§33-25A-34. Ambulance services.
The Legislature finds that ambulance services in this state
are performed by various volunteer emergency service squads, county
operations and small businesses, which may lack the sophistication
and expertise required to negotiate a contract with a health
maintenance organization for the provision of ambulance services,
and that the best interests of the citizens of the state require
the continued development and preservation of an emergency medical
system to serve all the citizens of the state, including those
citizens who do not receive health care services through a health
maintenance organization. Therefore, the commissioner shall
promulgate legislative rules, pursuant to the provisions of article
twenty-nine-a of this code, to regulate contracting for emergency
medical services. The rules shall be promulgated as expeditiously
as possible in order to be considered by the Legislature in the
regular session in the year one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven.
The rules shall consider the following: Reimbursement for
nonemergency transportation by nonparticipating providers and the
appropriate use of 911 or community dispatching, as well as other
items the commissioner may deem necessary.