An increase in prices for Calhoun County EMS was approved by the Calhoun County Commissioners Court during its meeting Monday, Feb. 10.

The meeting was held Monday due to a conflict in the regularly-scheduled Wednesday time slot.

EMS Director Dustin Jenkins told commissioners that their billing company had suggested a 10 percent increase to keep up with the cost of medical devices and supplies but that a 7 percent increase would be sufficient.

Jenkins also asked the court about the possibility of allowing EMS to charge a base fee, then itemize other items in addition to the base fee.

“Texas is moving toward that type of billing,” he said. For example, he explained that on one run, they might start an IV and only give one or two drugs, while on the next, they could use five bags of saline and several drugs, and both would be billed the same amount. “There’s no way to recoup or be reimbursed for that,” he said.

Commissioner Vern Lyssy made the motion to approve the 7 percent increase and itemized billing, which was seconded by Commission David Hall and approved unanimously.

In other business, the court:

-- Approved a contract with KSBR-LLC for grant writing services related to the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief

-- Approved a contract with G&W Engineering for engineering services related to the CDBG-DR grant

-- Named LaDonna Thigpen as Civil Rights officer for a CDBG-DR contract as well as naming her Section 3 coordinator for the grant

-- Approved a Business Associate Agreement with CHANGE Healthcare for the addition of the Charity Determination Module t the contract for the Charity Care Program

-- Accepted reports from Floodplain Administration and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office

-- Approved three budget amendments for 2019 and two budget amendments for 2020

-- Approved bills and payroll for Memorial Medical Center and the county

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During the court’s Feb. 5 meeting, MMC CEO/CFO Jason Anglin told the commissioners the hospital had a positive year to the tune of $122,000.

“It’s nice to be back in the black,” he said.

In addition, he reported that Memorial Medical Clinic had seen an 18 percent increase over the year from 27,000 to 32,300. “Our January volume was up over January of last year,” he said.

He also told the court that he had sent a communication that going forward he would act as both the chief executive officer and chief financial officer.

In other MMC related business, the court passed on approving or denying insurance coverage for the board of managers.

In other business, the court:

-- Accepted arbitrage rebate reports for 2019 as prepared by Hilltop Securities Asset Management LLC

-- Approved an audit of the Sheriff’s Office Fiscal Year 2019 Asset Forfeiture Funds by the County Auditor

-- Accepted the resignation of Debby Carter from the Calhoun County Parks Board and appointed Charlene Terrell to the board. In addition, the court specified the terms of board members as staggered two-year terms.

-- Approved the 2020 Calhoun County Resolution for the Indigent Defense Grant Program

-- Authorized the judge to sign the Cyber Security Course Enrollment form for Counties to enroll Calhoun County employees in cybersecurity training

-- Accepted a property damage release from Redpoint County Mutual Insurance Company to settle damage to the Community Garden fence in the amount of $1,189.19

-- Accepted reports from the County Treasurer for October and November 2019

-- Approved nine budget amendments for 2019 and one for 2020

-- Approved payment of county and MMC bills and payroll