To provide for improvement of field emergency medical services, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Field EMS Quality, Innovation, and Cost Effectiveness Improvements Act of 2011''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as follows:
Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Findings. Sec. 3. Definitions. Sec. 4. Recognition of HHS as primary Federal agency for emergency medical services and trauma care. Sec. 5. Field EMS Excellence, Quality, Universal Access, Innovation, and Preparedness. Sec. 6. Field EMS System Performance, Integration, and Accountability. Sec. 7. Field EMS quality. Sec. 8. Field EMS education grants. Sec. 9. Evaluating innovative models for access and delivery of field EMS for patients. Sec. 10. Enhancing research in field EMS. Sec. 11. Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund. Sec. 12. Authorization of appropriations.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds the following: (1) All persons throughout the country should have access to and receive high-quality emergency medical care as part of a coordinated emergency medical services system. (2) Properly functioning emergency medical services (EMS) systems, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, are essential to ensure access to emergency medical care and transport for all patients with emergency medical conditions. Such coordinated EMS systems are also necessary for response to catastrophic incidents. (3) Ensuring high-quality and cost-effective EMS...