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  • Summary date: Apr 25 2023 - View Summary

    Appropriates $5 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation, Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) for fiscal year 2023-24 and appropriates $5 million in recurring funds for fiscal year 2024-25 for OEMS designated trauma centers, based upon trauma patient statistics.

    Directs that trauma centers can use funds only to offset costs for (1) managing the NC trauma registry; (2) conducting quality improvement program activities; (3) conducting outreach activities; (4) conducting injury prevention activities; (5) conducting program development activities; (6) conducting research activities; (7) conducting accreditation and verification support activities; and (8) providing professional development and educational opportunities for trauma center staff. 

    Specifies that trauma centers cannot use funds to offset patient costs. For each fiscal year in 2023-2025, allows the OEMS to use up to 5% of allocated funds for administration, including preparation of the report that is due by December 1, 2024, and annually thereafter. Specifies that the annual report will provide information about the use of funds and expenditures and be presented to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services and the Fiscal Research Division. 

    Effective July 1, 2023.