VA hospital resolves dispute with county following unpaid EMS costs


Sedgwick County and the Robert J. Dole Veterans Affairs Medical Center is set to give an update on a dispute involving unpaid ambulance costs.

In October 2017, the county claimed the VA hospital owed more than $1.5 million in unpaid EMS costs.

According to county commissioner David Dennis, the issue is now resolved — after several meetings with the VA.

“We are getting some reimbursement for quite a bit of the funding,” explained Dennis. “We’re not getting 100-percent as we hoped we would, because some of those were a year-and-a-half or so old.” 

Staff reports show the VA reconciled 4,200 claims, resulting in a reimbursement of $645,000 from late October 2017 through March 2018.

During the meetings, the two agencies were able to discuss what’s working and what’s not when filing claims.

Dennis shared the VA has several different billing department, depending on what type of claim is filed.

“So that was a little bit of a problem making sure that we had our claims going to the right place,” he said.

In addition, some of the ways the VA paid was out of date.

According to Dennis, the county had productive meetings with the VA, representatives from both senators’ office and Rep. Ron Estes’s office.

He said is confident the agencies won’t have a billing issue again.

“We’ve worked out a procedure between us and the VA. We had very productive meetings with the VA,” said Dennis. “We understand what each other’s problems are, and we’ve found a way that we could resolve those so we don’t run into this again.”

The full report of the meetings will be presented at the county commission meeting at 9 a.m., located at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

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