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Field EMS Bill introduced in Senate

The first bill to seriously look at EMS issues since the 1960s, the act would improve access to essential and life-saving EMS services and better integrate EMS within the larger health care system


This is a very important step in the professionalization of EMS in this country. Please contact your congressional senator’s officer to register your support for the Field EMS Bill. Your voice can make a difference, especially during National EMS Week!

Washington, D.C. — On March 22, 2014, S. 2400, the Field EMS Innovation Act (Field EMS Bill) was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). This Senate bill is the companion to the Field EMS Bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 26, 2013, as H.R. 809 by Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.).

The Field EMS Bill addresses many of the challenges EMS systems face while trying to fulfill public expectations that all who need EMS can depend upon the highest quality of care and transport to the most appropriate clinical setting. The first bill to seriously look at EMS issues since the 1960s, the act would improve access to essential and life-saving EMS services and better integrate EMS within the larger health care system.

“Our nation’s medical first responders are saving lives on a daily basis and can make all the difference in emergency situations,” Senator Michael Bennet said. “This bill will help emergency medical responders in the field address a number of challenges so they can continue providing the best possible care to patients. Improving response times, promoting better coordination among providers, and preparing technicians for disasters will hopefully help save even more lives.”

“EMS providers play an integral role in our nation’s health care system,” said Crapo. “This legislation recognizes the prudent need to ensure life-saving EMS professionals have the adequate resources to maintain their capability to effectively respond to medical emergencies.”

EMS responds to a wide range of emergency medical conditions (including trauma, stroke and cardiac arrest) through first response, field medical response, and medical transport. EMS providers conduct nearly 25 million transports per year (predominantly by ground, but also by air), which represents more than 8% of the U.S. population. Regardless of the model of EMS care delivery—whether governmental, nonprofit, private or volunteer—all EMS providers fulfill an essential public function for all patients in need. This function is carried out to the best of their ability and in spite of limited resources. The Field EMS Bill puts patients first by promoting high-quality and evidence-based care for all patients in need of emergency medical care.

“The South Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association (SDEMTA) extends our gratitude to Senator Tim Johnson for his willingness to support EMS in the state of South Dakota and our nation,” said Andrew Binder, SDEMTA District VI President and NAEMT State Advocacy Coordinator. “With Senator Johnson's support of the Field EMS Bill Senate introduction, EMS systems and providers across the nation are one step closer to fulfilling the recommendations of the landmark 2007 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, Emergency Medical Services At the Crossroads.”

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The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national membership association for EMS practitioners, including Paramedics, EMTs, First Responders, and other professionals working in prehospital emergency medicine. More than 30,000 NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government third service agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings and in the military. NAEMT is the united voice representing all EMS practitioners on the issues that matter most. For more information, visit

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Alan W. Rose Alan W. Rose Friday, May 23, 2014 1:15:46 PM This article is blatantly void of facts about what the bill specifically does.
Aaron Mcdowell Aaron Mcdowell Friday, May 23, 2014 4:01:58 PM What does the bill do?
Tom Reuter Tom Reuter Friday, May 23, 2014 5:47:12 PM Click on this link. It will explain the bill.
David Boyd David Boyd Friday, May 23, 2014 6:41:26 PM Other attempt to make government bigger, waste tax payer dollars, invade privacy. Really don t see any specifics to the improvement of EMS.
Michael Irving Dictor Souza Michael Irving Dictor Souza Friday, May 23, 2014 7:03:29 PM according to '' if you read the last line "Funding: The bill does not add to the federal deficit. It establishes an Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund to be funded by voluntary contributions made by taxpayers when filing their federal income tax forms for the purpose of funding the grant programs provided in this legislation. The legislation directs the Secretary of HHS to utilize discretionary funds for start up funding for the programs under the Office of EMS and Trauma. " effectively this bill makes it so that the people who drive the ambulance to save your life are better equipped to do so. It also means that these people have a higher standard of training that meets the standards in other areas. technically yes, it does mean that there is a consolidation of power by the federal government, with the department of healthcare and Human services taking the role of leading this new agency, but this is only so that all EMS organizations can be supported equally. This ensures that a person calling 911 in a rural part of west Virginia can get the same Emergency ambulance treatment as a person who calls from his Apartment in New York City. These are two hypothetical examples, of course.
Norman Bauer Norman Bauer Saturday, May 24, 2014 3:43:28 AM Whoopty doo, What does it all mean bazel?
Scott Thomas Scott Thomas Saturday, May 24, 2014 6:51:53 AM instead of voluntary funding why not have a federal budget for each state EMS??
Ian R Frankel Ian R Frankel Saturday, May 24, 2014 7:25:00 AM Six paragraphs of BS.
Doug Fenichel Doug Fenichel Saturday, May 24, 2014 7:26:08 AM Can we get a link to the bill and maybe a sidebar to what's in the bill?
Matt Silvers Matt Silvers Sunday, May 25, 2014 9:36:45 AM Establishes the Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma within HHS.

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