Important Information Regarding Initial EMS Provider License Application and Processing Changes
July 2, 2013
During the 83rd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, House Bill 3556 and Senate Bill 8 were enacted, which require the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to implement provisions that establish new requirements for licensing emergency medical services (EMS) providers. These new requirements become effective September 1, 2013, and include a moratorium on the issuance of most new EMS provider licenses between September 1, 2013, and August 31, 2014 (DSHS is allowed to continue to issue new EMS provider licenses to the following: municipality, county, emergency services district, hospital, emergency medical services volunteer provider organization or EMS provider who provides 9-1-1 response in a rural area).
Because of the processing time needed for: 1) reviewing the completeness/correctness of the numerous documents required of an initial application, and 2) the completing of an onsite provider survey and inspection of ambulance(s), DSHS cannot guarantee that any initial applications submitted after July 8, 2013 will be able to be processed by August 31, 2013.
Guidance Regarding the Renewal Of an EMS Provider License
September 1, 2013
During the 83rd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, House Bill 3556 and Senate Bill 8 were enacted, which require the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to implement new standards for licensing emergency medical services (EMS) providers, effective September 1, 2013.
Please be advised that renewal applications will require the provider to meet the new standards, based on the enacted bill language, which include:
1. A letter of credit, if the license being renewed has been issued for less than 10 years.
2. A surety bond (clarification regarding the surety bond will be forthcoming from Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Please periodically check this website for updates.)
3. An administrator of record. (The administrator of record can only work for one for-profit ambulance provider.)
4. A medical director
An emergency medical services provider that is directly operated by a governmental entity is exempt from requirements 1, 2, and 3 listed above.
Between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014, DSHS will develop licensing rules to further define requirements to implement the provisions of these new laws. DSHS encourages you to participate in this rule promulgation process. If you have questions or comments related to the renewal of an EMS Provider License, please contact Joseph Schmider, State EMS Director, via e-mail at:firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (512) 834-6737.