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EMSA Legislative Update
September 1, 2015

 

 

AB 503

(Rodriguez D)   Emergency medical services.
Introduced: 2/23/2015
Last Amend: 7/7/2015
Status: 8/31/2015-Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 80. Noes 0.).
Location: 8/31/2015-A. ENROLLMENT
Summary: Would authorize a health facility, as defined, to release patient-identifiable medical information to a defined EMS provider, a local EMS agency, and the Emergency Medical Services Authority, to the extent specific data elements are requested for quality assessment and improvement purposes. The bill would also authorize the authority to develop minimum standards for the implementation of this data collection.

 

 

AB 637

(Campos D)   Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment forms.
Introduced: 2/24/2015
Status: 8/17/2015-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 217, Statutes of 2015.
Location: 8/17/2015-A. CHAPTERED
Summary: Current law requires a physician to treat a patient in accordance with the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form (POLST form) and specifies the criteria for creation of a POLST form, including that the form be completed by a health care provider based on patient preferences and medical indications, and signed by a physician and the patient or his or her legally recognized health care decisionmaker. This bill would authorize the signature of a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant acting under the supervision of the physician and within the scope of practice authorized by law to create a valid POLST form.

 

 

AB 651

(Cooper D)   Public safety officers and firefighters: investigations and interviews.
Introduced: 2/24/2015
Last Amend: 4/9/2015
Status: 7/17/2015-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was PUB. S. on 5/21/2015)
Location: 7/17/2015-S. 2 YEAR
Summary: The Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act and the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act grant certain rights to firefighters and public safety officers, as defined. This bill, in an investigation that focuses on matters that may result in punitive action against a firefighter or public safety officer who is not formally under investigation but is interviewed as a witness in an investigation of another firefighter or public safety officer, would authorize the firefighter or public safety officer who is a witness to have representation in the interview, as specified.

 

 

AB 1129

(Burke D)   Emergency medical services: data and information system.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Last Amend: 8/20/2015
Status: 8/31/2015-In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 2 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
Location: 8/31/2015-A. CONCURRENCE
Calendar:  9/1/2015  #72  ASSEMBLY UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
Summary: Would require an emergency medical care provider to, when collecting and submitting data to a local EMS agency, use an electronic health record system that exports data in a format that is compliant with the current versions of the California Emergency Medical Services Information System (CEMSIS) and the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) standards, includes those data elements required by the local EMS agency, and uses an electronic health record system that can be integrated with the local EMS agency' s data system, as specified.

 

 

AB 1223

(O'Donnell D)   Emergency medical services: ambulance transportation.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Last Amend: 6/30/2015
Status: 8/31/2015-In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 2 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
Location: 8/31/2015-A. CONCURRENCE
Calendar:  9/1/2015  #75  ASSEMBLY UNFINISHED BUSINESS CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
Summary: Would authorize a local EMS agency to adopt policies and procedures relating to ambulance patient offload time, as defined. The bill would require the authority to develop a statewide standard methodology for the calculation and reporting by a local EMS agency of ambulance patient offload time.

 

 

SB 19

(Wolk D)   Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form: electronic registry pilot.
Introduced: 12/1/2014
Last Amend: 8/31/2015
Status: 8/31/2015-From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 17. Noes 0.) (August 27). Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.
Location: 8/31/2015-A. SECOND READING
Calendar:  9/1/2015  #21  ASSEMBLY SENATE SECOND READING FILE
Summary: Would enact the California POLST eRegistry Pilot Act. The bill would require the Emergency Medical Services Authority to establish a pilot project, in consultation with stakeholders, to operate an electronic registry system on a pilot basis, to be known as the California POLST eRegistry Pilot, for the purpose of collecting POLST information received from a physician or physician's designee. The bill would require the authority to coordinate the POLST eRegistry Pilot, which would be operated by health information exchange networks, by an independent contractor, or by a combination thereof.

 

 

SB 287

(Hueso D)   Automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Introduced: 2/19/2015
Last Amend: 7/16/2015
Status: 8/31/2015-Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 38. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Location: 8/31/2015-S. ENROLLMENT
Summary: Would require certain occupied structures that are not owned or operated by any local government entity and are constructed on or after January 1, 2017, to have an AED on the premises. The bill would require a person or entity that supplies an AED to comply with specified existing law regarding AEDs, and would exempt a person or entity that acquires an AED for emergency care from liability for civil damages resulting from any acts or omissions in the rendering of emergency care if certain requirements have been met. The bill would make these provisions operative on January 1, 2017.

 

 

SB 658

(Hill D)   Automated external defibrillators.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Last Amend: 6/15/2015
Status: 8/28/2015-Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:45 p.m.
Location: 8/28/2015-S. ENROLLED
Summary: Would provide an exemption from civil liability for a physician and surgeon or other health care professional that is involved in the selection, placement, or installation of an AED. The bill would require a person or entity, other than a health facility as defined, that acquires an AED to, among other things, comply with specified regulations for the placement of the device and ensure that the AED is maintained and tested as specified.

 

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