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Continued: City ambulance services navigate changing medical times

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 5, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Neal, the Edina city manager, said the city is watching ambulance reimbursement trends and wondering about how the Affordable Care Act might affect ambulance use.

He said the city is in discussions with Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina about possibly expanding paramedics’ duties by having some act as “community paramedics.” In this role, they would check on people after they’ve been discharged from the hospital and help them manage their health at home.

“I’d say there’s a strong possibility the city might be involved in that kind of activity,” Neal said.

He said it’s all part of navigating a changing health landscape.

“We are concerned because our costs don’t drop,” Neal said. “We are not going to refuse assistance. You help first, and get paid second.”

 

Mary Jane Smetanka • 612-673-7380

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