explains billing to commissioners
Prentha Cochran of PC Recovery
was on hand to explain the invoices received by the county at
the regular commissioner meeting held on Monday, June 15. According
to Commissioner President Robert Reiners, the current invoicing
format is difficult to understand.
Cochran explained how the invoice shows the original charge, the
savings to the county, and then her portion of the savings, which
is 50%. The commissioners reminded Cochran that the county will
only pay for those savings that have occurred.
She also explained that there will be charges billed to the county
after the two year contract is up in 2010. According to Cochran,
the county will be billed 24 months after the savings occurred.
For example, if a savings first occurred in July 2009, the billing
will continue until 2011.
Since the county first hired PC Recovery in 2008, Cochran has
discovered several charges that the county should not have paid.
This includes phone lines that were no longer in use; federal
and state tax charges; and has made recommendations for additional
savings on services.
Ripley County Coroner Ron Buchanan requested the commissioners
consider an ordinance regarding charges for autopsy requests from
the insurance companies; requests for photos; and for testifying
in court. Buchanan also noted that if an out of county patient
dies and the coroner accepts the case, then Ripley County can
bill the county where the patient was a resident for the cost
of the autopsy. This is according to a law that was passed in
In other business:
The commissioners unanimously accepted the quote from Hughes
Tree Service to trim several trees around the courthouse.
The motion to get quotes from the trimming of trees at
the Ripley County Fairground Park for the safety of the public
was approved unanimously.
The motion to accept the de-escalation in prices contract
from Terry Materials was unanimously approved.
All commissioners were in attendance along with county auditor
Mary Ann McCoy to record the minutes and county attorney Neil
Comer to advice. The next meeting will be held on Monday, June
29 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Ripley County Garage in Osgood and
reconvening at 8 a.m. at the commissioners room in the courthouse