Community Paramedic Bill Having Public Hearing on March 22

A bill drafted by State Rep. Amy Loudenbeck that creates an approval process for community paramedics, community emergency medical technicians, and community emergency medical services providers will have a hearing in front of the Assembly Health Committee on Wednesday, March 22. The committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol. While many services throughout Wisconsin have already been operating community paramedic programs, the new legislation would create a mechanism for all services to establish similar programs.

AB 151 establishes criteria for an approval as a community paramedic or community emergency medical technician, including completion of a training program approved by DHS. Under the proposed bill, a community paramedic or community emergency medical technician may perform services 1) for which he or she is trained under the training program; 2) that do not duplicate services already being provided to a patient; and 3) that are either approved by the hospital, clinic, or physician for which he or she is an employee or contractor or that are incorporated in the patient care protocol submitted by the community emergency
medical services provider.

The bill also establishes criteria for ambulance service providers and nontransporting EMT providers to be approved as community emergency medical services providers including establishing, submitting to DHS, and maintaining patient care protocols for use by community paramedics or community emergency medical technicians and providing a list of each community paramedic or community emergency medical technician of the community emergency medical services provider.
The Wisconsin EMS Association will continue to follow the bill as it continues through the political process. This public hearing is one of the first steps to being passed and becoming law. A full copy of the bill is available here.