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EMS bracing for less money

Published On: Feb 10 2014 04:41:37 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 10 2014 05:02:16 PM CST
SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

The Sullivan County EMS is preparing for a cut in revenue.

Director Gary Mayes tells us a 5 percent drop in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements will leave the EMS with less funding.

Right now it looks like Sullivan County EMS will be about a half-million dollars short of their $5 million budget.

Mayes says that means the department is going to look at all options to make up for the loss in revenue. "There are lots of options on the table, but it is really safe to say, at least at this point, the way that we've always done business for the last 30 years is going to change," he said.

In addition to the reduction in reimbursements, we've learned fewer people are going to the emergency room by ambulance, according to Mayes, and more people are choosing clinics like urgent care centers.