Community paramedics are certified emergency medical service providers who provide community-based, out-of-hospital medical services to medically underserved and medically served, yet vulnerable, populations. Under current law, community paramedics and community paramedicine agencies are not subject to regulation by any state agency.
Section 1 of the bill defines the terms "community paramedic" and "community paramedicine". Section 2 authorizes the executive director of the Colorado department of public health and environment (department) to adopt rules for the endorsement of emergency medical service providers as community paramedics.
Part 11 in section 3 authorizes a licensed ambulance service, fire department, or fire protection district to establish a community outreach and health education program in its community. The emergency medical and trauma services advisory council (council) may establish guidelines for the development and implementation of such programs. Part 11 also requires a program operator to report annually to the council on the progress of the program.
Part 12 in section 3 authorizes the department to issue licenses to community paramedicine agencies and authorizes the state board of health to promulgate rules concerning the minimum standards for operating a community paramedicine agency. Part 12 also creates the community paramedicine agencies cash fund.