April 17, 2020
The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) has recently issued Emergency Orders waiving and modifying certain regulations for the period of the State of Emergency declared by Governor Beshear on March 6, 2020. The Emergency Orders (issued April 9 and April 14) and the modified regulations may be found here. Of particular note, licensed ambulance agencies have been given more flexibility to provide emergency and non-emergency patient transports if local ambulance agencies are not able to timely respond. This change would allow for more expeditious patient transport in the event of a surge of COVID-19. Additionally, KBEMS modified the regulations for individual licensees, such as paramedics and EMTs, related to temporary licensure during this State of Emergency.