Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Rule

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules, all rules are reviewed at least every 10 years or they shall expire. As a result of the periodic review of subchapter 10A NCAC 13P, Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Rules, 29 rules were determined as "Necessary With Substantive Public Interest," thus necessitating readoption. This one proposed rule is the result of the readoption process. Substantial changes are proposed for this rule that include the requirement to obtain an EMS provider license for EMS providers that utilize non-transport vehicles providing advanced EMT and/or paramedic level services without ambulance transport vehicles. In addition, air medical programs will not be required to identify their service area and obtain EMS System affiliation. Incorporating these changes will benefit the quality of care provided to the citizens of North Carolina and provide additional opportunities for entities regulated by these rules to provide services otherwise prohibited under the current standards. This proposed readoption will strengthen the rules by keeping the citizens and visitors of North Carolina safe and provided with the best possible health treatment and care.