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Full Text of HB5828  98th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act
5is amended by changing Section 3.87 as follows:
6    (210 ILCS 50/3.87)
7    Sec. 3.87. Ambulance service provider and vehicle service
8provider upgrades; rural population.
9    (a) In this Section, "rural ambulance service provider"
10means an ambulance service provider licensed under this Act
11that serves a rural population of 7,500 or fewer inhabitants.
12    In this Section, "rural vehicle service provider" means an
13entity that serves a rural population of 7,500 or fewer
14inhabitants and is licensed by the Department to provide
15emergency or non-emergency medical services in compliance with
16this Act, the rules adopted by the Department pursuant to this
17Act, and an operational plan approved by the entity's EMS
18System, utilizing at least an ambulance, alternate response
19vehicle as defined by the Department in rules, or specialized
20emergency medical services vehicle.
21    (b) A rural ambulance service provider or rural vehicle
22service provider may submit a proposal to the EMS System
23Medical Director requesting approval of either or both of the



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2        (1) Rural ambulance service provider or rural vehicle
3    service provider in-field service level upgrade.
4            (A) An ambulance operated by a rural ambulance
5        service provider or a specialized emergency medical
6        services vehicle or alternate response vehicle
7        operated by a rural vehicle service provider may be
8        upgraded, as defined by the EMS System Medical Director
9        in a policy or procedure, as long as the EMS System
10        Medical Director and the Department have approved the
11        proposal, to the highest level of EMT license (advanced
12        life support/paramedic, intermediate life support, or
13        basic life support) held by any person staffing that
14        ambulance, specialized emergency medical services
15        vehicle, or alternate response vehicle. The ambulance
16        service provider's or rural vehicle service provider's
17        proposal for an upgrade must include all of the
18        following:
19                (i) The manner in which the provider will
20            secure and store advanced life support equipment,
21            supplies, and medications.
22                (ii) The type of quality assurance the
23            provider will perform.
24                (iii) An assurance that the provider will
25            advertise only the level of care that can be
26            provided 24 hours a day.



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1                (iv) A statement that the provider will have
2            that vehicle inspected by the Department annually.
3            (B) If a rural ambulance service provider or rural
4        vehicle service provider is approved to provide an
5        in-field service level upgrade based on the licensed
6        personnel on the vehicle, all the advanced life support
7        medical supplies, durable medical equipment, and
8        medications must be environmentally controlled,
9        secured, and locked with access by only the personnel
10        who have been authorized by the EMS System Medical
11        Director to utilize those supplies.
12            (C) The EMS System shall routinely perform quality
13        assurance, in compliance with the EMS System's quality
14        assurance plan approved by the Department, on in-field
15        service level upgrades authorized under this Section
16        to ensure compliance with the EMS System plan.
17        (2) Rural ambulance service provider or rural vehicle
18    service provider in-field service level upgrade. The EMS
19    System Medical Director may define what constitutes an
20    in-field service level upgrade through an EMS System policy
21    or procedure. An in-field service level upgrade may
22    include, but need not be limited to, an upgrade to a
23    licensed ambulance, alternate response vehicle as defined
24    by the Department in rules, or specialized emergency
25    medical services vehicle.
26    (c) If the EMS System Medical Director approves a proposal



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1for a rural in-field service level upgrade under this Section,
2he or she shall submit the proposal to the Department along
3with a statement of approval signed by him or her. Once the
4Department has approved the proposal, the rural ambulance
5service provider or rural vehicle service provider will be
6authorized to function at the highest level of EMT license
7(advanced life support/paramedic, intermediate life support,
8or basic life support) held by any person staffing the vehicle.
9(Source: P.A. 98-608, eff. 12-27-13.)
10    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
11becoming law.