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October 18, 2011

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or

Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearing on Proposed Changes to Emergency Medical Services Regulations

Lincoln –The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, is holding a hearing on proposed changes to regulations on emergency medical services. The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, in the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level, Conference Room A, in Lincoln.

The proposed changes to regulations will:
  • create new classifications for out-of-hospital emergency care providers, authorize temporary licensure for certain out-of-hospital emergency care providers, and adopt national EMS education and scope-of-practice standards; and
  • require lawful presence in the U.S. to qualify for professional licensing.
To reflect the provisions of the Uniform Credentialing Act, the proposed changes will also include:
  • New and revised definitions and processes for credentialing;
  • Continuing competency requirements;
  • Grounds for discipline and acts considered unprofessional conduct; and
  • An administrative penalty for practice without a credential.
Anyone may attend and comment at the hearings or submit comments in writing. Written comments will be given the same consideration as comments made in person. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT on October 29 and should be sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026, fax 402-742-2382, or e-mailed to 

Draft regulations are available online at Draft copies of the regulations are also available at DHHS, 402-471-9022, and at the office of the Secretary of State, 402-471-2385.

If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in a hearing, please call 402-471-9022. For persons with hearing impairments, please call DHHS at 402-471-9570 (voice and TDD) or the Nebraska Relay System at 711 or 800-833-7352 TDD at least 2 weeks before the hearing date.