Bill Text - HB1594 (2016)

Relative to emergency medical services.

Revision: May 31, 2016, midnight

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AN ACT\trelative to emergency medical services.


SPONSORS:\tRep. White, Graf. 13; Rep. Danielson, Hills. 7; Rep. Goley, Hills. 8; Rep. Proulx, Hills. 44; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Pierce, Dist 5


COMMITTEE:\tExecutive Departments and Administration






\tThis bill makes various changes in the laws regarding emergency medical services, including requiring criminal history record checks for provider licensure and relicensure and establishing a penalty for false reports concerning investigations.


\tThis bill is a request of the department of safety.


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Explanation:\tMatter added to current law appears in bold italics.

\t\tMatter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

\t\tMatter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Sixteen


AN ACT\trelative to emergency medical services.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


\t149:1  Emergency Medical Services; Definitions.  Amend RSA 153-A:2, XVI to read as follows:

\t\tXVI.  "Patient'' means an individual who, as a result of illness or injury, needs [immediate] medical attention, whose physical or mental condition is such that the individual is in [imminent] danger of loss of life or significant health impairment, or who may otherwise be incapacitated as a result of a physical or mental condition.

\t149:2  Emergency Medical Services; Authority for Licensed Advanced Emergency Medical Care.  Amend RSA 153-A:12 to read as follows:

\t153-A:12  Authority for Licensed Advanced Emergency Medical Care Providers.  An advanced emergency medical care provider licensed under this chapter may render advanced emergency medical care, rescue, and lifesaving services in those areas of training for which such person is licensed, as defined and approved in accordance with the rules adopted under this chapter, at the scene of an emergency, during transportation to a hospital or while in the hospital emergency department, until care is directly assumed by a physician or authorized hospital personnel, and within the hospital or licensed health care facility in accordance with hospital or facility policies.

\t149:3  Emergency Medical Services; Revocation of License.  Amend RSA 153-A:13, I(d) to read as follows:

\t\t\t(d)  Knowingly making misleading, deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent representations [in the practice of his or her profession,] or engaging in unethical conduct including, but not limited to, conduct likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public or demonstrating a willful or careless disregard for the health or safety of a client/patient or practice harmful or detrimental to the public.  Proof of actual injury need not be established.

\t149:4  New Section; Emergency Medical Services; Criminal History Record Checks for Provider Licensure or Relicensure.  Amend RSA 153-A by inserting after section 10 the following new section:

\t153-A:10-a  Criminal History Record Checks For Provider Licensure and Relicensure.

\t\tI.  Every applicant for initial licensure, reinstatement after license action from the division, or license renewal after lapsing, shall submit to the division a notarized criminal history record release form, as provided by the New Hampshire division of state police, department of safety, which authorizes the release of his or her criminal history record, if any, to the division.

\t\tII.  The applicant shall submit with the release form a complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency or an authorized employee of the department of safety.  If the first set of fingerprints is invalid due to insufficient pattern, a second set of fingerprints shall be necessary in order to complete the criminal history records check.  If, after 2 attempts, a set of fingerprints is invalid due to insufficient pattern, the division may, in lieu of the criminal history records check, accept police clearances from every city, town, or county where the person has lived during the past 5 years.

\t\tIII.  The division shall submit the criminal history records release form and fingerprint form to the division of state police which shall conduct a criminal history records check through its records and through the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Upon completion of the records check, the division of state police shall release copies of the criminal history records to the division.  The division shall maintain the confidentiality of all criminal history records information received pursuant to this section.  The applicant shall bear the cost of a criminal history record check.

\t149:5  New Section; Emergency Medical Services; False Reports Concerning Investigations.  Amend RSA 153-A by inserting after section 13 the following new section:

\t153-A:13-a  False Reports Concerning Investigations.  A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if he or she:

\t\tI.  Knowingly gives or causes to be given false information during an investigation to the director or agent with the purpose of inducing such director or agent to believe that another has committed an offense; or

\t\tII.  Knowingly gives or causes to be given information to the director or  agent concerning a danger or the commission of an offense, knowing that the offense or danger did not occur or exist or knowing that he or she has no information relating to the offense or danger.

\t149:6  New Subparagraph; Private Postsecondary Career Schools; Definitions.  Amend RSA 188-G:1, II by inserting after subparagraph (k) the following new subparagraph:

\t\t\t(1)  Government entities offering training in public safety related occupations including but not limited to the division of fire standards and training and emergency medical services, the division of fire safety, and the police standards and training council.

\t149:7  Emergency Medical Services; Definitions.  Amend RSA 153-A:2, XI to read as follows:

\t\tXI.  "Facility'' means a hospital as defined in RSA 151:2, I(a) and (d).

\t149:8  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2017.

Approved: May 27, 2016

Effective Date: January 1, 2017