CHA News Article

EMS Approves Guidelines for Calculating, Reporting Ambulance Patient Offload Time

The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) Commission on EMS Information has approved the attached guidelines addressing ambulance patient offload time (APOT). Under AB 1223 (Chapter 379, Statutes of 2015), which took effect Jan. 1, 2016, EMSA was required to develop a statewide methodology for calculating and reporting APOT by a local EMS agency (LEMSA). To meet this requirement, EMSA convened a task force that included representation from hospitals, LEMSAs and public and private EMS providers. 

According to the new guidelines, LEMSAs that implement APOT reporting must include hospitals in the measuring and reporting process. Hospital emergency departments are encouraged to work closely with their LEMSAs to ensure the data’s accuracy, validity and consistency. For more information contact BJ Bartleson, CHA vice president, nursing and clinical services.