Emergency Medical Services (Watch)

Emergency Medical Services (Watch)

HB 285 (Pigman) and CS/SB 488 (Grimsley) exempt, under specified conditions, a governmental entity that maintains a fire rescue infrastructure and provides first responders from requiring a certificate of public convenience and necessity (COPCN) to provide advanced life support nontransport services (ALSNS). 

CS/SB 488 was amended in committee to clarify that the exemption is preemptive in a county unless there is a countywide emergency medical services authority that has been created by special act or a governmental entity that contracts with a private entity to provide fire rescue. The bill requires that the governmental entity follow other statutory requirements, Department of Health rules, and use a countywide common medical protocol if one exists as long as the protocol does not restrict or limit the governmental entity’s ability to provide ALSNS. The bill requires a governmental entity intending to provide ALSNS without a COPCN to notify the county and municipalities in its proposed service area when it submits its application to the state. (Cook)