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EMSA Legislative Update

3-18-15

 

 

AB 22

(Rodriguez D)   Office of Emergency Services: oil-by-rail spills: firefighters.
Introduced: 12/1/2014
Status: 2/17/2015-Referred to Com. on G.O.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 2/17/2015-A. G.O.
Summary: Would require the Curriculum Development Advisory Committee to review the curriculum and courses of instruction offered by public and private programs that train firefighters in response methods for oil-by-rail spills, require the Office of Emergency Services to compile a list of those curriculum and courses of instruction and make that list available to all fire departments and establish a program to reimburse fire departments for costs incurred by those departments in sending firefighters to trainings, as provided.

 

AB 85

(Wilk R)   Open meetings.
Introduced: 1/6/2015
Status: 1/26/2015-Referred to Com. on G.O.
Is Urgency: Y
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 1/26/2015-A. G.O.
Summary: Would, under the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, specify that the definition of "state body" includes an advisory board, advisory commission, advisory committee, advisory subcommittee, or similar multimember advisory body of a state body that consists of 3 or more individuals, as prescribed, except a board, commission, committee, or similar multimember body on which a member of a body serves in his or her official capacity as a representative of that state body and that is supported, in whole or in part, by funds provided by the state body, whether the multimember body is organized and operated by the state body or by a private corporation. This bill contains other related provisions.

 

AB 102

(Rodriguez D)   Railroad safety and emergency planning and response.
Introduced: 1/8/2015
Status: 1/9/2015-From printer. May be heard in committee February 8.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: N
Location: 1/8/2015-A. PRINT
Summary: Current law requires the California Environmental Protection Agency to develop a state railroad accident prevention and immediate deployment plan, in consultation with specified state entities, other potentially affected state, local, or federal agencies, and affected businesses, and designates the Railroad Accident Prevention and Immediate Deployment Force as being responsible for implementing the plan, acting cooperatively and in concert with existing local emergency response units. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 

AB 172

(Rodriguez D)   Emergency departments: assaults and batteries.
Introduced: 1/22/2015
Status: 2/2/2015-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 2/2/2015-A. PUB. S.
Calendar:  3/17/2015  9 a.m. - State Capitol, Room 126  ASSEMBLY PUBLIC SAFETY, QUIRK, Chair
Summary: Would make an assault committed against a physician, nurse, or other health care worker of a hospital engaged in providing services within the emergency department punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, by a fine not exceeding $2,000, or by both that fine and imprisonment. By expanding the scope of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 

AB 295

(Gipson D)   Public employment: employee organizations.
Introduced: 2/12/2015
Status: 2/23/2015-Referred to Com. on P.E., R., & S.S.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 2/23/2015-A. P.E.,R. & S.S.
Summary: Would require a public agency, if the public agency becomes the successor employer to a private employer that offers emergency medical transportation services, to immediately recognize a new bargaining unit consisting of the emergency medical transportation employees of the predecessor private employer and recognize an employee organization as the exclusive representative of the new bargaining unit if the employee organization meets specified certification or recognition requirements.

 

AB 299

(Brown D)   Public health: drownings.
Introduced: 2/12/2015
Status: 2/23/2015-Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 2/23/2015-A. HEALTH
Summary: Would require the State Department of Public Health to create, by regulation, a submersion incident report form for the reporting of all statewide drownings or near drownings, as specified. The bill would require the form to be used and completed by every local law enforcement entity, fire department, and any other first responder, as defined, for every drowning or near drowning for which the entity, department, or first responder provides services or investigates. The bill would require the form to be submitted to the department, and as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 

AB 319

(Rodriguez D)   Pupil instruction: cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Introduced: 2/13/2015
Status: 2/23/2015-Referred to Com. on ED.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 2/23/2015-A. ED.
Summary: Current law authorizes a school district or school to provide a comprehensive program in first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, or both, to pupils and employees in accordance with specified guidelines. This bill would instead require a school district or school to provide a comprehensive program in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to pupils and employees in accordance with specified guidelines, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.

 

AB 333

(Melendez R)   Pupil health: automated external defibrillators.
Introduced: 2/13/2015
Status: 2/17/2015-From printer. May be heard in committee March 19.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: N
Location: 2/13/2015-A. PRINT
Summary: Current law provides that the employees of the school district are not liable for civil damages resulting from certain uses, attempted uses, or nonuses of an AED, except as provided. Current law provides that a public school or school district that complies with certain requirements related to an AED is not liable for any civil damages resulting from any act or omission in the rendering of the emergency care or treatment, except as provided. This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to these provisions.

 

AB 361

(Achadjian R)   California Emergency Services Act: nuclear powerplants.
Introduced: 2/17/2015
Status: 2/18/2015-From printer. May be heard in committee March 20.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: N
Location: 2/17/2015-A. PRINT
Summary: The California Emergency Services Act, authorizes local government entities to create disaster councils by ordinance and in turn develop disaster plans specific to their jurisdictions. The California Emergency Services Act, until January 1, 2020, prescribes a method for funding state and local costs for carrying out these activities that are not reimbursed by federal funds, with the costs borne by utilities operating nuclear powerplants with a generating capacity of 50 megawatts or more. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to the funding of state and local costs, described above.

 

AB 430

(Hernández, Roger D)   Trauma care systems.
Introduced: 2/19/2015
Status: 3/2/2015-Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 3/2/2015-A. HEALTH
Summary: Would require a local EMS agency implementing a trauma care system, as part of the minimum standards, to, among other things, commission an independent nonprofit organization or governmental entity qualified to assess trauma systems to conduct a comprehensive regional assessment of equitability and access to its trauma system, and would require the assessment to be performed in conjunction with other local EMS agencies in that agency's region and the regional trauma coordinating committee (RTCC) established by the authority for that region. This bill contains other related provisions.

 

AB 503

(Rodriguez D)   Emergency medical services.
Introduced: 2/23/2015
Status: 3/5/2015-Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 3/5/2015-A. HEALTH
Summary: Current law requires the Emergency Medical Services Authority to develop planning and implementation guidelines for emergency medical services (EMS) systems that address several components, including, but not limited to, manpower and training, communications, transportation, and assessment of hospitals and critical care centers. This bill would authorize a health facility, as defined, to release patient-identifiable medical inform a prehospital emergency medical services provider to the extent specific data elements are requested for quality assessment and improvement purposes.

 

AB 510

(Rodriguez D)   Emergency services: 911 emergency communication system.
Introduced: 2/23/2015
Status: 3/5/2015-Referred to Com. on G.O.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 3/5/2015-A. G.O.
Summary: Would require the Office of Emergency Services, by January 1, 2017, to conduct a comprehensive review of California's 911 emergency communications system, including all public safety answering points, available technology, funding needs, and telephone and equipment limitations, and provide a report on its findings to the Legislature, to include specified information and recommendations. This bill contains other existing laws.

 

AB 521

(Nazarian D)   HIV testing.
Introduced: 2/23/2015
Status: 3/5/2015-Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 3/5/2015-A. HEALTH
Summary: Current law requires that every patient who has blood drawn at a primary care clinic, as defined, and who has consented to the test to be offered an HIV test, consistent with the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for screening, specify the manner in which the results of that test are provided. This bill would, additionally, apply those provisions to a general acute care hospital.

 

AB 637

(Campos D)   Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment forms.
Introduced: 2/24/2015
Status: 3/9/2015-Referred to Com. on JUD.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: N
Location: 3/9/2015-A. JUD.
Summary: Current law requires a physician to treat a patient in accordance with the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form (POLST form) and specifies the criteria for creation of a POLST form, including that the form be completed by a health care provider based on patient preferences and medical indications, and signed by a physician and the patient or his or her legally recognized health care decisionmaker. This bill would authorize the signature of a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant acting under the supervision of the physician and within the scope of practice authorized by law to create a valid POLST form.

 

AB 762

(Mullin D)   Day care centers: integrated licensing.
Introduced: 2/25/2015
Status: 3/12/2015-Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 3/12/2015-A. HUM. S.
Summary: Would require the State Department of Social Services to adopt regulations, on or before January 1, 2018, to develop and implement an integrated license for a day care center serving children from birth to kindergarten. The bill would require an applicant for the integrated license to meet specified basic requirements in addition to the current safety and care standards, including, specified staff-child ratios and requirements pertaining to indoor and outdoor activity space.

 

AB 791

(Cooley D)   Electronic health records.
Introduced: 2/25/2015
Status: 3/12/2015-Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 3/12/2015-A. HEALTH
Summary: Would require the State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan to specify the process by which patient advance health care directive information would be managed, including the secure preparation, storage, printing, and display of the patient's advance health direction information, as prescribed. This bill contains other existing laws.

 

AB 911

(Brough R)   Hospitals: closures.
Introduced: 2/26/2015
Status: 3/16/2015-Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Is Urgency: Y
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 3/16/2015-A. HEALTH
Summary: Would require a general acute care hospital that provides emergency medical services that is scheduled for closure to conduct public hearings for public review and comment, as specified. The bill would also authorize Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, San Clemente, to continue, under its existing license, to provide emergency medical services to patients in the region if it otherwise transforms its delivery of services. This bill contains other related provisions.

 

AB 1129

(Burke D)   Emergency medical services: data and information system.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Status: 3/2/2015-Read first time.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: N
Location: 2/27/2015-A. PRINT
Summary: Would require an emergency medical care provider to, when collecting and sharing data with a local EMS agency, use a system that is compliant with the California Emergency Medical Services Information System (CEMSIS) and the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) standards and ensure that the system can be integrated with the local EMS agency's system, as specified. The bill would prohibit a local EMS agency from mandating that a provider use a specified system to collect and share data with the agency.

 

AB 1149

(Wood D)   Public health emergencies: funding.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Status: 3/2/2015-Read first time.
Is Urgency: Y
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 2/27/2015-A. PRINT
Summary: Current law provides that procedures that govern the allocation to, and expenditure by, local health jurisdictions, hospitals, long-term health care facilities apply only when the specified entities are designated by a federal or state agency to manage the funds for public health preparedness and response to public health emergencies, pursuant to a specified federally approved plan. This bill would expand these provisions to apply to public health emergency preparedness and response by trade associations of those entities or facilities.

 

AB 1203

(Jones-Sawyer D)   Office of Emergency Services: Fire Fighter Apprenticeship Program: training: crude oil spills.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Status: 3/2/2015-Read first time.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 2/27/2015-A. PRINT
Summary: Would authorize the Office of Emergency Services to contract with the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Program to develop a course of instruction on the responsibilities of first responders to incidents involving crude oil spills by rail, and would additionally require the course of instruction to be developed in consultation with individuals knowledgeable about crude oil spills by rail.

 

AB 1207

(Lopez D)   Mandated child abuse reporting: child day care licensees: training.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Status: 3/2/2015-Read first time.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 2/27/2015-A. PRINT
Summary: Would require the State Department of Social Services to develop and disseminate information to those persons regarding detecting and reporting child abuse, and to provide statewide guidance on the responsibilities of those persons as mandated reporters, as provided. The bill would require those persons, as a condition of licensure, to complete training pertaining to these matters, as provided. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would make conforming changes. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 

AB 1223

(O'Donnell D)   Emergency medical services: noncritical cases.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Status: 3/2/2015-Read first time.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: N
Location: 2/27/2015-A. PRINT
Summary: The Prehospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act authorizes a local emergency medical services (EMS) agency to develop and submit a plan to the Emergency Medical Services Authority for an emergency medical services system, and requires the local EMS agency, using state minimum standards, to establish policies and procedures that may require basic life support emergency medical transportation services to meet any medical control requirements including dispatch, patient destination policies, patient care guidelines, and quality assurance requirements. This bill would authorize the policies and procedures to allow for the transportation of a noncritical case that cannot be immediately admitted to a hospital emergency room to another appropriate medical treatment facility, including, but not limited to, a clinic, as defined, or a doctors' office.

 

AB 1231

(Wood D)   Medi-Cal: nonmedical transportation.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Status: 3/2/2015-Read first time.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 2/27/2015-A. PRINT
Summary: Current law provides for a schedule of benefits under the Medi-Cal program, which includes medical transportation services, subject to utilization controls. This bill would add to the schedule of benefits nonmedical transportation, as defined, for a beneficiary to obtain covered specialty care Medi-Cal services, if those services are more than 60 minutes or 30 miles from the beneficiary's place of residence.

 

AB 1300

(Ridley-Thomas D)   Mental health: involuntary commitment.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Status: 3/2/2015-Read first time.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 2/27/2015-A. PRINT
Summary: Under current law, when a person, as a result of mental disorder, is a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or gravely disabled, he or she may, upon probable cause, be taken into custody by a peace officer, member of the attending staff of an evaluation facility, designated members of a mobile crisis team, or other designated professional person, and placed in a facility designated by the county and approved by the State Department of Health Care Services as a facility for 72-hour treatment and evaluation. This bill would authorize counties to designate one or more persons to act as a local or regional liaison to assist a person who is a patient in an emergency department of a defined nondesignated hospital and who has been detained, or who may require detention, for evaluation and treatment, as specified.

 

AB 1346

(Gray D)   State Emergency Plan.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Status: 3/2/2015-Read first time.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 2/27/2015-A. PRINT
Summary: Would require the Office of Emergency Services to update the State Emergency Plan on or before January 1, 2017, and every 5 years thereafter.

 

SB 19

(Wolk D)   Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form: statewide registry.
Introduced: 12/1/2014
Status: 3/10/2015-Set for hearing April 8.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Calendar:  4/8/2015  1:30 p.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)  SENATE HEALTH, HERNANDEZ, Chair
Summary: Would enact the California Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment Registry Act. The bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to establish and operate a statewide registry system, to be known as the California POLST Registry, for the purpose of collecting POLST forms received from health care providers. Health care providers who complete a POLST form would be required to include the POLST form in the patient's medical record and would be required to submit the form to the registry, unless a patient or his or her health care decisionmaker chooses not to participate in the registry.

 

SB 145

(Pan D)   Health facilities: patient transporting.
Introduced: 1/27/2015
Status: 3/12/2015-Set for hearing April 15.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 2/5/2015-S. HEALTH
Calendar:  4/15/2015  1:30 p.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)  SENATE HEALTH, HERNANDEZ, Chair
Summary: Would prohibit a general acute care hospital, acute psychiatric hospital, or special hospital from causing a patient with a blood alcohol content of 0.8% percent or greater to be transported to another location except when the patient is either medically stabilized or appropriately transferred to another health facility pursuant to another provision of law. The bill would make the violation of that provision subject to civil penalties, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 

SB 287

(Hueso D)   Automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Introduced: 2/19/2015
Status: 3/5/2015-Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: N
Location: 3/5/2015-S. HEALTH
Summary: Would require certain structures that are not owned or operated by the state or any local government entity and are constructed on or after January 1, 2016, to have an AED on the premises. This bill would require a person or entity that supplies an AED to comply with specified existing law regarding AEDs, and would exempt a person or entity that supplies an AED from liability for civil damages resulting from certain uses, attempted uses, or nonuses of an AED, as specified.

 

SB 326

(Beall D)   Courts: penalties: emergency services funding.
Introduced: 2/23/2015
Status: 3/10/2015-Set for hearing April 8.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 3/5/2015-S. HEALTH
Calendar:  4/8/2015  1:30 p.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)  SENATE HEALTH, HERNANDEZ, Chair
Summary: Would delete the repeal of the Emergency Medical Air Transportation Act, thereby extending its operation indefinitely. The bill would make conforming changes to extend the assessment of penalties pursuant to the act, and would delete the provision for transfer of residual moneys to the General Fund.

 

SB 391

(Huff R)   Assault and battery: transit employees.
Introduced: 2/25/2015
Status: 3/5/2015-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: Y
Location: 3/5/2015-S. PUB. S.
Summary: Would also make an assault committed against a transit employee punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, by a fine not exceeding $2,000, or by both that fine and imprisonment. By expanding the scope of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 

SB 534

(Pan D)   Medi-Cal: ground emergency medical transportation services: supplemental reimbursement.
Introduced: 2/26/2015
Status: 3/12/2015-Referred to Com. on RLS.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: N
Location: 3/12/2015-S. RLS.
Summary: Current law authorizes certain ground emergency medical transportation providers to receive supplemental Medi-Cal reimbursement in addition to the rate of payment that the provider would otherwise receive for those services. Current law provides that participation in the supplemental reimbursement program by an eligible provider is voluntary, and requires the nonfederal share of the supplemental reimbursement to be paid only with funds from specified governmental entities. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision.

 

SB 658

(Hill D)   Automated external defibrillators.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Status: 3/12/2015-Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: N
Location: 3/12/2015-S. HEALTH
Summary: Would remove the conditions required for the exemption from civil liability of a person or entity that acquires an AED for emergency use and any person or entity responsible for the site where the AED is located. The bill would require a person or entity that acquires an AED to, among other things, comply with specified regulations for the placement of the device and ensure that the AED is maintained and annually tested. The bill would make related changes.

 

SB 700

(Berryhill R)   Emergency medical services.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Status: 3/2/2015-Read first time.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: N
Location: 2/27/2015-S. PRINT
Summary: Under current law, the Emergency Medical Services System and the Prehospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act, the Emergency Medical Services Authority is responsible for establishing minimum standards and promulgating regulations for the training and scope of practice for emergency medical technician-paramedic (EMT-P). This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

 

SB 738

(Huff R)   Pupil health: epinephrine auto-injectors: liability limitation.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Status: 3/2/2015-Read first time.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: N
Location: 2/27/2015-S. PRINT
Summary: Current law requires a qualified supervisor of health or administrator at a school district, county office of education, or charter school to obtain the prescription for epinephrine auto-injectors from an authorizing physician and surgeon, as defined, and authorizes the prescription to be filled by local or mail order pharmacies or epinephrine auto-injector manufacturers. This bill would prohibit an authorizing physician and surgeon from being subject to professional review, being liable in a civil action, or being subject to criminal prosecution for any act in the issuing of a prescription or order, pursuant to these provisions, unless the act constitutes gross negligence or willful or malicious conduct.

 

SB 744

(Huff R)   Pupil health: epinephrine auto-injectors.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Status: 3/2/2015-Read first time.
Is Urgency: N
Is Fiscal: N
Location: 2/27/2015-S. PRINT
Summary: Current law requires school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to provide emergency epinephrine auto-injectors to school nurses and trained personnel who have volunteered, as specified, and would authorize school nurses and trained personnel to use epinephrine auto-injectors to provide emergency medical aid to persons suffering, or reasonably believed to be suffering, from an anaphylactic reaction. Current law defines terms to be used for purposes of these provisions. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

 

 

 

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