In a move to have billing for emergency services in place once Chambers County takes over the Anahuac and Trinity Bay EMS, the commissioners court approved a $41,000 contract with Emergicon for billing services.
Pct. 4 Commissioner Billy Combs said Emergicon would make the process more efficient.
“Currently, the different entities all have contracts with different companies to do the billing,” Combs said. “So, this is consolidating all that into one company to help the efficiency of it. It is nothing new. It is just replacing and renewing the billing systems.”
The county commissioners had previously hired the research firm, Fitch & Associates, to perform a feasibility study on providing countywide emergency medical services. After hearing the results of the study, the county commissioners decided to take over the EMS operations for Anahuac and Trinity Bay. Both had previously made a request to be placed under the county.
The court also approved a $21,984 request from County EMS Director Ron Nichols for the remodeling of Chambers County EMS Station No. 1. Arnold Construction is set to do the work.
The remodeling will allow Nichols to develop areas for staff to sleep and live while on duty. In addition, Wave Solutions will perform IT work at the EMS station.
The county has hired six new EMS employees to fill its workforce.
Nichols said the EMS takeover is expected to be completed by March.