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Emergency Medical Services

1. Identify the major components of the American Legal System as it relates to the provision and management of EMS (Emergency Medical Services).

2. Navigate through a lawsuit and discuss the provisions to ensure compliance with laws and regulations on EMS.

3. Describe the types of EMS Acts and the specific areas of federal and state legislation which EMS is governed under.

4. Delineate negligence and identify key components which must be proven in tort related cases.

5. Distinguish between intentional torts, criminal conduct, and criminal liability relative to providing EMS and their effects on current and future provisions for patient care.

6. Discuss the basics, rules and benefits of sound documentation needed for the EMS professional and its correlation to protecting oneself from legal actions.

7. Describe the various models of insurance, insurance laws, and regulation of insurance for the EMS professional.

8. Study state and federal bodies of legislation specific to EMS to include EMTALA, COBRA, and HIPAA.

9. Describe the various mandatory reporting accompanying the provision of EMS care for EMS professionals.

10. Identify the importance of laws and regulations for the EMS management professional which should be adhered to and followed.

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1. Identify the major components of the American Legal System as it relates to the provision and management of EMS (Emergency Medical Services).

The major legislation responsible for providing provisions toward Emergency Medical Services was the Highway Safety Act of 1966. This legislation was responsible for transforming the EMS system in America as it allotted funding through a legislative mandate that gave authority to the U.S. Congress to improve the safety of citizens by requiring states to develop effective EMS programs. Because the Act was able to require under threat of loss of 10% of funding for highway construction funds that states greatly improve their EMS programs, states greatly improved their EMS systems resulting in the early development of advanced life support (ALS) programs.

With the passage of the 1973 Emergency Medical Services Systems Act, Congress established a definition for how states should implement their EMS systems. The main provisions of a state's EMS system entailed a requirement for states to ensure that EMS providers arranged competent personnel, facilities, and equipment capable of delivering effective and coordinated delivery of care throughout their state's communities and cities. These health care services were to be rendered under emergency conditions such as emergency calls for patient care or in the event of natural disasters. The state must register public or non-profit entities, and give them authority as well as appropriate resources that will allow these entities to provide the most effective administration of the system.

2. Navigate through a lawsuit and discuss the provisions to ensure compliance with laws and regulations on EMS.

Every state under the legislation aforementioned in the previous paragraph has the autonomy and authority to create their own provisions to ensure compliance and to regulate their laws in regard ...

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This solution discusses various concepts related to emergency medical services.

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