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Medicount Management, the company that handles the department's billing, will loan the township about $11,000 to pay for the switch.
"It will be an $11,000 interest-free loan that can be paid back across two years, three years, or even five years," said Medicount representative Joey Newcomb.
To pay the company back, the department will pay them a slightly higher percentage of its billing revenue for three years, said Fire Chief Steve Pegram.
"We're going to go with the three-year pay back at a 10 percent rate," he said. "What's going to happen is when an insurance company is billed $500, 10 percent will go to them and they'll forward the 90 percent to Goshen until the three years is up and we renegotiate the contract with a lower rate."
Newcomb said Medicount was willing to pay for the necessary software and laptops for the switch since the company will save money.
"Since it will be coming in electronically, we will no longer have to pay someone to enter it into the computer," he said.
Currently, firefighters and EMS personnel must fill out carbon copy forms with run information, which is then entered into the department's database by an employee. After that step, photocopies of the forms are mailed to Medicount and the Ohio Division of Emergency Medical Services, Pegram said.
"It's going to save a lot of man-hours," he said. "We spend a tremendous amount of time on billing documentation."
Residents will not be affected by the change, the fire chief said.
"What the residents or the insurance company is billed does not change whether we do this or not," he said. "The difference is how much money the township collects back."
Aside from being more efficient, filing electronic run reports also will ensure each report is completely and correctly filled out.
"The computer software we use will require certain fields (which will be) filled out before the report can be submitted," he said. "Before, someone could accidentally miss a box and it wouldn't get caught for several weeks. Now, they'll be prompted on the screen. It'll make for a more complete report, which in turn, will provide more reimbursement from the insurance companies. If we have more documentation about the services we provided, we should see an increase in revenue."
Pegram said he expects the transition from handwritten reports to electronic versions to be completed by the fall.