Medical Transportation Woes Continue for Metro Detroit
Updated: Monday, 10 Jan 2011, 10:43 PM EST
Published : Monday, 10 Jan 2011, 10:44 PM EST
By ALEXIS WILEY
WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com
Lives are being put at risk as a medical transportation company
drops the ball. It is an issue we brought you last week, and the
situation is not getting any better for sick people who rely on
"Over the past few days, what (has) been happening is I'm not
able to go to dialysis because I have no transportation," said
"This is life and death for a dialysis patient," said caregiver
She is frustrated. Dawson is not her only client who cannot get
to dialysis. Ingraham said another client's condition was so
severe he ended up in the hospital.
"We had to send him … to the ER because he was threatened with
either a stoke or a heart attack," Dawson said.
Michigan is using a company called LogistiCare to arrange
transportation for Medicaid recipients in the Detroit metro area
who need services, such as dialysis and chemotherapy.
However, since LogistiCare took over on January first, there
have been many who say they are not getting picked up for
Tiffany Regins' father is one of them.
"Ever since this new transportation thing started with the
state, he's been waiting like a whole week to go," she said. "A
lot of these people are stuck and can't get to the doctor."
We took their concerns straight to the Michigan Department of
Community Health. A spokesperson said initially LogistiCare was
dealing with a shortage of transport companies, but now more
companies are on board and the services will get better as the
People like Dawson hope that happens sooner than later.
"The longer they don't have dialysis -- you get weak and you
just can't make it anymore," he said.
"Get your act together. We have lives out here and people that
(have) a condition. It's serious," Ingraham said.
LogistiCare: Stop The Unfair Wage War
Providence Service Corporation acquired LogistiCare for $220
million in 2007
FY 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services spent 19.4
Billion Dollars in contracts. The third largest spender next to
the DOD and the DOE.
Providence maintains 773 Social Services and Non-Emergency
Transportation Services contracts in 35 states, the District of
Columbia and British Columbia as of September 30, 2007.
"Despite being under bid by our competitors, we were successful
winning five of five new state contracts and won eight of nine
incumbent contracts up for rebid," commented Fletcher McCusker,
Chairman and CEO.
LogistiCare pays lobbying firms:
States lobbied in: Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut,
Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi,
Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin
Total LOGISTICARE SOLUTIONS Contributions
to Candidates and Party Committees from 2003 to 2011-
"If we fail to establish and maintain important relationships
with officials of government entities and agencies, we may not
be able to successfully procure or retain government-sponsored
contracts, which could negatively impact our revenues",
according to 'Form SC 13 G regarding Providence Service
Corporation' (LogistiCare Solutions), filed with the' United
States Securities and Exchange Commission, on March 30, 2012'
For fiscal 2011, the Providence Service Corporation expects
revenue in the range of between $944-$949 million.
|As of Dec. 30, 2010
||Fiscal Year Total
||Chairman of the Board, Chief
||Chief Financial Officer, Vice
President, Corporate Secretary, Treasurer
||Chief Executive Officer of
LogistiCare Solutions, LLC
||Chief Operating Officer
||Executive Vice President, General