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Full Text of HB2864  102nd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems
5Act is amended by adding Section 3.89 as follows:
6    (210 ILCS 50/3.89 new)
7    Sec. 3.89. Rural populations; credential exception.
8    (a) In a rural population of 5,000 or fewer inhabitants,
9each EMS System Medical Director may create an exception to
10the credentialing process to allow registered nurses,
11physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses
12to apply to serve as volunteers who perform the same work as
13EMTs. As part of the volunteer recognition process, EMS
14Systems shall ensure that registered nurses, physician
15assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses have an
16active license issued by the Department of Financial and
17Professional Regulation. This system-level recognition shall
18require documentation and proof of the completion of at least
1920 hours of prehospital care-specific coursework approved by
20the Department of Public Health, including, but not limited
21to, airway management, ambulance operation, ambulance
22equipment, extrication, telecommunication, prehospital
23cardiac and trauma care, and 8 hours of observant riding time.



HB2864 Enrolled- 2 -LRB102 13923 CPF 19274 b

1Each EMS System Medical Director who creates an exception to
2the credentialing process under this Section may require
3additional training or documentation and may reject a
4volunteer applicant under this Section for just cause. Each
5exemption period shall be no longer than one year, after which
6time a volunteer applicant may apply for another exemption
7under this Section. Each EMS System Medical Director is
8responsible for ensuring that volunteer applicants meet EMS
9System requirements for credentialing and authorizing the
10practice in accordance with the EMS System plan for basic life
11support. Exceptions to the credentialing process under this
12Section are only allowable for volunteer EMS agencies in
14    (b) The Department of Public Health may adopt rules to
15implement this Section.