Township of Toms River, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Township Council of the Township of Toms River 6-26-2012 by Ord. No. 4357-12. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Department of Health, Human Services and Human Resources — See Ch. 46.
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Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 4400-13, adopted 5-14-2013, changed the name of this chapter from "Department of Community Service" to "Division of Community Service" and revised all references within thereto accordingly.

§ 68-1 Establishment; jurisdiction.

The Division of Community Service is hereby established to administer and coordinate the emergency medical transport services provided by the Township as a supplement to the services provided by the Township's volunteer rescue squads.

§ 68-2 Division officials.

The Director of the Division of Human Resources shall serve as head of the Division of Community Service. Divisional functions shall be administered and staff supervised by the Director of Emergency Medical Services-CSO Program, who shall report directly to the Director of the Division of Human Resources. The Director of Emergency Medical Services shall be assisted by the Supervisor(s) of Emergency Medical Services.

§ 68-3 Policies and procedures.

The Director of Emergency Medical Services-CSO Program shall develop and, upon approval of the Director of the Division of Human Resources, promulgate a policies and procedures manual which shall establish the protocols governing the CSO program. The policies and procedures manual shall be periodically updated. All community service officers must at all times be familiar with and follow the policies and procedures so established.

§ 68-4 Community service officers.

The Division shall be staffed by full- and part-time community service officers, who shall be considered employees of the Township, subject to all policies, procedures, and regulations applicable to Township employees. Community service officers shall report directly to the Supervisor of Emergency Medical Services CSO Program.

§ 68-5 Special duty rates – community service officers.

[Amended 5-14-2013 by Ord. No. 4400-13]
A special duty rate of $30 per hour shall apply to cover the costs of community service officers preforming standby medical services for sporting and other events. This fee shall be allotted on an hourly basis as follows: $25 to the community service officer and $5 to the Township to cover administrative costs.

§ 68-6 Emergency medical services transport fee.

[Added 7-24-2012 by Ord. No. 4367-12; amended 5-14-2013 by Ord. No. 4400-13]
The fee schedule for emergency medical services transport by the Township of Toms River is as follows:
A. 
Base rate: The base rate is $800 per transport. This rate includes the dispatch of two EMTs; services of basic life support; and emergency ambulance transportation to the following health care facilities:
(1) 
Kimball Medical Center.
(2) 
Ocean Medical Center.
(3) 
Community Medical Center.
(4) 
Centrastate Medical Center.
(5) 
Jersey University Medical Center (in the event that a Level 1 trauma center is needed).
B. 
Mileage charge: A mileage charge of $15 per mile shall be added to the base rate.
C. 
Other fees:
(1) 
Oxygen administration: $75.
(2) 
Disposable cervical collar: $35.
(3) 
AED administration: $95.
(4) 
EpiPen: $150.
(5) 
Nonemergency (scheduled) stretcher transport: $500.
(6) 
Refusal fee (treatment without transport): $200.
D. 
Third-party plan for emergency medical services:
(1) 
The New Jersey State Department of Health has issued licensure for the Toms River Township Police Department Emergency Medical Services (the "EMS program") administered by the Township of Toms River; and
(2) 
The Township has a "provider number" with federal and state Medicare/Medicaid programs, which number enables the municipality to engage in a third-party payment plan ("payment plan"); and
(3) 
Most residents have a health insurance plan or Medicare/Medicaid which provides payments to relieve their payment obligations; and
(4) 
The Township shall not balance-bill the deductibles and co-pays for Toms River Township residents, including those covered by Medicare/Medicaid, or bill Toms River Township residents for payment obligations without insurance coverage.
(5) 
It is in the best interest of the taxpayers of the Township to fully utilize its payment plan in accordance with Health Care Finance Administration guidelines (HCFA) so that taxpayers will not be responsible for any out-of-pocket expenses.
E. 
Billing responsibility: The Township Business Administrator and the Township Chief Financial Officer, in consultation with the municipality's EMS program consultant, will be responsible for the plan's billing.
F. 
Contracts with first aid squads: The Township may contract with the volunteer first aid squads on an individual basis to provide third-party billing as established in Subsections C through F.
G. 
Filings: A certified copy of Subsections D through F shall be filed with the applicable federal and/or state agencies.