Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Have you reserved your spot for EMSAAC's Annual Conference in beautiful Coronado on May 27-28? This year's conference promises again to be one of the best. Conference registration and room reservations are easy! For more information go to:  EMSAAC CONFERENCE

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UPDATE:  The California EMS Authority has published proposed draft regulations creating an appeal procedure for local EMS agencies whose EMS Plan is disapproved or denied by the Authority. Under existing statute, the State Commission on EMS may hear an appeal regarding negative action by EMSA on a local EMS Plan. These proposed draft regulations provide procedural steps for these appeals following the California Adminstrative Procedure Act A 45-day public comment period for the proposed regulations is now open and will close on April 27, 2015. A link to the draft is shown below.


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relliottThe California Ambulance Association has announced that Ross Elliott has been selected as the organization's new Executive Director. In this role, he will oversee day-to-day operations of the Association and lead CAA's policy activities. For the past year, Ross served the Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California (EMSAAC) as Executive Director where he worked with local EMS agencies to improve system performance statewide. Prior to that he served ten years as the Director of Emergency Medical Services for Kern County leading the agency through an EMS system redesign, creating and implementing performance standards, and starting programs for the coordinated treatment of strokes and heart attacks.

"The CAA Board of Directors believes that Elliott's depth of experience and facilitation skills will support our efforts to advocate effectively on behalf of our members as we continue to promote the principle that private ambulance companies are essential healthcare providers," said Richard Angotti, owner of St. Joseph’s Ambulance Service and CAA Board Chairman for 2015.

DLynch croppedEMSAAC's Board of Directors has confirmed action by the Execuitive Committee to appoint President-Elect Dan Lynch from Central California EMS Agency as Acting President, filling a vacancy left by Michael Petrie who stepped down as EMSAAC's President on February 27th.  The Board confirmed the Executive Committee's appointment at their regular quarterly meeting on March 17th in Los Angeles. Dan will complete the previous encumbant's remaining term, and continue to serve as EMSAAC's President for another year of his duly-elected term beginning in July.

Alameda EMSAlameda 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:


MPetrie2Michael Petrie has resigned from his position as Director/Chief for Santa Clara County EMS Agency, effective February 27th. During his three and one-half years with Santa Clara EMS, Mike has brought high level leadership to this complex urban EMS system. Among his accomplishments are the development of a high-quality Strategic Plan and implementation of a new electronic patient record system. Mike lives in the East Bay and plans to stay in the area. He is admired by all of his colleagues at EMSAAC, and we wish him the very best!

emscbannerThe EMS for Children National Research Center sponsors frequent webinars with quality content for management of pediatric emergencies. For a schedule of upcoming and archived webinars, go to: EMSC Webinars

CPThe 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

Public Law JournalThe 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

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