Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California


UPDATE:  The California EMS Authority has released proposed emergency regulations governing appeals of local EMS Plan denial by the Authority. Under current statute, local EMS agencies are required to submit their EMS Plan to the Authority for review. These emergency regs are expected to be approved by the EMS Commission on March 18th in Los Angeles. Emergency regulations normally expire after six months, so a similar set of permanent regulations is also in the pipeline for approval later this year. A link to the draft emergency regulations is shown below:


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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:


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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:


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MPetrie2Michael Petrie has announced he will be resigning his position as Director/Chief for Santa Clara County EMS Agency, effective February 27th. He will also relinquish the remainder of his current term as EMSAAC's President under the by-laws of the Association. 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!

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StPatricksDayFaith and Begorrah! Don't forget to wear green on St Patrick's Day when EMSAAC's Board of Directors meets in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 17th! Our Board quarterly meeting will be at the Westin Los Angeles Hotel - LAX. Visitors are always welcome to attend our open session. Rumor has it that our new Board President may even come dressed as a leprechaun!
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sacctylogoThe County of Sacramento has announced it is recruiting for an EMS Administrator. The recruitment closes at 5:00 pm on March 11, 2015. For additional information go to:  JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

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

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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

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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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