Department of Health
Administration of Emergency
Medical Services Emergency medical services in New York are provided
by about 1,200 local ambulance services, which are overseen by the Department of Health.
At the time of our audit, 37 percent of these ambulance services had yet to be certified by the
Department. According to a 1992 State law, by the year 2000, all ambulance services
operating in New York must be certified by the Department. We evaluated the likelihood that
this requirement will be met and concluded that it is more likely to be met if formal plans are
developed describing what needs to be done for the remaining ambulance services to be
certified. We also examined the procedures used by the Department to certify emergency
medical technicians. We found that these procedures provide adequate assurance that
individuals are not certified unless they are qualified. However, we noted that improvements
are needed in the procedures used by the Department to identify prospective technicians with
criminal histories, as is required by law. We also examined the extent to which the
Department assesses the timeliness and quality of ambulance services. We found that the
Department makes no systematic assessments of this kind. We recommend that such
assessments be initiated.
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