New Ambulance Company Approved to Operate in Maricopa County

By | February 25th, 2015|Preparedness|

A few weeks ago I approved American Medical Response’s (AMR Maricopa) application to operate ambulances in Maricopa County, called a Certificate of Necessity or CON.  While I approved the CON (after reviewing a host of evidence presented to an Administrative Law Judge and her Order) I didn’t actually issue the Certificate because of the administrative [...]

Rural Metro Bankruptcy Confirmed by Court (but not yet effective)

By | December 19th, 2013|Preparedness|

We received Rural Metro’s bankruptcy documents this week.  The Delaware bankruptcy court confirmed the company’s reorganization- including the business plan and capital structure.  The plan states that the company will be continuing all material contracts in AZ- which is good.  They’ll officially emerge from Chapter 11 once its reorganization plan is declared “effective”… meaning that [...]

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Ambulance Service Enhanced Surveillance

By | October 29th, 2013|Preparedness|

  This past summer I blogged about Rural Metro failing to meet a bond payment and having some issues with an ambulance service contract in California. They subsequently filed for bankruptcy and are in the process of negotiating with their creditors.  This is important- because they’re a big provider of 9-1-1 and hospital to hospital [...]

What’s a Certificate of Necessity, Anyway?

By | December 27th, 2010|Preparedness|

Arizona uses a Certificate of Necessity (CON) system to regulate ground ambulance service in Arizona- and to make sure that every place in the State has adequate emergency medical services, including the frontier parts of AZ.  The CON actually describes the geographic service area, level of service (advanced life support or basic life support), hours of operation, response [...]

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