OC Supervisors to Decide Who Should Collect Ambulance Fees

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As county officials gear up to take over ambulance contracting from the county Fire Authority in 19 cities, county supervisors are set to decide Tuesday how they’ll handle certain fees.

The advanced life support rate is charged for Fire Authority paramedic assessment and ambulance escort services.

Supervisors plan to decide this week whether to continue having that fee collected by ambulance companies or instead have it billed separately by the Fire Authority.

It comes after state officials determined that the county had improperly allowed the Fire Authority to oversee the contracting process for ambulance providers in the 19 cities it serves.

The county will be running its request for proposals language by state officials in April.

Click here for the staff report.

Curious what else is happening this week? Click here to check out our rundown at On the Agenda.

Clarification: This story has been updated to reflect that the county was found to have improperly delegated its contract oversight to the Fire Authority. We regret any confusion.

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