Office of Emergency Medical Services
The Office of Emergency Medical Services is responsible for strategic planning, regulatory & statutory oversight, as well as programmatic implementation of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system in Connecticut.
For EMS providers, this includes development of the educational framework for training EMS providers, application and licensing of over 20,000 EMS providers, inspections of over 900 EMS vehicles and investigation of complaints against EMS providers for standard of care or other regulatory violations. For EMS organizations, this includes coordination of the overall EMS system via review and consideration of new EMS organizations and requested changes in services provided of current EMS organizations, oversight and analysis of EMS Data, as well as investigation of complaints against EMS organizations for regulatory violations that put the public's health at risk.
The Connecticut EMS Council Awards Committee has decided to postpone the EMS Awards Ceremony scheduled for May 18, 2020. Nominations will remain open with a closing date TBD based on a new ceremony date.
Effective January 1, 2020 changes have been added to the certification requirements for of all EMS providers (EMR, EMT and AEMT). Details and course information can be found on the OEMS Education page or by clicking on the link above.
All organizations that received a 2020 rate schedule from the Office of Emergency Medical Services must complete the 2021 Rate Application and spreadsheet. To those providers that have not yet begun to impose approved charges should complete the "Non-Charging Service Certification Statement for 2021" which can be found on the last page of the Short Form Application.
If you wish to request more than the 2% CPI increase in 2021 for any of your approved 2020 rate categories, contact Renee Holota at 860-509-8103 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a 2021 Full Rate Application (Long Form) package.
In accordance with CGS 19a-904, which requires posting of a list of Infectious Disease Designated Officers for all EMS organizations on our website, the list is now available to be downloaded by clicking on the above link.
Certified Stroke Centers
Passed during the 2017 Legislative Session, Public Act 17-146 (Sec. 40) requires any hospital certified as a comprehensive stroke center, primary stroke center or acute stroke-ready hospital to submit attestation from the nationally recognized certifying organization to the Commissioner of Public Health. Visit our new Certified Stroke Center page for a listing.
Designated Trauma Centers
Pursuant to Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies Sec. 19a-177-4, hospitals seeking designation as a Trauma Facility must be verified by the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma, and apply to the OEMS. A current listing of hospitals can be found on the American College of Surgeons Trauma Center Database website.
Section 45 of Public Act 17-146 required the Department of Public Health, in consultation with the Departments of Social Services and Insurance, to convene a twenty-four member Workgroup to review specific tasks related to the implementation of a mobile integrated health (MIH) program. The Mobile Integrated Health Legislative Report to the General Assembly can be downloaded by clicking on the link.