TUCSON, Ariz. and ATLANTA, June 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Providence Service Corporation today announced that its LogistiCare subsidiary, the nation's largest coordinator of non-emergency transportation (NET) services, will offer free web-based software to its transportation providers to increase routing efficiency, and help lower fuel and administrative costs. The software will be available to the more than 1,100 transportation providers currently in the LogistiCare network that provide non-emergency transportation to more than 7 million people for routine medical appointments.
"We are always looking for ways to increase operating efficiency, particularly in today's environment of rising fuel prices, which is directly affecting the operating costs of our transportation providers," noted John L. Shermyen, CEO of LogistiCare. "This software addresses two key cost components -- routing and billing. Through this web-based platform, our providers can take advantage of sophisticated routing software and automated billing documentation including signature capture to improve their operations and bottom lines. We believe our investment in this technology will help LogistiCare and its providers deliver more efficient service."
The software allows providers with Internet access to download trips assigned to them by LogistiCare. They can then route the trips, in addition to other trips they might have, for maximum efficiency. A driver manifest is produced that is bar-coded and formatted for signature verification. The manifest is printed with trip details to eliminate manual entry. Upon completion of the trips, the signature of the rider captured on the manifest is then transmitted to LogistiCare for processing. The signature is examined through a series of advanced imaging processes, Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR), to verify the identity of the rider.
"The rising cost of gas places a premium on efficient routing for the transportation providers in our network," Mr. Shermyen added. "For some of our smaller providers, free access to routing software can help them tremendously. Coupled with the deduction of the time and effort they spend manually preparing driver manifests and billing documentation, even larger providers using their own routing software should see significant savings."
LogistiCare is the nation's leading Medicaid transportation management company. Proprietary software, innovative management strategies, and a proven record of creating budget stability and quality improvements for our clients distinguish LogistiCare as the leader in its field. From its corporate office just outside Atlanta and its numerous state-based operations nationwide, LogistiCare manages a national network of more than 1,100 transportation companies that provide more than 17 million trips to customers annually. LogistiCare's clients have included state Medicaid agencies, school boards, transit authorities, hospital systems and many of the nation's largest managed care organizations. For more information, visit http://www.logisticare.com .
Providence Service Corporation, through its owned and managed entities, provides home and community based social services and non-emergency transportation services management to government sponsored clients under programs such as welfare, juvenile justice, Medicaid and corrections. Providence does not own or operate beds, treatment facilities, hospitals or group homes, preferring to provide services in the client's own home or other community setting. The Company provides a range of services to over 80,000 clients through approximately 1,030 contracts, with an estimated seven million individuals eligible to receive the Company's non-emergency transportation services related to its LogistiCare operations. Combined, the Company has a nearly $1 billion book of business with managed entities.
Certain statements herein, such as any statements about Providence or LogistiCare's operations and growth, confidence or strategies or its expectations about revenues, results of operations, profitability, earnings per share, contracts, collections, award of contracts, acquisitions and related growth, growth resulting from initiatives in certain states, effective tax rate or market opportunities constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Providence's actual results or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, reliance on government-funded contracts, risks associated with government contracting, risks involved in managing government business, legislative or policy changes, challenges resulting from growth or acquisitions, adverse media and legal, economic and other risks detailed in Providence's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Words such as "believe," "demonstrate," "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "should" and "likely" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on those forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made. Providence undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement contained herein.
CONTACT: John L. Shermyen, CEO of Providence Service Corporation,+1-770-907-7596, or Alison Ziegler of Cameron Associates, +1-212-554-5469
Web site: http://www.provcorp.com/ http://www.logisticare.com/