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QI & EMS
1996, the New York State Public Health Law (NYS PHL) Article
30 was amended to add the requirement that “...every
ambulance service and advanced life support first response service
shall establish or participate in a quality improvement program,
which shall be an ongoing system to monitor and evaluate the
quality and appropriateness of the medical care …and which shall
pursue opportunities to improve patient care and to resolve
identified problems..” Every certified service was notified by the NYS Department of Health Bureau of EMS
(NYSDOH BEMS) regarding this change at that time. Section
3006 very clearly describes the configuration and responsibilities
of an EMS quality improvement (QI) program, and includes the
expectation that it would have been fully implemented by January
The Regional Emergency Medical Advisory
Committee (REMAC) has developed a Regional QI Plan to assist local agencies in meeting this
requirement. The Regional EMS
Office is required to collect information regarding local
programs and provide records to NYSDOH BEMS on an annual
agencies are reminded that QI is a REQUIREMENT
of NYS EMS Service Certification.
for QI Committees:
Data Collection Forms (Coming Soon!)
QI Review Form/Tool
Updated as of
Committee Supplemental Form-
New as of
REMAC QI Committee has asked that all agencies be reminded and
updated regarding the following:
agency should have submitted to the Regional EMS Office a copy
of the agency's most recent QI Plan with a signed collaborative
agreement by March 31, 2011.
QI Plan should correlate to the
2011 Regional QI Program Policy Statement.
The 2011 Regional QI Program established a discussion forum for
EMS agency officers and medical directors to communicate
directly with the REMAC QI Committee.
Meeting dates will be available soon. Existing hospital and
EMS agency collaborative QI programs continue to be encouraged
and are welcomed to participate with the REMAC QI Committee.
by the REMAC QI Committee and approved by REMAC, regional data
evaluation instructions and collection tools will be
distributed to EMS agencies.
As data is compiled,
preliminary and final evaluation reports will be compiled by the
committee and will be made available to all participating
participation and support in this process is greatly appreciated.
If there are any questions regarding
the Regional QI Program in general, please do not hesitate to contact
the Regional EMS Office at (914) 231-1616.
NYS PHL Article 30 was amended in 1996 to include Section 3006, a QI guidebook was
issued by the NYSDOH to assist agencies in the formation of an
evaluation process as described by statute:
resources for developing a QI program can be found by referring
Check back for NYS DOH / SEMAC studies
Please contact the Regional EMS Office at
914-231-1616 if there are any questions.