EMS Physician Commission

The Idaho EMS Physician Commission (EMSPC) is responsible for establishing the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) clinical standards, the EMS scope of practice, medical protocols, personnel responsibilities and duties, medical supervision of licensed EMS personnel, air medical services, ambulance services, and non-transport services that are licensed by the state of Idaho.

In April 2006, House Bill 858 was signed into law creating the Emergency Medical Services Physician Commission to regulate the scope of practice for Idaho-licensed EMS personnel and to develop requirements for EMS medical directors that provide services to local EMS agencies statewide. This law also designated the EMSPC as an independent rule-making authority. The EMSPC has a dedicated budget, and it receives administrative support from the Bureau of EMS and Preparedness in the Division of Public Health. The law went into effect on July 1, 2006.

In August 2006, the EMSPC held its first meeting with the representatives from nine EMS stakeholder organizations and two citizen representatives.

EMSPC’s vision is to facilitate an optimal EMS system in Idaho, guided by evidence-based scopes of practice, dynamic medical direction, and judicious conflict resolution.

The EMSPC includes representatives from the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma
  • Idaho Association of Counties
  • Idaho Bureau of EMS and Preparedness
  • Idaho Fire Chief's Association
  • Idaho Hospital Association
  • Idaho Medical Association
  • Idaho State Board of Medicine
  • Two citizen representatives

EMS Physician Commission’s official meetings are open to the public (except when in closed session), and anyone who practices, serves with, or has interest in EMS in Idaho is encouraged to attend. 

NOTE: The EMSPC has an Idaho EMSPC Protocols mobile app that can be downloaded for Android phones for free from the Play Store.

iPhone users: Go to settings, then go to iTunes & App Store in the settings menu and scroll down until you see "Offload Unused Apps" and disable by turning off. Then install or reinstall from this link provided by the developer:

Upcoming meetings
EMS Physician Commission Meetingupcoming......

LOCATION: Virtual Only
DATE: February 9, 2023
TIME: 9:00am – 10:30am MST

Join from the meeting link
To Join via phone please call: +1-415-527-5035
Meeting number (access code): 2762 418 1912 password: b7MiQ5cgKm7 (27647524
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Physician Order for Scope of Treatment (POST)

On July 1, 2007, Idaho's Governor signed into law a revision to the Medical Consent and Natural Death Act (Idaho Code §§ 39-4501 et seq.). This change created a standardization form that allows all Idaho citizens over age 18 to express their wishes regarding medical treatment. This form is called the Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST). It replaces the former Idaho Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and Comfort One programs.

The Medical Consent and Natural Death Act was revised in 2012 to allow physician assistants and advanced practice professional nurses to sign the POST form in addition to physicians. Patients must obtain the form from their healthcare provider.

POST instructions
POST English version sample
POST Bilingual version sample
POST protocol
POST jewelry
Frequently-asked questions by patient
Frequently-asked questions by healthcare providers and EMS Personnel
Please review Idaho Code

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