Baltimore County Fire Dept May Begin Billing for Medical Transports

The Baltimore County Fire Department wants to be able to bill private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid for patient transports, WBAL-TV 11 News first reported.

The move, which fire officials said would put it in line with most of the state, could generate as much as $26 million annually for the county, based on an average of about 85,000 medical calls a year. The money would be placed in the county’s general fund.

A proposal for the billing plan is scheduled to be discussed in front of the County Council on July 28 and possibly voted on Aug. 3. County officials said Baltimore and Calvert counties are the only jurisdictions in the state that do not charge insurers for transport fees or levy a fire tax to help cover the cost of such transports.

For more information, see the full story from WBAL-TV 11.