Full Text of HB5828 98th General Assembly
HB5828enr 98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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AN ACT concerning regulation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act
is amended by changing Section 3.87 as follows:
(210 ILCS 50/3.87)
provider and vehicle service
upgrades; rural population.
(a) In this Section, "rural ambulance service provider"
means an ambulance service provider licensed under this Act
that serves a rural population of 7,500 or fewer inhabitants.
In this Section, "rural vehicle service provider" means an
entity that serves a rural population of 7,500 or fewer
inhabitants and is licensed by the Department to provide
emergency or non-emergency medical services in compliance with
this Act, the rules adopted by the Department pursuant to this
Act, and an operational plan approved by the entity's EMS
System, utilizing at least an ambulance, alternate response
vehicle as defined by the Department in rules, or specialized
emergency medical services vehicle.
(b) A rural ambulance service provider
or rural vehicle
may submit a proposal to the EMS System
Medical Director requesting approval of either or both of the
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(1) Rural ambulance service provider
or rural vehicle
in-field service level upgrade.
(A) An ambulance operated by a rural ambulance
or a specialized emergency medical
services vehicle or alternate response vehicle
operated by a rural vehicle service provider
upgraded, as defined by the EMS System Medical Director
in a policy or procedure, as long as the EMS System
Medical Director and the Department have approved the
proposal, to the highest level of EMT license (advanced
life support/paramedic, intermediate life support, or
basic life support) held by any person staffing that
, specialized emergency medical services
vehicle, or alternate response vehicle
. The ambulance
or rural vehicle service provider's
proposal for an upgrade must include all of the
(i) The manner in which the provider will
advanced life support equipment,
supplies, and medications.
(ii) The type of quality assurance the
provider will perform.
(iii) An assurance that the provider will
advertise only the level of care that can be
provided 24 hours a day.
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(iv) A statement that the provider will have
that vehicle inspected by the Department annually.
(B) If a rural ambulance service provider
vehicle service provider
is approved to provide an
in-field service level upgrade based on the licensed
personnel on the vehicle, all the advanced life support
medical supplies, durable medical equipment, and
medications must be
and locked with access by only the personnel
who have been authorized by the EMS System Medical
Director to utilize those supplies.
(C) The EMS System shall routinely perform quality
assurance, in compliance with the EMS System's quality
assurance plan approved by the Department, on in-field
service level upgrades authorized under this Section
to ensure compliance with the EMS System plan.
(2) Rural ambulance service provider
or rural vehicle
in-field service level upgrade. The EMS
System Medical Director may define what constitutes an
in-field service level upgrade through an EMS System policy
An in-field service level upgrade may
include, but need not be limited to, an upgrade to a
licensed ambulance, alternate response vehicle
by the Department in rules
, or specialized emergency
medical services vehicle.
(c) If the EMS System Medical Director approves a proposal
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for a rural in-field service level upgrade under this Section,
he or she shall submit the proposal to the Department along
with a statement of approval signed by him or her. Once the
Department has approved the proposal, the rural ambulance
or rural vehicle service provider
authorized to function at the highest level of EMT license
(advanced life support/paramedic, intermediate life support,
or basic life support) held by any person staffing the vehicle.
(Source: P.A. 98-608, eff. 12-27-13.)
This Act takes effect upon