Summary: S.2410 — 93rd Congress (1973-1974)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for S.2410. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (09/13/1973)

Emergency Medical Services Systems Act - Provides, under the Public Health Service Act, that the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare may make grants to and enter into contracts with eligible entities for projects which include both: (1) studying the feasibility of establishing and operating an emergency medical services system, and (2) planning the establishment and operation of such a system. Sets forth the qualifications and application such a grant must meet.

Authorizes the Secretary to make grants for: (1) the establishment and initial operation of emergency medical services systems: (2) projects for the expansion and improvement of emergency medical services systems; and (3) support of research in emergency medical techniques, methods, devices and delivery.

Defines "eligible entity" as a State, a unit of general local government, a public entity administering a compact or other regional arrangement or consorium, or any other public entity and any nonprofit private entity.

Requires that an emergency medical services system shall: (1) include an adequate number of health professions, allied health professions, and other health personnel with appropriate training and experience; (2) provide for its personnel appropriate training and continuing education programs; (3) join the personnel, facilities, and equipment of the system by a central communications system; (4) include an adequate number of necessary ground, air, and water vehicles and other transportation facilities to meet the individual characteristics of the system's service area; and (5) provide other enumerated criteria services.

Authorizes, for the purpose of making payments pursuant to specified grants and contracts, to be appropriated $30,000,000 for fiscal year 1974; $60,000,000 for fiscal year 1975; and $70,000,000 for fiscal year 1976.

Directs the Secretary to administer the program of grants and contracts through an identifiable administrative unit within the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Provides that the Secretary shall establish an Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services to evaluate the adequacy of all Federal activities which relate to emergency medical services. Provides for the appointment of Committee members.

Provides, under the Public Health Service Act, that the Secretary may make grants to an enter into contracts with schools of medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, nursing, and training centers for allied health professions to assist in meeting the cost of training programs in the techniques and methods of providing emergency medical services.

Directs the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare to conduct a study on the legal barriers to the effective delivery of medical care under emergency conditions and to report the results of such study to the Congress.