REMAC Has Earlier Deadlines
Last month Lakeshore Volunteer Ambulance laid off eight employees and is now prohibited from providing Advanced Life Support (ALS). Lakeshore Ambulance, which serves the towns of Wolcott, Butler, Victory, and Huron, missed a June 1 deadline for being licensed to possess and administer narcotics. The local Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC), which grants permission in the region for ALS, had the June 1, 2014 deadline for obtaining the license.
The SEMAC Resolution States:
- The affected ALS EMS agencies, must apply for and be granted the prehospital 03C controlled substance license before May 1, 2015.
- If an agency does not obtain the prehospital controlled substance license and have the ability to provide these medications to patients, the Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC) will remove the EMS agency’s authorization at the ALS level.
- Any EMS agency seeking to become a new ALS provider, will have to apply for and hold a 03C license in order to be approved by their REMAC at the advanced level.
- Required prehospital controlled substance medications include morphine, regionally endorsed benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium®), midazolam (Versed®) and other medications and, with Department approval, fentanyl and ketamine.
- The Bureaus of EMS and Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) are working together to insure that that the DOH component of the license application and site review process will be timely.
To ensure receipt of the Controlled Substance license by May 1, 2015, the latest the Department can receive a completed application will be March 1, 2015.
NY Controlled Substance License Deadline Summary:
NY Controlled Substance Licence must be obtained by May 1, 2015
Application must be received by March 1, 2015
Some regions have deadlines as early as June 1, 2014