SENATE, No. 2980

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED JUNE 8, 2015

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† NILSA CRUZ-PEREZ

District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Revises certain requirements concerning provision of emergency medical services.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning emergency medical services and supplementing P.L.1984, c.146 (C.26:2K-7 et seq.).

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a.† A hospital which is designated a Level 1 trauma center shall be exclusively authorized to develop and maintain advanced life support services in the municipality in which the trauma center is located, and shall have the right of first refusal to provide both advanced life support and basic life support services in the municipality.†

†††† b.††† A hospital which is designated a Level 1 trauma center shall have the right to apply under expedited review to provide advanced life support services in additional municipalities in which an acute care hospital that is part of the same health system as the Level 1 trauma center is located, provided such application for expedited review is submitted on or before December 31, 2015.

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect on the 180th day after the date of enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill grants hospitals which are designated Level 1 trauma centers the exclusive authority to provide advance life support services in the municipality in which the trauma center is located, and grants the trauma centers the right of first refusal to provide both advanced life support and basic life support services in the municipality.†

†††† The bill provides that hospitals which are designated Level 1 trauma centers will have the right to apply under expedited review to provide advanced life support services in additional municipalities in which an acute care hospital that is part of the same health system as the Level 1 trauma center is located, provided such application for expedited review is submitted on or before December 31, 2015.

†††† It is the sponsorís belief that linking advanced life support and basic life support services under the Stateís designated regional trauma centers will centralize medical oversight, facilitate high-quality prehospital care, and support a more cost-efficient system.