1.1.................... moves to amend H. F. No. 161 as follows:
1.2Page 1, delete lines 7 to 23 and insert:
1.3"(a) The Department of Public Safety or its contract designee shall collaborate
1.4with the Minnesota Ambulance Association to create the parameters of the medical
1.5response unit reimbursement pilot program, including determining criteria for baseline
1.6data reporting.
1.7(b) In conducting the pilot program, the Department of Public Safety must consult
1.8with the Minnesota Ambulance Association, Minnesota Fire Chiefs Association,
1.9Emergency Services Regulatory Board, and the Minnesota Council of Health Plans to:
1.10(1) identify no more than five medical response units registered as medical response
1.11units with the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board according to
1.12Minnesota Statutes, chapter 144E, to participate in the program;
1.13(2) outline and develop criteria for reimbursement;
1.14(3) determine the amount of reimbursement for each unit response; and
1.15(4) collect program data to be analyzed for a final report.
1.16(c) Further criteria for the medical response unit reimbursement pilot program
1.17shall include:
1.18(1) the pilot program will expire on December 31, 2010, or when the appropriation
1.19is extended, whichever occurs first;
1.20(2) a report shall be made to the legislature by March 1, 2011, by the Department
1.21of Public Safety or its contractor as to the effectiveness and value of this reimbursement
1.22pilot program to the emergency medical services delivery system, any actual or potential
1.23savings to the health care system, and impact on patient outcomes;
1.24(3) participating medical response units must adhere to the requirements of this
1.25pilot program outlined in an agreement between the Department of Public Safety and
1.26the medical response unit, including but not limited to, requirements relating to data
1.27collection, response criteria, and patient outcomes and disposition;
2.1(4) individual entities licensed to provide ambulance care under Minnesota Statutes,
2.2chapter 144E, are not eligible for participation in this pilot program;
2.3(5) if a participating medical response unit withdraws from the pilot program, the
2.4Department of Public Safety in consultation with the Minnesota Ambulance Association
2.5may choose another pilot site if funding is available;
2.6(6) medical response units must coordinate their operations under this pilot project
2.7with the ambulance service or services licensed to provide care in their first response
2.8geographic areas;
2.9(7) licensed ambulance services that participate with the medical response unit in
2.10the pilot program assume no financial or legal liability for the actions of the participating
2.11medical response unit; and
2.12(8) the Department of Public Safety and its pilot program partners have no ongoing
2.13responsibility to reimburse medical response units beyond the parameters of the pilot
2.15Page 2, delete lines 1 to 12
2.16Page 2, line 16, delete "$800,000" and insert "$400,000"
2.17Page 2, line 32, delete "$100,000" and insert "$25,000"
2.18Page 3, delete subdivision 5 and insert:
2.19    "Subd. 5. Medical response unit reimbursement pilot program. (a) For fiscal
2.20year 2010, $250,000 is appropriated from the Cooper/Sams volunteer ambulance trust,
2.21formerly known as ambulance service personnel longevity award incentive trust, to the
2.22Department of Public Safety for a medical response unit reimbursement pilot program. Of
2.23this appropriation, $75,000 is for administrative costs to the Department of Public Safety,
2.24including providing contract staff support and technical assistance to the pilot program
2.25partners if necessary.
2.26(b) Of the appropriation in paragraph (a), $175,000 is to the Department of Public
2.27Safety to be used to provide a predetermined reimbursement amount to the participating
2.28medical response units. The Department of Public Safety or its contract designee will
2.29develop an agreement with the medical response units outlining reimbursement and
2.30program requirements to include HIPPA compliance while participating in the pilot