SB 246

Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
EMS personel, revise licensing process to authorize criminal background checks, revise licensing fees, etc., Secs. 22-18-4, 22-18-6 am'd.
Description

Under existing law, EMS personnel are licensed by the State Board of Health

This bill would authorize the board to establish licensure fees by rule

This bill would revise course requirements for ground ambulance drivers seeking licensure

This bill would also authorize a process that provides for conducting criminal background checks of applicants at the time of initial licensure of EMS personnel

Relating to EMS personnel; to amend Sections 22-18-4 and 22-18-6, as last amended by Act 2017-372, 2017 Regular Session, Code of Alabama 1975; to authorize the State Board of Health to establish by rule, licensure fees for EMS personnel; to revise course requirements for ground ambulance drivers; and to authorize a process that provides for conducting criminal background checks on EMS personnel seeking licensure.

Subjects
Emergency Medical Services
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Under existing law, EMS personnel are licensed by the State Board of Health

This bill would authorize the board to establish licensure fees by rule

This bill would revise course requirements for ground ambulance drivers seeking licensure

This bill would also authorize a process that provides for conducting criminal background checks of applicants at the time of initial licensure of EMS personnel

Relating to EMS personnel; to amend Sections 22-18-4 and 22-18-6, as last amended by Act 2017-372, 2017 Regular Session, Code of Alabama 1975; to authorize the State Board of Health to establish by rule, licensure fees for EMS personnel; to revise course requirements for ground ambulance drivers; and to authorize a process that provides for conducting criminal background checks on EMS personnel seeking licensure.

Section 1

Sections 22-18-4 and 22-18-6, as last amended by Act 2017-372, 2017 Regular Session, Code of Alabama 1975, are amended to read as follows:

§22-18-4.

(a) In addition to all other licenses or fees now payable, the Board of Health shall, as prerequisite for issuing a license under the provisions of this article and rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, charge a fee of $10 for each license valid for a period of 24 months issued to the EMSP and a fee of $25 for each license issued to any provider service operating an air or ground ambulance establish, by rule, a fee for EMSP and air or ground provider service licenses. Each license issued to an EMSP shall be valid for a period of 24 calendar months. Each license issued to a provider service shall be valid for a period not to exceed 12 calendar months. The same fee shall be charged for renewal of a license as is fixed in this subsection for the original license. No additional fee shall be collected when an EMSP becomes eligible for reclassification of his or her license to a higher level.

(b) All fees collected under this chapter shall be retained in a separate fund by the Board of Health for the purpose of enforcing this chapter and shall be disbursed as other funds of the state are disbursed; provided, that no fee or permit charge authorized under this chapter shall be charged or collected for the issuing of a permit to a volunteer rescue squad, as defined in Section 32-11-1, for providing ambulance service on a gratuitous basis, or any member who volunteers his or her service, unless licensure is requested by the squad, company or individual, whereupon, a fee will be charged.

(c) Any person desiring EMSP licensure shall complete an approved EMSP course as defined by rules of the Board of Health, successfully pass the appropriate level licensure examination as determined by the Board of Health, and submit an application to the board. An approved EMSP course for any level shall be a course conforming to the curriculum for that level approved by the United States Department of Transportation, or approved by any other federal agency as may, in the future, take jurisdiction over EMSP training curriculum development. A curriculum may be required to be supplemented with additional modules if the modules are optional modules approved by the United States Department of Transportation, or its successor as specified above, and the optional modules are prescribed by rule by the board pursuant to the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act.

(d) No air or ground ambulance shall be operated for ambulance purposes and no individual shall fly, drive, operate, attend, or permit same to be operated for the purpose of transporting a patient from any point within the State of Alabama to any other point within the State of Alabama unless such ambulance is duly licensed by the Board of Health. The Board of Health may prescribe exceptions to this requirement consistent with the interests of public health. Any ground ambulance shall at all times be driven by a person holding a valid driver's license and who has passed the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course approved by the Board of Health, or the Apparatus Operator's Course taught by the Alabama Fire College, or the Emergency Vehicle Driver Course taught by the Alabama Fire College.

§22-18-6.

(a) It shall be a Class A misdemeanor for any person, firm, company, corporation, organization, facility, or agency to do any of the following:

(1) Deliberately hinder, obstruct, or interfere with an officer, inspector, or duly authorized agent of the board while in the performance of official duties.

(2) Deliberately hinder, obstruct, or interfere with any physician, licensed nurse, licensed EMSP, or emergency personnel exempt from licensure under the provisions of this article while that person is providing emergency care to a third person or while that person is assisting at the scene of an emergency, directing traffic at the scene of an emergency, or managing or helping to manage the scene of an emergency.

(3) Violate subsection (c) or (d) of this section.

(4) Offer, provide, or perform, without a license or certificate to do so, an emergency medical service or other function which, under the provisions of this article or the rules adopted pursuant thereto, may not be performed without a license or certificate issued by the Board of Health; provided, however, this subdivision does not apply to emergency medical service personnel who have the privilege to practice in the state pursuant to the Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact. No person shall be subject to criminal liability pursuant to this section in the event he or she renders first aid or emergency care at the scene of an injury caused by a motor vehicle crash or by some other incident, or at the scene of a mass casualty or disaster if:

a. The first aid or emergency care is rendered gratuitously and in good faith; and

b. The first aid or emergency care is not rendered in the course of a business, program, or system which regularly engages in the provision of emergency medical care.

(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to repeal, abridge, or modify Section 6-5-332 or any other good Samaritan statute.

(c) No person shall regularly engage in providing emergency medical care at the scene of emergencies unless he or she is licensed as EMSP as defined in this article, or unless he or she is exempted from licensure pursuant to the provisions of this article. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this article shall be construed to prohibit any physician or nurse licensed in Alabama from performing any act within his or her scope of practice. No person shall hold himself or herself out to be EMSP, unless he or she is licensed as such as defined in this chapter. EMSP licensed in other jurisdictions may identify themselves as holding such licensure.

(d) The board shall by rule establish the scope of privilege for each level of EMSP licensure. No person shall exceed the scope of privilege granted to his or her level of licensure.

(e) Control of an emergency scene may be taken by EMSP if the personnel arrive at the scene of an emergency prior to the arrival of law enforcement personnel, and if managing the emergency scene will not interfere with other emergency medical care duties. Emergency scene control shall include the authority to direct traffic. A driver of a motor vehicle entering an emergency scene or entering a roadway adjacent to an emergency scene shall use caution, shall maintain proper control of the motor vehicle, and shall obey the directions of law enforcement personnel and emergency personnel at the scene. Any person violating this subsection shall be guilty of a violation.

(f) The board may, following the contested case provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, suspend or revoke the license or certificate of EMSP at any level, or a provider service, or it may refuse to grant a license or certificate to any person or entity at any time that any of the following is determined with respect to the holder or applicant:

(1) Does not meet or no longer meets the prescribed qualifications.

(2) Is guilty of misconduct as defined by the board's rules or otherwise commits a violation of this act or any rules promulgated thereunder.

(3) Has failed to maintain the required level of continuing education units or any equivalent therefor defined in the board's rules.

(4) Has provided care to a patient or patients under his or her care which falls short of the standard of care which ordinarily would be expected to be provided by similarly situated EMSP in Alabama, and has thereby jeopardized the life, health, or safety of a patient or patients.

(5) Has sexually or physically abused a patient under his or her care.

(6) Has submitted a license or test application, a report of continuing education requirements, a run report, a patient care record, EMSP student record, clinical rotation record, intent to train form, self-study document, fluid and drug application, physician medication order form, or any other document which is material to the duties and qualifications of EMSP or those of a student in an EMSP training program and which is fraudulent or knowingly false in any respect.

(7) Has committed fraud in the performance of his or her duties or in connection with any matter related to emergency medical services.

(8) Has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, or a crime in which the victim is an EMSP provider service or an EMS patient, unless the board determines that the fact of the conviction would not likely interfere with the performance of EMS duties.

(9) Has performed any act requiring licensure or certification under state EMS statutes, without possession of the requisite licensure or certification.

(10) Has performed any act which exceeds the scope of license or privilege granted to the holder.

(11) Poses a danger to public health or safety."

Section 2

Section 22-18-9 is added to the Code of Alabama 1975, to read as follows: §22-18-9. (a) As used in this section, the following terms have the following meanings: (1) AGENCY. The Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency. (2) CONVICTION DATA. A record of a finding or verdict of guilty or plea of guilty or plea of nolo contendere with regard to any crime, regardless of whether an appeal of the conviction has been sought. (b) When reviewing an applicant for initial licensure under this article, the Board of Health may obtain conviction data with respect to an applicant for purposes of determining the applicant's suitability for licensure. The board shall establish, by rule and consistent with the requirements of this subsection, a procedure for requesting a fingerprint-based state and national criminal history background check from the agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Fingerprints shall be in such form and of such quality as prescribed by the agency and in compliance with appropriate standards adopted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (c) The applicant shall pay all costs associated with a required criminal history background check at the same time the applicant pays the initial licensure fee. (d) Upon receipt of an authorized request and payment from the board to the agency, the agency shall promptly cause the criminal history background check to be conducted. The agency shall return the results of the state and national criminal history records checks to the board. (e) Conviction data received by the board or a state or local law enforcement agency shall be privileged and shall not be a public record or disclosed to any person. Conviction data shall be maintained by the board and the state or local law enforcement pursuant to laws regarding such records and the rules and regulations of the agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Penalties for the unauthorized release or disclosure of conviction data shall be as prescribed by law or rule or regulation of ALEA or the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (f) The board, any law enforcement agency, or any employee thereof shall not be responsible for the accuracy of information provided pursuant to this section nor shall they be liable for defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence, or any other claim relating to or arising from the dissemination of information pursuant to this section. (g) In conjunction with requiring criminal history background checks, the board, by rule, shall establish a policy to determine which convictions would prevent an applicant from being licensed by the board.

Section 3

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
February 22, 2018HPending third reading on day 15 Favorable from Health
February 22, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
February 13, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Health
February 13, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 385
February 13, 2018SThird Reading Passed
February 8, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
January 30, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Health and Human Services
2018-02-13
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed