Department of Health

Administration of Emergency Medical Services (Follow-Up Review)

Emergency medical services in New York are provided by about 1,200 local ambulance services, which are overseen by the Department of Health. According to a 1992 State law, by the year 2000, all ambulance services operating in New York must be certified by the Department. In our prior audit report 95-S-56, we evaluated the likelihood that this requirement would be met and concluded that it was more likely to be met if formal plans were developed describing what needed to be done for the as yet uncertified ambulance services to become certified. We also found improvements were needed in the procedures used by the Department to screen prospective emergency medical technicians and to assess the timeliness and quality of the ambulance services. In our follow-up review, we found that significant progress has been made by Department officials in implementing our prior audit recommendations.

For a complete copy of Report 96-F-38 click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.