CDPHE announces new state licensing for ground ambulance agencies

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DENVER (July 1, 2024) – In a significant move to enhance public safety, the State of Colorado has finalized new state licensing for ground ambulance agencies. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will now oversee the licensing of all agencies providing ground ambulance services, which will help ensure more consistent and equitable standards across the state.  

The licensing rules establish consistent standards for all ground ambulance services. The standards are designed to enhance the safety, equity, and accessibility for those who need ambulance services in Colorado. Previously, counties were charged with licensing ground ambulance services in their area. CDPHE will continue to work closely with local partners to ensure emergency medical services meet their unique needs.  

“The new regulations represent a historic shift in Colorado’s approach to ground ambulance licensing and reflect more than two years of close collaboration between the department, counties, and  Emergency Medical Services providers and stakeholders,” said Elaine McManis, director of CDPHE’s Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division. “We applaud the tireless effort the community dedicated to this project, and we are excited to implement the new licensing program with their support.”

Centralizing licensure will strengthen oversight of Emergency Medical Services systems, identify areas for enhancement, and ensure a more equitable distribution of resources to improve patient outcomes.

Beginning today, all ground ambulance agencies must hold a state-issued license to operate.