CHA News Article

OSHPD Approves Another Year of Funding for Community Paramedicine Pilot Projects

The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has granted the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) a one-year extension — to Nov. 14, 2019 — of its California Statewide Community Paramedicine Program Pilot Project

OSHPD initially approved the project in November 2014, and has granted one-year extensions each year since. The initial approval, plus the extensions, allowed EMSA four years to test the various project concepts. In 2017, EMSA submitted to OSHPD updates and quarterly reporting showing that there were no patient safety or compliance issues in any pilot sites. Currently 12 sites are operational; five additional sites have been approved and are pending operational status. The approved sites are comprised of:

  • Seven post-discharge/readmissions pilots
  • Three behavioral health alternate destination pilots
  • Three sobering center alternate destination pilots
  • Two frequent emergency medical services user pilots
  • One hospice pilot
  • One directly observed therapy for tuberculosis pilot