EMS cutting service to five East Texas cities
An East Texas health system plans to cut EMS service to several cities in the region.
We have confirmed with East Texas Medical Center that on July 15, 2013, they will be ending service to the cities of Gladewater, Frankston, Van, Alto and Wells.
These cities join southern Cherokee County, which we told you about earlier this week.
ETMC says those cuts are a part of a spending reduction plan put in place after cuts in reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.
We spoke with Champion EMS this morning. They tell us they are in discussions with the cities of Van and Gladewater to provide service to their areas, and would be open to discussing options for the other cities affected.
They say at this time, no cities have signed on with them.
The statement we received from Neal Franklin, General Manager of ETMC EMS, is as follows:
"Due to cuts in reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System is reducing spending by 5 to 7 percent this year. These are difficult decisions to make but necessary to allow us to continue providing the core services needed by our community at large."
"Effective July 15, ETMC EMS will no longer be stationing a dedicated ambulance in the city of Gladewater, Frankston, Van, Alto and Wells. We have communicated with city officials for the past few months about these transitions and are currently in discussions with Alto and Wells for possible options."