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CHA Submits Recommendations to OSHPD’s Community Paramedicine Pilot Project Proposal

CHA has been working closely with the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), hospital members and their local emergency medical services agencies (LEMSAs) to support and promote a statewide community paramedicine program. Community paramedicine is a new and evolving model of community-based health care in which paramedics function outside their customary emergency response and transport roles to facilitate more appropriate use of emergency care resources. Currently, 13 paramedicine pilot sites have been proposed in 10 counties — Los Angeles, Orange, Butte, Ventura, Alameda, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Solano. The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) will hold a public hearing at its Sacramento office on April 9 from 1-4 p.m. to discuss the proposal review process. CHA has offered the attached comments on the proposal to strengthen and support a high level of quality care and patient safety during the pilot. For more information about the Community Paramedicine Health Workforce Pilot Project Proposal, visit http://oshpd.ca.gov/HWDD/HWPP.html.

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