EMS Certification Commission 

The Louisiana Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission (EMSCC) is a legally created administrative commission acting within the governmental structure of the state and possessing legal power.

To safeguard life and health of the citizens of Louisiana, the law governing the practice of Nationally Registered and State Licensed EMS Practitioners, Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, R.S. 40:1133 et seq., as re-enacted and amended, delegates to this Commission the responsibility to establish and publish standards of out-of-hospital practice; to regulate the scope of practice of Emergency Medical Services Practitioners, to discipline and regulate the practice of Emergency Medical Services Practitioners and to establish standards for education programs preparing individuals for out-of-hospital practice.

Please direct EMS Certification Commission inquiries to EMS.Commission@la.gov

 

EMS Certification Commissioners

American College of Emergency Physicians:   Jeff Elder, MD

EMS Private Administrator:   Tracy Wold

Paramedic:   Christopher Mixon, Secretary        

American Academy of Pediatrics:   Megan Marino, MD

American College of Surgeons:   Lance Stuke, MD

Emergency Medical Technician:   Tammy Gray

EMS Public Administrator:   Jeffery Watson

Louisiana Emergency Nurses Association:     Adam Oliver    

Louisiana Fire Chiefs Association:   Toby Henry

Louisiana Municipal Association:   Ryan Brown

Louisiana State Medical Society:   Jeffrey Kuo, MD

Professional Firefighters Association of Louisiana:   Barbara Sellers

 

 

EMS Certification Commission Meeting Schedule

The Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission’s regular meetings are at  9:00 a.m. at the office of the Louisiana Bureau of EMS, unless otherwise noted. 

 

2020 Regular Meeting Dates:

February 7, 2020

April 17, 2020 - Canceled

June 26, 2020

August 21, 2020

October 16, 2020   

December 04, 2020

 

2021 Regular Meeting Dates:

February 26, 2021                                                                                                  

April 16, 2021                                    

June 18, 2021        

August 20, 2021

October 15, 2021

December 3, 2021 

   

EMSCC Meeting Agendas/Notices and Minutes can be found on the Louisiana Boards & Commissions website.

Click here for all EMSCC agendas/notices. 

Click here for all EMSCC minutes.

 

Disciplinary Action

Please find below is a list of EMS licenses that have been disciplined by the EMS Certification Commission in 2020.

Click here for Disciplinary Decisions

 

Complaints

What to Report?

Any of the following violations:

  • EMS Practice Act R.S. 40:1131 et. seq.
  • Bureau of EMS Policy and Procedures
  • Patient Care
  • Unprofessional Conduct
  • Moral Turpitude
  • EMS Rules
  • Scope of Practice
  • National Registry Rules
  • National EMS Education Guidelines
  • Education/Educator Violations
  • Failed or refused drug screening
  • Any act the results in arrest either misdemeanor or felony

 

Who Should Report?

Any student, candidate, licensed EMS practitioners, EMS Educator, EMS Provider or EMS Employer having direct knowledge.

 

How to Report

Reports must be in writing and can be accomplished by fax, postal service or electronic means.   

Click here to complete a EMSCC Complaint Form

 

To Whom to Report

EMS Certification Commission

c/o Stacy Barbay

7273 Florida Blvd.

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

 

Phone: (225) 925-4022

Fax: (225) 925-7244

Email: EMS.Commission@la.gov

                   

Public Comment at EMSCC Meetings

At every open meeting of the EMSCC, members of the public shall be afforded an opportunity to make public comment addressing any matters set by agenda for discussion at that meeting.  Concerns and public comments shall be limited to five minutes per individual unless the time limitations are waived by a majority of the EMS Certification Commission members present.

Anyone wishing to speak on a specific item must present the request prior to the convening of the meeting. Cards shall be available to place the request for public comment, along with the requestor’s name and for whom the requestor is appearing.

 

Scope of Practice

The EMS Certification Commission will determine the Scope of Practice for each EMS Practitioner level.  The EMSCC retains the authority to modify, expand, limit, or change the Scope of Practice by passing a resolution.  Upon the passing of a resolution, the Bureau of EMS will publish the resolution and update the Scope of Practice matrix on the Bureau of EMS website and the Louisiana Boards and Commissions Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission web page.

CLICK HERE for the Scope of Practice (updated July 2020)

The Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission revised the expansion to the Louisiana EMS Scope of Practice on October 16, 2020. Please note that the expansion of skills will remain in effect during the COVID-19 crisis or until rescinded by the Louisiana EMS Certification Commission.

CLICK HERE for the Louisiana EMS Scope of Practice Expansion Due to the Pandemic.

 

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

The EMS Certification Commission, at the August 21, 2020 regular meeting, adopted the Louisiana Department of Health Diversity & Inclusion Statement as noted below: 

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) characterize diversity as representing the differences and similarities of all of us that include, for example, individual characteristics (e.g. disability, age, education level, poverty status, rural/urban setting, race, ethnicity and orientation, values, beliefs, experiences and backgrounds. LDH also characterizes inclusion as creating a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the work of our agency. This is inclusive of LDH also building its capacity to create, support and/or fund (i.e., via programming projects and contracts) efforts that do not discriminate against people, populations, and/or communities due to disability, age, education level, poverty status, rural/urban setting, race, ethnicity, and orientation. LDH believes that diversity and inclusion aid it more equitably achieving its mission – “…protect and promote health and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for citizens of the State of Louisiana”. 

 

Statutes: EMS Certification Commission

LRS 40:1133.3 EMS Certification Commission

LRS 40:1133.4 Powers and Duties of the Commission

LRS 40:1133.7 Grounds for Disciplinary Proceedings

LRS 40:1133.8 Hearings of the Commission

 

Statutes: Emergency Medical Services

LRS 40:1131 Emergency Medical Services

LRS 40:1133.1 Emergency Medical Personnel

LRS 40:1133.2 Fee Schedule

LRS 40:1133.5 Powers and Duties of the Bureau

LRS 40:1133.6 License Requirements

LRS 40:1133.10 Violations

LRS 40:1133.11 Prosecution