H.R.978 - Helicopter Medical Services Patient Safety, Protection, and Coordination Act

To recognize and clarify the authority of the States to regulate intrastate helicopter medical services pursuant to their authority over public health planning and protection, patient safety and protection, emergency medical services, the quality and coordination of medical care, and the practice of medicine within their jurisdictions. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: To recognize and clarify the authority of the States to regulate intrastate helicopter medical services pursuant to their authority over public health planning and protection, patient safety and protection, emergency medical services, the quality and coordination of medical care, and the practice of medicine within their jurisdictions. as introduced.
  • Short: Helicopter Medical Services Patient Safety, Protection, and Coordination Act as introduced.

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Official Summary

Helicopter Medical Services Patient Safety, Protection, and Coordination Act - Authorizes states to regulate helicopter medical services with respect to: (1) the medical qualifications and training of helicopter medical personnel, except that a state shall not impose new or additional requi

Official Summary

Helicopter Medical Services Patient Safety, Protection, and Coordination Act - Authorizes states to regulate helicopter medical services with respect to:
(1) the medical qualifications and training of helicopter medical personnel, except that a state shall not impose new or additional requirements on a pilot; and
(2) the obligation of providers of helicopter medical services to comply with a state's health planning, patient safety, and medical service requirements. Authorizes states to regulate the following aspects of helicopter medical services to the extent that state regulations are harmonized with relevant federal operating requirements:
(1) the designation of destinations for emergency patient transport;
(2) the specification of service requirements with respect to geographic areas within a state or during specified hours and days;
(3) the coordination of flight requests for emergency helicopter medical services; and
(4) compliance with accreditation requirements. Authorizes states to regulate the following aspects of helicopter medical services to the extent that state regulations are consistent with relevant federal operating requirements:
(1) the necessary medical equipment to be carried on board or affixed to the helicopter;
(2) the physical attributes of the helicopter necessary for the provision of quality medical care and for the protection of helicopter and ground medical personnel; and
(3) specified communication capabilities between helicopter personnel and emergency medical services and public safety personnel and between the flight crew and helicopter medical personnel.

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