EMS Reform Legislation Needs Your Attention!!
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Have you heard about legislative EMS Reform in New Jersey? If you’ve heard about it, have you read the bills, Senate 818 and/or Assembly 2095? If you’ve read it do you understand it? More importantly do you understand that this is the single most important piece of EMS legislation that has been proposed in the last several decades, and if it fails may result in continued destabilization of the entire State EMS System?
For the MICU Paramedic community, this bill does a number of things to help ensure that you can continue to care for your patients is a high quality, high efficiency system. It preserves and enhances many aspects of the system that are currently working well (including the hospital based MICU system), and calls for enhancements for may of the areas in which the system requires improvement.
Below is a summary of the legislation, as well as a link to a copy of the bill itself.
What do we need from you?
As a member of the NJ MICU Paramedic community, we need you to help us by doing the following:
- Read and understand the legislation
- Seek out a member of your management team, or one of the Board members of NJAPP, to ask any questions that you may have.
- Most importantly, communicate with your State legislative delegation (State Senator and Assemblymen) and weigh in with your support and request that they support of the passage of S.818/A.2095
NJAPP Executive Summary
S818 & A2095
Proposed NJ EMS Redesign Legislation
Problem: In 2007 the NJ Legislature directed the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services to conduct a study of the New Jersey Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System. That study suggests that the enabling legislation and subsequent regulations for New Jersey’s EMS system require comprehensive overhaul in order to allow that system and its various components to function in the most optimal fashion in order to meet the emergency out-of-hospital medical needs of the residents and visitors of our State.
Solution: A diverse stakeholder group comprised of the NJ EMS Council and others provided a summary of recommended solutions related to the above mentioned study. S818 and A2095 incorporate those recommendations and provides for a variety of statutory measures to enhance the scope and quality of the EMS system in New Jersey.
The proposed bills address the issues raised by the legislature’s mandated TriData EMS Study and the recommendations made by the EMS Council’s Task Force in the following ways:
1. Municipal Authority- New Jersey municipalities are finally granted official authority over EMS in their jurisdiction; the same as for police and fire service.
2. It establishes a needed minimum level of staffing of two EMT’s as the standard of care for every ambulance in the state. This would be a uniform standard regarding response to, treatment and transport of EMS patients to ensure appropriate care for all of New Jersey’s citizens.
3. It establishes, through consolidation of numerous groups, task forces and advisory boards, a governing body, EMCAB, which will include industry leaders serving to advise the Department of Health and Senior Services on prehospital issues, medical care and the establishment of provider standards. They will do this without compensation and are experts in their fields.
4. It calls for the EMS Training Fund to be more inclusive and train all providers giving them the finest of education in order to meet their certification requirements.
5. It licenses all ambulances so that under the Department of Health and Senior Services, it will allow for the use of the most up to date medical protocols and standards for all of our citizens. It will also help with the ease of implementation and allow NJ to move forward on aggressive new medical treatments.
6. It gives the statutory authority for the EMS Task Force to continue its great work for disasters, terrorism and to come together quickly in whatever situations our state and its citizens may face.