HB1903 Regulates stretcher vans.
Sponsor: Hoppe, Thomas (46) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: LR Number: 4279L.01I
Last Action: COMMITTEE: LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND RELATED MATTERS
02/29/2000 - Executive Session Held (H)
HCS VOTED DO PASS
HB1903
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COMMITTEE

HCS HB 1903 & 1939 -- REGULATION OF STRETCHER VANS

SPONSOR:  Hoppe

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Local
Government and Related Matters by a vote of 20 to 0.

This substitute regulates stretcher van services.  The
substitute:

(1)  Requires any person or governmental entity to be licensed
by the Department of Health if the person or entity advertises,
engages, or proposes to engage in the transport of persons
confined to stretchers who do not need medical attention.
Licenses will be issued for periods of 5 years;

(2)  Allows St. Louis County to set standards for stretcher van
services in the county.  The county cannot prohibit licensed
services from operating in the county as long as the service
meets county standards;

(3)  Permits political subdivisions that are authorized to
operate a licensed ambulance service to adopt an ordinance or
regulation governing the operation of stretcher vans which are
as strict as the minimum state standards;

(4)  Classifies the type of transport and passengers who are
eligible for transport by stretcher van operators;

(5)  Requires the department to establish operating requirements
for stretcher vans and requires the certification of two-person
crews;

(6)  Permits enforcement of any laws, ordinances, or regulations
of any political subdivision which were in effect prior to
January 1, 2000, concerning the authorization to operate a
licensed ambulance service;

(7)  Requires the department to establish the application forms
for stretcher van service licenses in order to ensure compliance
with the proposed rules;

(8)  Requires notice to the department of sale or transfer of
any stretcher van service or license.  The department must
inspect the service to verify compliance with the licensure law
and regulations;

(9)  Allows a licensed ambulance service to operate as a
stretcher van operator;

(10)  Allows the department to refuse to issue or to deny
renewal of a license for stretcher van services for failure to
comply with statutory provisions or with regulations;

(11)  Specifies conditions which allow the department to file a
complaint with the Administrative Hearing Commission;

(12)  Allows the department to censure or to place a person
named in a complaint on probation for a period not exceeding 5
years.  The department can suspend a violator's license for a
period up to 3 years or revoke a violator's license;

(13)  Contains provisions concerning the re-licensure of a
person whose license has been revoked;

(14)  Allows the department to notify the proper licensing
authority of another state concerning a person with a suspended
or revoked license;

(15)  Exempts persons, associations, or corporations that
provide information to the department in good faith from actions
for civil damages;

(16)  Allows the department to suspend an operator's license
simultaneous to filing a complaint with the Administrative
Hearing Commission if an imminent threat to public health
exists.  Appeals of the suspension can be filed with the
department; and

(17)  Defines a stretcher van as any vehicle other than an
ambulance designed and equipped to transport passengers in a
supine position.  No such vehicle is allowed to provide medical
service.

FISCAL NOTE:  Not available at time of printing.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that stretcher van services need
quality standards.  Providers want regulations.  This bill is a
compromise between all interested parties.  The bill allows for
local control.

Testifying for the bill were Representatives Graham and Dolan;
Express Medical Transport; State Advisory Council of Emergency
Medical Services; Metropolitan Ambulance Service Trust; and
Missouri Ambulance Association.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Steve Bauer, Legislative Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 1903 -- Regulation of Stretcher Vans

Sponsor:  Hoppe

This bill establishes additional regulations for stretcher van
service.  The bill:

(1)  Requires any person, firm, corporation, or governmental
entity to be licensed by the Department of Health if the person
or entity advertises, operates, maintains, engages, or proposes
to engage in the transport of persons confined to stretchers who
do not need medical attention.  The department can issue such
licenses for a period of 5 years;

(2)  Requires the department to establish the application forms
for stretcher van service licenses in order to ensure compliance
with the proposed rules and with Sections 190.001 to 190.245,
RSMo, the Comprehensive Emergency Medical Services System Act;

(3)  Permits political subdivisions that are authorized to
operate a licensed ambulance service to adopt an ordinance or
regulation governing the operation of stretcher vans which are
as strict as the minimum state standards;

(4)  Permits enforcement of any laws, ordinances, or regulations
of any political subdivision which were in effect prior to
January 1, 2000, concerning the authorization to operate a
licensed ambulance service;

(5)  Classifies the type of transport and passengers who are
eligible for transport by stretcher van operators;

(6)  Requires the department to establish operating requirements
for stretcher vans and requires the certification of two-person
crews;

(7)  Requires a stretcher van service to provide proof of
adequate public liability insurance;

(8)  Allows a licensed ambulance service to operate as a
stretcher van operator; and

(9)  Requires the owner of a stretcher van service to notify the
department of a change of ownership within 30 days.  The
department is required to conduct an inspection of the service
to verify compliance with the Comprehensive Emergency Medical
Services System Act.


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