Kern County has requested a hearing by the State Commission on EMS to appeal a decision by the EMS Authority regarding EMS exclusive operating areas in Kern. The basis for the appeal is EMSA's denial of Kern's determination of EOAs, grandfathering status for successor providers, and exclusivity for interfacility transfers. Under California's Health & Safety Code, the Commission may hear appeals from Local EMS Agencies regarding decisions by the Authority related to their local EMS Plan. In the absence of approved procedures for an appeal process to the Commission, Kern has also proposed a format for the hearing to EMSA.
UPDATE: The EMS Commission met on September 17th and appointed a sub-committee to make recommendations on a proposed appeals procedure to the full Commission at their next meeting in early December. Kern County's appeal will be deferred until the Commission adopts an appeals procedure.