Wis. governor signs community paramedicine bill

Governor Scott Walker signed a bill allowing EMS providers to make non-emergency house calls in order to cut down on health care costs

By EMS1 Staff

MADISON, Wis. — A community paramedicine bill was signed into law by the governor of Wisconsin in an effort to reduce health care costs.

WEAU reported that Governor Scott Walker signed a bill that allows EMS providers to make non-emergency house calls after the bill passed both legislative chambers with a unanimous vote.

“Basically what it does is create a community medical services program which allows hospitals, EMS providers and ambulance service providers to provide non-emergency services outside of the hospital setting, outside of a clinic setting in the patient's home,” Senator and bill co-author Terry Moulton said.

Moulton added that the community paramedicine program would greatly decrease health care costs.

“You look at your most common repeat customers that we have that we might go out to a couple of times a week and visit them for an intoxication, drug use, people who are just not taking care of themselves and then we take them to the hospital,” Eau Claire Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Jon Schultz  said. “If we identify them, then we can go out and help them with home health care or a county health problem or whatever and develop a care plan to keep them and make them healthier.”

The bill will now be presented to the Department of Health Services so they can write specific rules and determine if paramedics need special training for the program.

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