Community Paramedicine

Welcome to the State of Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy (DHCFP) Community Paramedicine Services webpage. In response to the passing of AB 305 which will become effective sometime in June, 2016, the Division of Health Care Financing & Policy (DHCFP) is adopting policy for Community Paramedicine service coverage. Community Paramedics holding a community paramedicine endorsement and working for a 911 response service function outside of their customary role in order to facilitate more appropriate use of emergency care resources and/or enhance access to primary care for medically underserved populations.

Community Paramedicine is a fairly new health care delivery model, and existing programs both nationally and internationally have demonstrated health care savings related to reduced hospital readmissions and reduced emergency transports and emergency room usage. Community Paramedics provide basic and preventive health care services to individuals in their homes. This may occur immediately following discharge from a hospital. Community Paramedicine programs can collaborate with other providers such as primary care and home health nursing to improve access to care and fill gaps that occur in our current health care system. Through stakeholder engagement, the DHCFP has developed a policy and payment methodology that allows providers to receive reimbursement for these valuable services. The new policy is scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2016.

Community Paramedicine programs enable paramedics to perform a variety of services for elderly patients, low income patients and patients in rural areas and help eliminate unnecessary or repeat trips to hospitals, or provide care that the patient otherwise wouldn’t receive.