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361 Ind. Rural/Metro employees to be laid off

As operations close across the state, 84 are expected to lose their jobs by Sept. 30, and 277 by the end of the year

By EMS1 Staff

INDIANAPOLIS — As many as 361 Rural/Metro employees will be laid off when the company closes operations across Indiana.

Rural/Metro Corporation announced Monday it will end service to more than 30 communities across the state. ABC6 reports it will lay off 84 people in billing operations by Sept. 30. Another 277 layoffs are expected by the end of 2014.

The charges are due to the low number of transports in rural areas, changing health care and low Medicaid reimbursement rates, company officials have said.


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Randy Duke Randy Duke Friday, August 22, 2014 11:28:23 AM The way things look, Rural/Metro and AMR are the pulse of our industry as private Healthcare providers. What will it take for the government to see the policies they enact are harming not only the public but the health care system.
Chris Goebel Chris Goebel Friday, August 22, 2014 5:20:03 PM Even in a small private EMS agency like mine, the regulations and restrictions are out of hand. The government and insurance industry will soon force people to drive themselves to the ED with active's terrible to watch.
Larry Paine Larry Paine Saturday, August 23, 2014 3:57:58 PM Maybe, Or is this bring to light problems with the system! Two under paid and perhaps under skilled paramedics is often either obver kill or insufficient. But no one wans to pay for one will paid high skilled paramedic and two suitable paid EMTs especially when on many runs two EMTs are excessive.l
Larry Paine Larry Paine Saturday, August 23, 2014 4:02:10 PM Perhaps I am trying to simplify the problem!
Alexander Fairfield Alexander Fairfield Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7:11:33 PM With the new changes in the Healthcare system we are finding it does not only affect the patients that we treat but also the cost of doing business. People don't understand that the 35 thousand dollar LPK15 that we are using to diagnose their M-I is important to have and the 20 thousand dollar pram that they are riding on is difficult to pay for or up keep when you are receiving only 250 dollars for the Medicaid or Medicare patient. If the public knew how much it is to actually operate a single ambulance and keep up to date equipment with medications and proper supplies on it they would cringe. We can't go back to the time of "Mother Jugs and Speed". We are now having to care for sicker populations with less money and this hurts us all volunteer / non profit / for profit. In the end it hurts the customer the most. When they request us at 3 in the morning for the biggest emergency of their life.

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