Lafayette council approves higher ambulance fee

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The Lafayette City-Parish Council has approved a rate increase for Acadian Ambulance.

The Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/ZGEnGz ) the council approved a resolution that will increase the costs of receiving emergency services from Acadian Ambulance by about 44 percent and the costs of non-emergency services by nearly 75 percent during the next two years.

The resolution approved Tuesday increases the current emergency service rate of $673 to $822 in 2013 and $971 in 2014. The non-emergency service rate would increase from the current $376 to $516 in 2013 and $657 in 2014.

Jerry Romero, Acadian's senior vice president of operations, said the increased rates will "put Lafayette on par with the rest of the state" by 2014.

He said the current "customary rate," which is based on the cost of ambulance services across the state and around the country, is $925 for emergency services and $626 for non-emergency services.

That customary rate typically increases 5 percent annually.

Romero said Acadian sought the rate increase because of increased operating costs and a reduction in revenue from Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

The council approved the resolution with an 8-0 vote.

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