18 August 2015
The Town Hall meeting on Aug. 12 raises some important questions. Albemarle, Louisa, Nelson, and Madison counties, the majority of counties in the Thomas Jefferson EMS Council, bill “insurance only.” Resident 911 EMS patients do not receive a bill for expenses not covered by insurance. These counties consider the patient’s portion of the bill paid for by county taxes. Why don’t the Fluvanna Supervisors also consider that county taxes cover the patient’s portion of the bill?
Why won’t Fluvanna file the paperwork to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG), as the other counties have done? On the OIG website, frequently asked questions (FAQ), #9 asks: “How long does it take to get an opinion?” FAQ Answer: “The statute provides that advisory opinions should be issued within 60 days. In addition, the regulations establish a 10-day period for the initial review and processing of the incoming request.” The Louisa County Attorney filed their request on June 1, 2011, and received an OIG opinion on August 29, 2011, or 90 days later.