LANCASTER - Garrard County Fiscal Court on Monday night took the first step toward having a private company handle its ambulance billing to generate more income.
Todd Tighe of Software Development Inc. told magistrates that his company could significantly increase the county's income from ambulance service.
"We've never failed to increase the revenue of an ambulance service," said Tighe, who noted that counties see an average of a 40 percent jump in receipts after they outsource their billing.
Tighe said his company would handle all facets of billing, including researching insurance, handling all calls, collections and navigating Medicare regulations.
"There's nothing we can't do for you," he said.
The company, which his father started in 1984 and has contracts with 60 of Kentucky's 120 counties, would charge "7 percent of the positive cash flow" of the service, Tighe said. For a county like Garrard, he said, that would work out to about $17,000 a year. He estimated the county spends about $38,000 now on its billing.