-emergency transportation has been curtailed or is non-existent as nursing homes and hospitals have shut down the movement of patients. Paratransit work is non-existent. Those services that supplement their budgets with non-emergency medical transportation or solely do this work = decreased or a total loss of revenue
Payroll costs in some areas are increasing as staff is sidelined and overtime is realized
Costs related to COVID-19 contacts, purchase of cleaning solutions and PPE and increased turn-around times due to proper infection control procedures will effect your bottom-line
The increase in unemployment will likely force more 911 call billing into patient pay categories and with people out of work your bill will be their last concern. Also, the possible use of alternative destinations for COVID-19 contacts without a solution for payment will force EMS agencies into a non-reimbursable transport exacerbating this crisis. Finally, failure to enforce a consistent payment solution or even a payment under the treat-no-transport statute will continue to create financial hardship.
We implore you to review your financials weekly! That data you provide the AAP to educate government officials and policy makers may benefit you in saving your ambulance services from financial failure and be essential to you should federal and/or state assistance be realized. Please included financial data and not text or percentages for the information.
We are trying to help you - please help us! Please share this message to all of your colleagues, whether they are members or not!
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