|Posted:||February 22, 2019 09:56 AM|
|From:||Representative Bryan Cutler and Rep. Michael H. Schlossberg|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Trauma Center Legislation|
|In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation that will help to address declining outcomes and inequitable funding formulas for PA trauma centers.
Research has shown that patients in high volume PA trauma centers with moderate to severe injuries achieved better patient outcomes than those in low volume trauma centers. However, PA is in danger of declining outcomes due to the ongoing interest and pursuit of hospitals in achieving Level II trauma center accreditation near already accredited Level I and II trauma centers.
Additionally, the current funding formula found in the EMS Act requires that 10% of funding is allocated to Level III trauma centers and caps how much funding a Level III trauma center can receive. As a result, allocated funds are frequently left undistributed.
In order to address these growing concerns, my legislation will:
Introduced as HB786