Kern County requested a hearing on September 17th 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 procedural steps to guide the appeal process, Kern has also proposed a format for the Commission hearing to EMSA.
UPDATE: Kern County has now been informed by the EMS Authority that their appeal has been removed from the EMS Commission Agenda for September 17th. Instead, the Commision will consider a proposed appeal procedure.