S.B. No. 521
relating to exemptions from the law governing emergency medical
services for certain transfer vehicles and staff and to the minimum
qualifications for obtaining an emergency medical services
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subsection (a), Section 773.004, Health and
Safety Code, is amended to read as follows:
(a) This chapter does not apply to:
(1) a ground transfer vehicle and staff used to
transport a patient who is under a physician's care between medical
facilities or between a medical facility and a private residence,
unless it is medically necessary to transport the patient using a
ground or] air transfer that does not advertise
as an ambulance service and that is not licensed by the department;
(3) the use of ground or air transfer vehicles to
transport sick or injured persons in a casualty situation that
exceeds the basic vehicular capacity or capability of emergency
medical services providers in the area;
(4) an industrial ambulance; or
(5) a physician, registered nurse, or other health
care practitioner licensed by this state unless the health care
practitioner staffs an emergency medical services vehicle
SECTION 2. Section 773.042, Health and Safety Code, is
amended to read as follows:
Sec. 773.042. BASIC LIFE-SUPPORT EMERGENCY MEDICAL
SERVICES PROVIDER QUALIFICATIONS. A provider qualifies as a basic
life-support emergency medical services provider if it provides a
vehicle that is designed for transporting the sick or injured,
[ and] has personnel and sufficient equipment and supplies for
providing basic life support, and is capable of providing emergency
and nonemergency transportation.
SECTION 3. Section 773.057, Health and Safety Code, is
amended by adding Subsection (e) to read as follows:
(e) In addition to any other qualifications that an
emergency medical services provider must possess to obtain the type
of license sought, all emergency medical services providers must
possess the qualifications required for a basic emergency medical
services provider under Section 773.042.
SECTION 4. (a) A person or vehicle that becomes subject to
Chapter 773, Health and Safety Code, and rules adopted under that
law as a result of the changes in law made by this Act is not
required to comply with Chapter 773 and applicable rules before
June 1, 2006.
(b) A person who is a licensed emergency medical services
provider immediately before the effective date of this Act must
meet the requirements of Section 773.042, Health and Safety Code,
as amended by this Act, on renewing the license.
SECTION 5. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 521 passed the Senate on
March 31, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 521 passed the House on
May 25, 2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House