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REMS payback lower than hoped

Ambulance provider set to pay town $39K for 2009 ALS billing

Past advanced life support billing of Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services isn't going to yield the six-digit payout some town officials hoped to see.

Rotterdam Supervisor Frank Del Gallo said at a recent Town Board meeting that negotiations with REMS for past ALS billings in 2009 totaled only around $39,000, according to financial documentation provided by REMS.

Board members had believed the payback would be about $100,000 for the year because REMS has predicted to reach a similar figure in their proposal to be the ambulance provider for the town.

Now, Del Gallo is telling board members not to expect $100,000 to be received in annual revenue from ALS billing revenue.

They did drop off the paper work to back it up somewhat, which I had copies and gave to all the board members to see if they have problems with it, said Del Gallo after the meeting. "They are concerned it should be more money, but the numbers are what they are. It comes from a collection agency so it isn't something they made up. It is what is there."

Messages to REMS' lawyer, Terry Hannigan, for comment on ALS negotiations were not returned. Peter Brodie, a consultant for REMS, directed questions about ALS negations to Hannigan.

Del Gallo said during the meeting the board should further negotiate the 2009 "debt to the town" and Councilwoman Nicola DiLeva said she wasn't pleased with REMS' proposed payback.

"I can tell you right now I am not too happy with this," said DiLeva about the ALS figure. "We've had REMS in here, we've had Mohawk in here, and they have both said $100,000 to $150,000 that they will pay back to Rotterdam."

REMS has consistently said it would deliver $100,000 in ALS revenue each year, said DiLeva, so the $39,000 wasn't acceptable to her.

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