as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/20/2019 11:56am
A bill for an act
relating to health; permitting a community emergency medical technician to be a
member of a basic life support ambulance service; modifying an occupational title
of certain emergency medical technicians; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018,
sections 144E.001, subdivision 5h; 144E.275, subdivision 7; 256B.0625,
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 144E.001, subdivision 5h, is amended to read:
deleted text begin medical responsedeleted text end emergency medical technician" or "CEMT" means a person who is certified
as an emergency medical technician, who is a member of a registered medical response unit
under section 144E.275new text beginnew text end, and who meets the
requirements for additional certification as a CEMT as specified in section 144E.275,
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 144E.275, subdivision 7, is amended to read:
(a) To be
eligible for certification by the board as a CEMT, an individual shall:
(1) be currently certified as an EMT or AEMT;
(2) have two years of service as an EMT or AEMT;
(3) be a member ofnew text beginnew text end a registered medical response unit as defined under this section;new text beginnew text end
new text begin new text end
(4) successfully complete a CEMT education program from a college or university that
has been approved by the board or accredited by a board-approved national accrediting
organization. The education must include clinical experience under the supervision of the
medical response unit new text beginnew text endmedical director, an advanced practice registered
nurse, a physician assistant, or a public health nurse operating under the direct authority of
a local unit of government;
(5) successfully complete an education program that includes education in providing
culturally appropriate care; and
(6) complete a board-approved application form.
(b) A CEMT must practice in accordance with protocols and supervisory standards
established by the medical response unit new text beginnew text endmedical director in accordance
with section 144E.265.
(c) A CEMT may provide services within the CEMT skill set as approved by the medical
response unit new text beginnew text endmedical director.
(d) A CEMT may provide episodic individual patient education and prevention education
but only as directed by a patient care plan developed by the patient's primary physician, an
advanced practice registered nurse, or a physician assistant, in conjunction with the medical
response unit new text beginnew text endmedical director and relevant local health care providers.
The patient care plan must ensure that the services provided by the CEMT are consistent
with services offered by the patient's health care home, if one exists, that the patient receives
the necessary services, and that there is no duplication of services to the patient.
(e) A CEMT is subject to all certification, disciplinary, complaint, and other regulatory
requirements that apply to EMTs under this chapter.
(f) A CEMT may not provide services as defined in section 144A.471, subdivisions 6
and 7, except a CEMT may provide verbal or visual reminders to the patient to:
(1) take a regularly scheduled medication, but not to provide or bring the patient
(2) follow regularly scheduled treatment or exercise plans.
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256B.0625, subdivision 60a, is amended to read:
Medical assistance covers services provided by a community deleted text beginmedical responsedeleted text end emergency
medical technician (CEMT) who is certified under section 144E.275, subdivision 7, when
the services are provided in accordance with this subdivision.
(b) A CEMT may provide a postdischarge visit, after discharge from a hospital or skilled
nursing facility, when ordered by a treating physician. The postdischarge visit includes:
(1) verbal or visual reminders of discharge orders;
(2) recording and reporting of vital signs to the patient's primary care provider;
(3) medication access confirmation;
(4) food access confirmation; and
(5) identification of home hazards.
(c) An individual who has repeat ambulance calls due to falls or has been identified by
the individual's primary care provider as at risk for nursing home placement, may receive
a safety evaluation visit from a CEMT when ordered by a primary care provider in accordance
with the individual's care plan. A safety evaluation visit includes:
(1) medication access confirmation;
(2) food access confirmation; and
(3) identification of home hazards.
(d) A CEMT shall be paid at $9.75 per 15-minute increment. A safety evaluation visit
may not be billed for the same day as a postdischarge visit for the same individual.