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October 2, 2013

TRIAL UPDATE: Regenwether testimony details fire department's EMS billing process

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DAVENPORT —

With a dispatch protocol, dispatch can code the call rather than the coding assessment being performed by the paramedics on scene.

While an average of 99 percent of the city's Medicare and Medicaid calls were billed as ALS from 2002 to 2008, the time under scrutiny in the whistleblower suit, that percent has fallen to 86 percent since the

settlement.

Waterman also asked Regenwether about the performance reviews of Schultheis conducted by battalion chief Joel Atkinson.

On Tuesday, Regenwether testified Schultheis was "headstrong" and not the easiest to talk to. However, Schultheis's reviews painted another picture.

"I enjoy having Tim on my shift," Atkinson wrote.

Schultheis also was referred to as "willing to learn" and having an "excellent attitude."

In a February 2008 review, Atkinson wrote that Schultheis needed to accept certain procedures that he had been questioning. Schultheis had verbally complained to McGovern and Atkinson about the emergency call coding procedures by that time.

On May 14, 2008, Atkinson wrote to Regenwether that Schultheis should be removed from his probationary period and promoted to firefighter.

Following Regenwether's testimony, Schultheis took the stand under subpoena as an adverse witness.

His testimony will continue Wednesday afternoon.

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