Alameda County is preparing to begin a process of re-designing it's EMS system. The first part of that process will be the hiring of a consultant to help with the system re-design process and the development of a new RFP for a provider(s) based on that re-design. Follow the link below for the RFP for a consultant:
The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is conducting an assessment survey of EMS Administrators, providers and others to determine interest in standardized methodology for the licensing and credentialing of EMS personnel from state to state. The survey is available online and must be completed by March 31, 2015. For more details regarding this project, please download the document below:
The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has finally approved a proposal by the Emergency Medical Services Authority which includes several pilot projects designed to explore the effectiveness, safety and sustainability of community paramedicine programs in California. OSHPD has statutory authority to approve such healthcare pilot projects under their Health Workforce Pilot Projects Program. Most of the pilots will begin in early 2015.
For additional information go to: EMS Authority Press Release
The Fall 2014 edition of the Public Law Journal, an official publication of the State Bar of California, includes an article that reviews case law and interpretation of this frequently contentious grandfathering section of the 1980 EMS Act affecting cities and fire districts. The seven-page article concludes: "Despite the intent that it be a temporary and transitional provision, Section 201 has taken on a greater importance within the overall EMS Act scheme than the Legislature contemplated. In recent years, the affected parties have proposed a variety of legislative fixes to Section 201 to provide greater clarity regarding the rights and obligations of grandfathered providers. Until the Legislature acts on any of these or a compromise proposal, the full integration and coordination the EMS Act seeks to promote may not be achieved."
For the full text of the article, go to: Public Law Journal Article