A community forum will be held on the evening of Thursday, March 23, to allow interested parties to debate the pros and cons of introducing a third-party billing system for the ambulance company protecting the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton.
Under the proposed pilot program, the Southampton Town Board would give Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance company officials permission for the first time to start billing insurance carriers whenever they transport a patient to the hospital. The company does not currently charge the patients that they transport to a medical center, typically Peconic Bay in Riverhead, though most insurance providers still cover such a service as part of their health insurance plans.
Company officials have estimated that such a program, if implemented, could generate as much as $540,000 in new annual revenue for the ambulance district, allowing them to purchase a new ambulance and complete an expansion of their barn off Flanders Road.
The forum will begin at 7 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center on Flanders Road in Flanders.
In addition to the Town Board, the forum will include attorneys representing the ambulance company as well as representatives from the group that would oversee the actual billing, Professional Ambulance Billing.