EIIC: Emergency Medical Services for Children | Innovation and Improvement Center

U.S. HOUSE PASSAGE OF EMERGENCY MEDICATIONS ACT

The EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center is pleased to report the November 14 passage of the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016” (H.R. 4365) in the U.S. House of Representatives.  A summary of the bill and its importance to the EMSC community was included in the October 13 edition of the EMSCPulse.

The legislation is designed to amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to permit physician medical directors to issue standing orders to EMS personnel so they may administer controlled substances to patients.  In addition, the legislation clarifies and codifies who is authorized to provide verbal orders for controlled substances; provides the option for a single EMS agency registration; and clarifies receipt, movement and storage rules for EMS agency controlled substances.

A letter of strong support signed by all four of the EIIC’s partnering professional organizations (the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the National Association of State EMS Officials) was quickly dispatched to Senate Speaker Ryan and Democratic Leader Pelosi urging rapid passage during the 114th Congress by the end of calendar 2016.