Sunday, February 19, 2012

Legislative Update HB 2436

House Bill 2436 the Emergency Medical Service Survival Act.
Update: the Emergency Medical Survival Act passed the Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Health & Social Services by a vote of 8 to 0, to see who voted click here. The next step for this bill will be the full Appropriations and Budget Committee.

This bill was also written by Medic Institute and designed to get emendate help to EMS services that are rural or medically underserved. It also helps get Paramedics into those areas.
The Trauma Care Assistance Revolving Fund was set up by the people of Oklahoma to build a Trauma Care and Response system. If is funded mostly by part of the tobacco tax. This fund has reimbursed hospitals for uncompensated care and readiness cost for recognized trauma facilities. It does reimbursed air and ground ambulances for uncompensated care only. In a Truma Fund Distribution Report from  2008 to 2011 Medic Institute found of a total distribution of $96,596,060.46  ground ambulances only received $584,097.47 or .60%  less than 1% of total funds.  You can see that EMS is not a high priority for the trauma fund. The Emergency Medical Service Survival Act would change that.

The Emergency Medical Service Survival Act would use five million ($5,000,000.00) a year to help prop up ground ambulances services that are in danger of closing or not able to provide the coverage necessary. Also the EMS survival act would require at least five percent (5%) of funds available for distribution go to ground EMS services.  It would also provide one point two million ($1,200,000.00) a year to help educate EMTs and Paramedics that agree to work two years in a rural or medically underserved areas.

It would also require by January 1, 2018 that an Emergency Medical Technician / Basic and an Emergency Medical Technician / Advanced on every emergency or nonemergency response. Volunteer services would not be required to meet this section.

Also required in this act, educational programs and educators would be required to meet standards like, EMS programs must meet seventy percent (70%) first time pass rate on the National Registry examination in three of the last five years and educators will have to pass the national EMS Educators exam. Continuing education, in-service instruction and refresher courses would be exempt from the requirements.
This bill was written by Medic Institute and introduced by Rep. Josh Cockroft (R) of the House and  of the Senate. This is a short term answer to the EMS crises.

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