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March 26, 2013

MESTA approves policy manual rewrite

Mayes Emergency Services Trust Authority board members approved a motion to retain the services of Doerner, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson to assist in the rewriting of the policies and procedures manual. The cost is not to exceed $2,800.

Director Rick Langkamp said after updating the manual, he had plans to bring it before the board, but changed his mind after talking to Attorney Fred Sordahl.

“After speaking with Fred, we thought it best to have the policies and procedures manual audited by a company that specializes in that,” Langkamp said. “We did, and because of all of the new law changes regarding things like facebook and twitter, they have recommended substantial additions and changes.”

Sordahl said he had seen the list of proposed changes and agreed.

“For all they are going to do, this is really a bargain,” he said.

A copy of the revised manual will be submitted to the board for review and final approval.

Board members approved an expenditure of $1898.10 for annual renewal rates with Centrelearn, which provides online education and offers continuing education units for medics.

The cost reflects a per person rate of $49.95.

“We use it to get additional education that is available online as well as for training or recertification,” Langkamp said.

Also approved was $2,500 for lighting and radios for the new Ford Expedition, which recently arrived.

“The vehicle is being prepped as we speak for radios and accessory lighting,” Langkamp said, but added there is no plan to spend thousands of dollars to make it an emergency response vehicle.

The board discussed possible emergency lighting in the windows of the vehicle, but don’t plan to install a siren.

“It was decided to put a VHF radio and a charger for an 800 megahertz portable radio,” Langkamp said. “The price of an 800 megahertz mobile radio is over $4,000 and we have extra portables that would serve the same purpose.”

In other business, Langkamp discussed federal cutbacks.

“We continue getting news of cutbacks in Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare talk expects at least a two percent decrease in payments across the board, which would include EMS,” he said.

MESTA recently received notification that the InsureOK plan (an extension of Medicaid) has stopped reimbursing for enrollees over 18 years of age.

“Don Berger and I have met with (Rep.) Ben Shearer and expressed our concerns about the impact of those state reductions,” Langkamp said. “We continue to look for new ways to provide quality healthcare at a lower cost.”

Langkamp commended the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office for their donation of an outbuilding to the organization.

“Alva Martin’s crew delivered the building out to us from the jail parking lot,” he said. “I would like to say thank you to Sheriff Mike Reed and Commissioner Martin for making that happen. MESTA can sure use the storage.”

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