State Emergency Medical Service Committee
- • qualifications, terms, duties and compensation
(1) The State Emergency Medical Service Committee is established within the Oregon Health Authority. The committee must have at least 18 members. The Oregon Health Authority shall appoint at least 17 voting members as described in subsection (2) of this section. The chairperson of the State Trauma Advisory Board established under ORS 431A.055 (State Trauma Advisory Board), or the chairperson’s designee, shall be a nonvoting member.
(2) The authority shall appoint members to serve on the State Emergency Medical Service Committee, including:
(a) Six physicians licensed under ORS chapter 677 whose practice consists of routinely treating emergencies, such as cardiovascular illness, trauma or pediatric emergencies, appointed from a list submitted by the Oregon Medical Board. At least two members appointed under this paragraph must be emergency medical services medical directors, and at least one member appointed under this paragraph must specialize in pediatric emergency care.
(b) Four emergency medical services providers whose practices consist of routinely treating emergencies, such as cardiovascular illness or trauma. At least one of the providers must be at the lowest level of licensure for emergency medical services providers established by the authority at the time of appointment. Emergency medical services providers appointed pursuant to this paragraph must be selected from lists submitted by each area trauma advisory board. The lists must include nominations from organizations that represent emergency care providers in this state.
(c) One volunteer ambulance operator.
(d) One person representing governmental agencies that provide ambulance services.
(e) One person representing a private ambulance company.
(f) One hospital administrator.
(g) One nurse who has served at least two years in the capacity of an emergency department nurse.
(h) One representative of an emergency dispatch center.
(i) One community college or licensed career school representative.
(3) The committee must include at least one resident, but no more than three residents, from each region served by one area trauma advisory board at the time of appointment.
(4) Appointments are for a term of four years and must be made in a manner that preserves as much as possible the representation of the organization described in subsection (2) of this section. A vacancy must be filled for an unexpired term as soon as the authority can make the appointment. The committee shall choose a chairperson and shall meet at the call of the chairperson or the Director of the Oregon Health Authority.
(5) The State Emergency Medical Service Committee shall:
(a) Advise the authority concerning the adoption, amendment and repeal of rules authorized by this chapter;
(b) Assist the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Program in providing state and regional emergency medical services coordination and planning;
(c) Assist communities in identifying emergency medical service system needs and quality improvement initiatives;
(d) Assist the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Program in prioritizing, implementing and evaluating emergency medical service system quality improvement initiatives identified by communities;
(e) Review and prioritize rural community emergency medical service funding requests and provide input to the Rural Health Coordinating Council; and
(f) Review and prioritize funding requests for rural community emergency medical service training and provide input to the Area Health Education Center program.
(6) The chairperson of the committee shall appoint a subcommittee on the licensure and discipline of emergency medical services providers, consisting of five physicians and four emergency medical services providers. The subcommittee shall advise the authority and the Oregon Medical Board on the adoption, amendment, repeal and application of rules implementing ORS 682.204 (License requirement) to 682.220 (Denial, suspension or revocation of license) and 682.245 (Scope of practice of emergency medical services providers). The decisions of the subcommittee are not subject to the review of the committee.
(7) Members of the committee are entitled to compensation as provided in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions). [Formerly 682.195; 2009 c.595 §1068; 2011 c.703 §6; 2017 c.101 §31; 2019 c.456 §53]
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