[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of East Rutherford 12-21-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-24. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Borough of East Rutherford hereby establishes a third-party billing plan for the Emergency Squad of the East Rutherford Fire Department (the "Emergency Squad") to receive payment for providing emergency medical services to its residents and other persons designated pursuant to mutual aid agreements with surrounding communities ("EMS Services").
The Mayor and Council shall annually, by resolution, establish the fees to be charged for EMS Services. Said fees shall be annually adjusted no later than the first day of March in each year.
The third-party billing plan shall engage in "insurance-only billing" as it pertains to individual Borough of East Rutherford residents for whom EMS Services are provided, which means it will accept as payment only what is paid by the resident's health insurance plan or Medicare/Medicaid and shall not bill for any deductibles, copays or other balance due. This policy is established because the majority of residents in the Borough contribute in some manner to the tax base of the Borough, which financially supports the Emergency Squad through the annual budget.
The third-party billing plan reserves the right to bill nonresident individuals (whether privately or Medicare/Medicaid covered and those uninsured) for whom EMS Services are provided.
An employee of the Borough designated by the Mayor with the consent of the Council shall be responsible for the administration of the plan and shall act in consultation with the Borough Clerk's office and Chief Financial Officer in that capacity. This employee shall be called the EMS Billing Coordinator. The EMS Billing Coordinator shall annually review the EMS Services' cost accounting records with the Borough's Chief Financial Officer and recommend fees for EMS Services.
A certified copy of this chapter shall be filed with the applicable federal and state agencies.