On August 29, 2016 AmeriCare Ambulance filed suit against the City of Huntington Beach (CA) for restricting ambulance services within the city's boundaries. AmeriCare's complaint was filed in U.S. District Court, and the company has demanded a jury trial. The City of Huntington Beach claims it has legal authority to provide exclusive 911 ambulance services under a "grandfathering" provision in California's Health & Safety Code, Division 2.5, Section 1797.201. In 2010, EMSAAC published a position paper on this controversial statutory language.
In this special report, from Fitch & Associates in cooperation with EMS1 and the National EMS Management Association, see how your agency compares to others around the country. The issue also features analysis and reaction from EMS experts about the importance of performance measurement and paramedic degree requirements, as well as roundtable discussion about the most interesting findings of the EMS Trend Report, how those findings might be best applied and what we might expect to see in future years.
On August 9th EMS Administrators and staff met in Rancho Cordova for a one-day workshop on EMT discipline and local EMS agency oversight for EMS aircraft. The goal of the workshop was to discuss standardizing procedures and policies used by local EMS agencies for these two areas. The focus for the EMT discipline discussion was how to handle the most common scenario that can result in taking action on a certification: an EMT with a first time drug/alcohol related arrest/conviction. LEMSA Administrators agreed to uniformly follow guidelines for Model Disciplinary Orders published by the California EMS Authority. For EMS aircraft it was also agreed to: 1) accept electronic patient care data from air ambulance providers in the most current version of NEMSIS, and 2) encourage air ambulance providers to develop a standardized set of treatment protocols for both flight medics and flight nurses to be used statewide.