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Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Licensure Information

No person, firm, corporation, association, or government entity shall conduct, manage, operate or maintain an ambulance service in Louisiana without a valid current license from the department, except that no license shall be required for any hospital that operates a vehicle solely for the purpose of moving its own patients between parts of its own campus, provided that all of the following conditions are met:

  1. The parts of the hospital's campus are not more than ten miles apart. For the purposes of this Section, "campus" means the grounds and facilities of any licensed hospital operating under the same provider number.
  2. At the time of transport, the patient is attended by at least two individuals who are an emergency medical technician, a licensed practical or registered nurse, or a physician.
  3. The vehicle utilized by the hospital for transport contains the same equipment as is required for a licensed ambulance and successfully completes an inspection by the department to determine that it is in a safe and working order.

 No person, firm, corporation, association, or governmental entity shall conduct, manage, operate, or maintain an air ambulance service in the state without a valid current license from the department.

In addition an applicant must provide verification that the provider has complied with all applicable federal, state, and local statutes, rules, and regulations, and that the provider has obtained all necessary and applicable licenses, permits, and certifications, including certificates of need or certificates of public convenience and necessity.

Please see Emergency Medical Transportation Services  licensing standards for a complete listing of licensure requirements.

Published in the Louisiana Register   Vol. 35, No. 3   March 20, 2009, pages 466-482.