Fluvanna Review

Fluvanna County will probably start billing for the use of its ambulances.
By next July a revenue recovery program should be in place, Emergency Services Coordinator Cheryl Wilkins told the Board of Supervisors Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 1).
Revenue recovery is a way for counties to recoup some of the costs involved in providing ambulance transport to its residents by billing “insurance companies and individuals for the cost of emergency transport services,” Wilkins said.
Last May the county requested that the staff study the issue and develop a plan for implementing revenue recovery in Fluvanna. To this end, Wilkins put together a focus group that included members of Lake Monticello Rescue and Fluvanna Rescue.
By making comparisons with other counties using revenue recovery, the group has estimated that Fluvanna could bring in over half a million dollars per year through such a program. This is based on an average charge of $462 per ambulance transport and a 65 percent collection rate.
Wilkins emphasized three “key points” in her presentation: No one will ever be denied services, even those who can’t pay; those who don’t receive ambulance transport would not receive a bill; and most insurance companies already allow for transport charges.
“By not… billing and collecting that amount, we’re basically leaving a lot of money on the table,” Wilkins told the Board.
Wilkins’ group outlined several possible approaches to billing. The county could bill insurance companies only, and decline to send a bill to those without insurance. Or the county could bill insurance companies but send a balance bill to everyone. This method could involve a “soft” approach to collections and the use of “hardship waivers,” or it could involve a “hard” approach to collections. Another option is to use something called a subscription service, though Wilkins said a nearby county found that approach to be “an abysmal failure.”
Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch asked Wilkins if other counties experienced a drop in fundraising after initiating revenue recovery programs. Wilkins replied that the counties she has talked to have not experienced that problem.
Different counties use the funds generated by revenue recovery in different ways, Wilkins said, though most of the set-ups involved earmarking the money in some way for emergency medical services.
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LM BOD candidates Richard Cummings, Page Gifford and Charles HarrelsonThe Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) will hold its 40th Annual Meeting of Members on June 30. This year, the only business for member vote will be the election of two directors from a field of three candidates. Add a comment

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Steve Nichols, county administrator, Fred Payne, county attorney, Donald Weaver, Mozell Booker, chairperson, Bob Ullenbruch and Tony O’Brien.  Photo by Tricia JohnsonThe Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors issued a statement today (Oct. 2) admitting its lawsuit against its former financial advisor, Davenport & Company, was without merit. The supervisors also apologized for statements it made against Davenport and its representative, David Rose. The supervisors noted, however, that the suit was brought by a previous Board three years ago.
In exchange for the public statement, Davenport agreed to drop its pursuit of sanctions against the county, which included a demand that the county pay Davenport’s legal fees, which were in excess of $1.5 million.
The supervisors voted Sept. 25 to accept the offer from Davenport to end the lawsuit.
“Based upon the prospect for evidence to be presented at trial,” the statement read, “the Board of Supervisors has elected to accept an offer in compromise proposed by Davenport & Co., LLC whereby all claims by both parties in the pending case will be dismissed with prejudice with both parties bearing their own respective costs of litigation and attorneys’ fees.”
The statement noted that the lawsuit against Davenport was initiated by a prior Board of Supervisors in 2011. “The current Board has re-evaluated the merits of the case, including recent information about the value of the refinancing of the high school debt which has since occurred, and concluded that the financing votes by the Board and advice from Davenport concerning the bond issuance in 2008 have not proven to be unreasonable or cause the County financial harm,” according to the statement. “Therefore the Board does not see the value in continuing to pursue the prior Board’s suit, and is voluntarily dismissing the litigation. The Board further acknowledges that certain statements were made in the lawsuit against Davenport, and Mr. David Rose in particular, which were not accurate, and the Board regrets this mistake.”
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Rob Browning with his art.It was hot, triple digit temperature day and in Palmyra they had no electricity, so things were heating up at Maggie’s house and elsewhere. But by 11, the lights and air conditioning were back on and the artists were chatting with onlookers about their work at the second annual Artist’s Studio Tour.

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David MooreAt the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association meeting Thursday (May 24) the board welcomed a new finance director, decided on how to handle deer and heard about how to protest the proposed Aqua Virginia rate hike.

Association General Manager Catherine Neelley introduced the new Finance Director David Moore. Moore is a Lake resident.

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