A new state law to provide reimbursement to ambulance companies when they provide treatment without a trip to the hospital could save people money.

House Bill 1013, signed into law as Act 103 of 2018, require insurance companies and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment without transport as long as the ambulance was dispatched by a county 911 center and the EMS provider gave care to the patient.

The new law also gives paramedics and EMTs the option to treat a patient at home.

“If there is something we can do on the scene to fix that and prevent them from going to the ER and running up all those costs, we can do that and save the patient money,” said Nathan Harig, assistant chief at Cumberland Goodwill EMS.

Harig calls in-home care a win-win for the patient and first responders. Once the rules and regulations are in place, Cumberland Goodwill and other EMS providers will be able to develop a fee structure for the services.

EMS providers hope to have that fee structure in place by early next year.