New Jersey appeals court upholds paramedic legislation

From Modern Healthcare:

The disputed law allows New Jersey’s three Level I trauma centers—Cooper University Hospital in Camden, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and University Hospital in Newark—to exclusively provide advanced life-support services and basic life support services to their municipalities. New Jersey lawmakers said they thought linking EMS services to these providers would centralize medical oversight and promote high-quality pre-hospital care.

The law was slated to go into effect in January 2016, but two EMS providers—Virtua Health and Capital Health System—sued in December 2015, saying the law provided New Jersey’s three Level I trauma centers with inappropriate benefits by blocking the long-serving providers from markets they had served since 1977.

A lower court sided with the EMS providers in December 2015 and ordered the law not be implemented.

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