Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN-08) introduced "The Field EMS Modernization and Innovation Act" (H.R. 2366) in an effort to modernize our Emergency Medical Services System from a 20th century antiquated model based on transport to an innovative, patient-centered, efficient 21st century system. Senate companion legislation is anticipated to be introduced soon.
The bill will help facilitate the value proposition for emergency medical services and its transformation from ambulance transport to recognition as medical services. The bill implements a host of Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations from its 2006 report "Emergency Medical Services at the Crossroads" which outlined systemic problems plaguing Field EMS. Accordingly, bill provisions include aligning federal leadership for emergency medical services; promoting innovation and quality through Field EMS reimbursement and modernizes' Field EMS capability through grant opportunities and improves the evidence base of care in the field.
ACCT advocates for policies that ensure the right care is delivered to patients at the right time and in the right setting. We continue our efforts to garner additional support for this vital legislation.