#GMVEMSC: FW: Legislated COVID-19 Contingency Measures for Ohio EMS

 

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OHIO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

Ohio Emergency Medical Services

Robert L. Wagoner, Executive Director

www.ems.ohio.gov

 

 

DPS

EMS

 

Mike DeWine, Governor

Thomas J. Stickrath, Director

 

Jon Husted, Lt. Governor

Robert L. Wagoner, Executive Director

 

 

To: 

Ohio EMS providers, EMS agencies, and EMS medical directors

From: 

Carol A. Cunningham, M.D., FAAEM, FAEMS

 

State Medical Director

Date: 

November 25, 2020

RE:

Legislated COVID-19 Contingency Measures for Ohio EMS

On November 23, 2020, Governor DeWine signed House Bill 151 into law.

As most of you are aware, healthcare facilities, including hospitals, are currently facing impactful manpower shortages due to the significant increase in patient hospitalizations paired with healthcare providers who are unable to work due to infection with or exposure to the COVID-19 virus.  Previously, emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, and paramedics functioning within a hospital setting were limited to the emergency department and to transport of patients from the emergency department to other areas within the hospital.  During this critical time of need, there is a need for assistance from all available certified Ohio EMS providers.  House Bill 151 now permits emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, and paramedics to perform emergency medical services in any setting, including in any area of a hospital, if the services are performed under the direction and supervision of one of the following:

  • A physician
  • A physician assistant designated by a physician
  • An advanced practice registered nurse designated by a physician

House Bill 151 also provides liability protection to Ohio EMS providers functioning in this role.  Specifically, an emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, and paramedic is not liable in damages in a civil action for injury, death, or loss to person or property resulting from the individual's administration of emergency medical services, unless the services are administered in a manner that constitutes willful or wanton misconduct.

House Bill 151 will remain in effect until July 1, 2021.

Typically, EMS medical directors and most emergency physicians are well versed in the parameters within the Ohio EMS scope of practice.  However, this may not be the case with other healthcare providers or physicians who specialize in other medical specialties.  Each Ohio EMS provider is responsible for their individual Ohio EMS certification and to ensure that their actions are within the authorized Ohio EMS scope of practice for their respective level of certification.  If any healthcare provider requests the provision of emergency medical services that are beyond the Ohio EMS scope of practice, it is the responsibility of the Ohio EMS provider to decline to perform skills or provide services that are not authorized by the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services.  The emergency medical services that have been authorized by the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services are cited in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) as follows:

  • Emergency medical responder: OAC 4765-12-04

http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4765-12

  • Emergency medical technician: OAC 4765-15-04

http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4765-15-04v1

  • Advanced emergency medical technician: OAC 4765-16-04

https://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4765-16-04

  • Paramedic: OAC 4765-17-03

http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4765-17-03

Once again, thank you for your dedicated service to the residents and visitors of the State of Ohio.  The value of EMS as a critical member of our emergency response networks and healthcare systems cannot be overstated, not just during this pandemic, but for each and every day.

 

#GMVEMSC Training: FW: Legislated COVID-19 Contingency Measures for Ohio EMS

 

ohio department of public safety - safety, service, protection

OHIO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

Ohio Emergency Medical Services

Robert L. Wagoner, Executive Director

www.ems.ohio.gov

 

 

DPS

EMS

 

Mike DeWine, Governor

Thomas J. Stickrath, Director

 

Jon Husted, Lt. Governor

Robert L. Wagoner, Executive Director

 

 

To: 

Ohio EMS providers, EMS agencies, and EMS medical directors

From: 

Carol A. Cunningham, M.D., FAAEM, FAEMS

 

State Medical Director

Date: 

November 25, 2020

RE:

Legislated COVID-19 Contingency Measures for Ohio EMS

On November 23, 2020, Governor DeWine signed House Bill 151 into law.

As most of you are aware, healthcare facilities, including hospitals, are currently facing impactful manpower shortages due to the significant increase in patient hospitalizations paired with healthcare providers who are unable to work due to infection with or exposure to the COVID-19 virus.  Previously, emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, and paramedics functioning within a hospital setting were limited to the emergency department and to transport of patients from the emergency department to other areas within the hospital.  During this critical time of need, there is a need for assistance from all available certified Ohio EMS providers.  House Bill 151 now permits emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, and paramedics to perform emergency medical services in any setting, including in any area of a hospital, if the services are performed under the direction and supervision of one of the following:

  • A physician
  • A physician assistant designated by a physician
  • An advanced practice registered nurse designated by a physician

House Bill 151 also provides liability protection to Ohio EMS providers functioning in this role.  Specifically, an emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician, and paramedic is not liable in damages in a civil action for injury, death, or loss to person or property resulting from the individual's administration of emergency medical services, unless the services are administered in a manner that constitutes willful or wanton misconduct.

House Bill 151 will remain in effect until July 1, 2021.

Typically, EMS medical directors and most emergency physicians are well versed in the parameters within the Ohio EMS scope of practice.  However, this may not be the case with other healthcare providers or physicians who specialize in other medical specialties.  Each Ohio EMS provider is responsible for their individual Ohio EMS certification and to ensure that their actions are within the authorized Ohio EMS scope of practice for their respective level of certification.  If any healthcare provider requests the provision of emergency medical services that are beyond the Ohio EMS scope of practice, it is the responsibility of the Ohio EMS provider to decline to perform skills or provide services that are not authorized by the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services.  The emergency medical services that have been authorized by the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services are cited in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) as follows:

  • Emergency medical responder: OAC 4765-12-04

http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4765-12

  • Emergency medical technician: OAC 4765-15-04

http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4765-15-04v1

  • Advanced emergency medical technician: OAC 4765-16-04

https://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4765-16-04

  • Paramedic: OAC 4765-17-03

http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4765-17-03

Once again, thank you for your dedicated service to the residents and visitors of the State of Ohio.  The value of EMS as a critical member of our emergency response networks and healthcare systems cannot be overstated, not just during this pandemic, but for each and every day.

 

#GMVEMSC: GMVEMSC CQI for December 1 is CANCELED

 

Per Chairperson Ryan Konkel, there will not be a meeting of the GMVEMSC CQI Committee in December.  He sends his greetings and wishes you all Happy Holidays!

 

David N. Gerstner, President

Greater Miami Valley EMS Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

#GMVEMSC: 2021 GMVEMS Council Meeting Dates

Good afternoon,

For your scheduling purposes, the 2021 meeting dates for GMVEMSC are listed below.

Additional information regarding location or virtual access will be sent closer to the meetings:

 

GMVEMS Council - 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

January 26th  

March 23rd   

May 25th  

July 27th   

September 28th  

November 30th     

 

 

Thanks!

Sandy

 

 

Sandy Lehrter

Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association

Greater Miami Valley EMS Council

 

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#GMVEMSC: FW: Ohio EMS 2020 COVID-19 PPE Reimbursement Grant Opportunity

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OHIO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

Ohio Emergency Medical Services

Robert L. Wagoner, Interim Executive Director

www.ems.ohio.gov

 

 

 Ohio EMS 2020 COVID-19 PPE Reimbursement Grant Opportunity

 

All Ohio EMS organizations and medical transportation agencies are encouraged to apply

REMINDER!!! There's still time to apply for the Ohio Division of EMS 2020 COVID-19 PPE reimbursement grant. 

The Division of EMS will award up to $425,000 to Ohio EMS and medical transportation agencies for the reimbursement of PPE through December 31, 2020, or until all funds have been exhausted. Eligible Ohio EMS and medical transportation agencies may receive a one time award of up to $1500 for qualifying PPE purchased between January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Find more information on terms, conditions, and the application here.