Med-X Medical Management Services Satisfy Demand for Medical Transportation

Med-X Medical Management Services

In the year 2013, in the small state of Connecticut, medical transportation services have remained segmented into regions. The population of Connecticut’s demand for ground transportation and long-distance transportation has steadily increased over the past decade, and that is where Med-X Medical Management Services come in.

Many people may not know this, but almost every municipality in Connecticut typically functions independently in regards to operating their own emergency medical transport services.  Some people say this segmented medical transportation system is due to Connecticut’s large bureaucracy; while others believe it is because Connecticut is the land of steady habits.  Speculations aside, each year, about half a million emergency 911 calls are placed by Connecticut residents and each of these calls demand immediate medical attention. Currently the demand for immediate transportation to a hospital, cannot be met by the publicly owned and state run emergency transport system. As a result of the lack of state-run emergency transportation, privately owned company such as Med-X Medical Management Services are helping to satisfy the demand.

Companies such as Med-X Medical Management Services provide a multi-care non-emergency medication transport service, which includes aircrafts and ambulances. Non-emergency transportation service providers such as Med-X Medical Management Services are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In addition each network provider is properly licensed, insured and are directly employed by the provider they transport for. As a result this enables each client of a non-emergency transport service provider that they can receive a reliable and dependable service based on their individualized needs. The interesting situation that is occurring is not the quality of the service provided in Connecticut, it is the differentiating regional care, which is provided throughout the state of Connecticut.

Cities in Connecticut, such as Hartford completely outsourced their ambulance transport service to private companies. Although in the wonderful city of Wallington, emergency transport services are provided by paramedic employed by the city.

In other cities such as East Hartford, they decided to have hybrid approach, where they outsource privately owned ambulance transport providers to a neighboring city, but use city-owned paramedics.

Experts on these matters hypothesize that the convoluted bifurcated system is a result of how young the medical transport provider industry is. The modern day emergency medical transport services that the general public has become accustomed to on dates back to the 1970’s.  As a result this makes this industry one of the youngest and developing public services in existence.

Even though the industry is young Connecticut’s approach raises concern in regards to efficiency and cost effectiveness. Due to the less than favorable economic climate many cities are facing in Connecticut are faced with, many representatives of various cities are lobbying for regionalizing public and various private services. Many public lobbyists believe they will have more of an upper hand when negotiating with large non-emergency transport service providers because of their now larger size and overall budget.

In Connecticut, emergency medical transport services are provided by various entities including municipal, volunteer, commercial and nonprofit organizations. The medical transport structure that a city or town selects is determined by factors such as population size, call volume and cost.

Due to the harsh economic climate many cities are leaning towards having privately operated medical transportation. The reason having a privately owned medical transport provider would be fiscally prudent is because outsourcing will save the taxpayers due to the fact that they will not have to pay for the ambulance trucks, equipment, and staff. The initial of starting a medical transport service is higher than it has ever been recorded in recent years. As a result city taxpayers are now able to reallocate their money towards building superior infrastructure and education programs. Private companies are able to pay their overhead through the revenue collected from commercial and government insurers. Similar to hospital or doctors ambulance providers charge for the transport service they provide. The reimbursement rates are determined by the state. Also Medicare also reimburses non-emergency medical transportation for specific services. Private companies do not only provide transportation from the home to the hospital, but they also provide transportation from the hospital a rehab center. These private companies are large player in a lucrative non-emergency transport service market. Even during a harsh economic climate some companies are experiencing a 3 to 6 percent growth.

Private companies are working together to pull its resources together to increase the speed of their response time. Even in one city, privately owned non-emergency medical transportation providers respond to thousands of calls. These medical transport providers have become so advanced that they are now able to regionalize their efforts and still become even more efficient. As the medical transport provider market became more competitive the initial standing of 30 non-emergency medical transportation companies has now decreased to 10 commercial ambulance companies. This drop in competition is not due to the market’s inability to grow; in fact, the drop in competition is due to a select handful of companies exceeding expectation and in turn becoming a selected grouping of companies that the cities and towns use in Connecticut for the majority of their medical transport needs.

A representative in the medical transportation regionalization effort said the acquisition of a select handful of companies to provide a similar service “has helped with regionalization efforts,”

This regionalization success was possible due of the compromises both the privately owned and the publically operated medical transportation providers made. For example in one town a volunteer based ambulatory service handles about 3,600 emergency calls each year. This medical transportation provider is an independent entity and receives a $69,000 annual subsidy from the local taxpayers. This volunteered based company has five full-time paramedics and 11 volunteers. The company also operates two ambulances during the day, which when the demand for medical transportation is at its highest.

It is clear that both the privately owned non-emergency medical transportation providers and the publically operated medical transportation providers work well together. As a result of these two medical providers hard work and successful cohabitation, the people in Connecticut are receiving a higher quality of care.  Also the taxpayer’s is not forced to pay extra to receive better care and the money that is not used for publically operated medical transportation can be spent on improving infrastructure and school programs. Although the cities in Connecticut can be segmented bureaucratically a confusing way, the way they regionalized the medical transportation system is far from confusing.  When hundreds of thousands of lives can be at risk companies such as Med-X Medical Management Services provide a service, which can be unrivaled by most. Med-X recruits, credentials and manages a nationwide network of transportation providers. All network providers are properly licensed and insured. In addition Med-X Medical Management Services also provides addition services to the client at no additional cost. For example clients can receive a confirmation phone call in English or Spanish. Also clients can receive follow up reports be apart of a quality assurance program and case manager discounts. In addition cost projections will be given so the client is not surprises and that bill can be paid electronically. Clients can be picked up by either ground or air and is available in all 50 states. Med-x Medical Management Services twenty-four hour a day seven days a week business platform ensure that the client will always come first.