American Medical Response’s (AMR) isn’t the only application in the pipeline. A number of fire departments along with private groups are applying for CONs right now. Some are farther along in the application process than others.
Why all the interest in running an ambulance company? Rural Metro’s bankruptcy has probably played a role along with the Affordable Care Act. Also, hospitals are now beginning to contract with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies to help reduce the number of patients being re-admitted to the hospital for chronic disease management – a new revenue source for EMS agencies.