​Exploring Innovative Uses of Emergency Medical Services

There are several obstacles to expanding the use of emergency medical services (EMS) providers. Some state laws and regulations prevent EMS agencies from using personnel in any capacity other than emergency response. Others require every patient to be transported to an emergency department. Moreover, funding sources are not clear.

ASPR's Division of Health System Policy (DHSP) and the ECCC provided funding to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to conduct legal and policy research to identify those issues that may prevent the use of community paramedics (or other mobile integrated health services) and identify potential solutions to those barriers in order to expand the use of EMS providers for innovative, day-to-day activities. This research was conducted by the Public Health Law and Policy Program of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

The report, Expanding the Roles of Emergency Medical Services Providers: A Legal Analysis exit phe.gov is available for use by EMS organizations to assist in their planning and may be a foundational product for future research activities.