On April 9th the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) conducted a public hearing in Sacramento to receive testimony on 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. EMSA's Director, Dr. Howard Backer, spoke in support of the proposal along with representatives of local EMS agencies. Opposition to the pilot projects was voiced from the CMA, and California emergency physicians and nurses.
OSHPD has statutory authority to approve such healthcare pilot projects under their Health Workforce Pilot Projects Program. A decision on the proposal is still pending.
For a list of the thirteen proposed pilot projects go to: Commmunity Paramedic Pilot Projects