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Complaints regarding Colorado certified Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Providers, ambulance services and trauma centers can be made by submitting our complaint form and all supporting documents via email, fax or mail to:
Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Section
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Telephone: (303) 692-2980, select option 5.
The EMTS Section's Professional Standards Program manages the certification and regulation of EMS Providers and their scope of practice, EMS education centers and groups, EMS medical directors, and air ambulance services. Other related EMS activities this program is involved with include the management of the statewide EMS for Children program, radio systems coordination and prehospital data collection. Ground ambulance services are licensed by Colorado’s 64 counties.
The Trauma Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is charged with improving the state's trauma system to assure that people who are seriously injured in Colorado receive rapid and appropriate care. Our program monitors the current trauma system, establishes system standards, designates hospitals and other healthcare facilities as trauma centers, and uses trauma registry data to suggest improvements in the trauma system.
The Emergency Medical and Trauma Services (EMTS) Section is funded primarily from the Emergency Medical Services Account of the Highway User’s Tax Fund based on a $2 fee on each motor vehicle registered in the state. Approximately $6.7 million of these funds is available each year through grants and system improvement funding opportunities for organizations involved in providing emergency medical and trauma services in Colorado.
Because the EMTS Funding Program is a reimbursement program, every organization that is awarded funds is required to submit quarterly progress reports, notify the program of any changes in the scope of the current award and submit requests for reimbursement during or after services have been rendered for their award.
Annually, approximately $6.7 million in funding is available for improving and expanding Colorado’s Emergency Medical and Trauma Services (EMTS) system. Of this, $500,000 will be set aside for education grants through the Colorado Resource for Emergency and Trauma Education (CREATE) program, and $150,000 will be set aside for emergency grants. Up to 10% of the total grant funds available can be awarded as system improvement funding, approximately $670,000, and the rest is available for EMTS provider grant awards.
The Funding Program produces multiple guides to explain the application, scoring and payment processes of each fiscal year grant cycle.
The EMTS Section's Data Program manages and uses data to assess the EMS and Trauma system in Colorado. This data includes information on certified EMS Providers, EMS and Trauma entity profiles (licensed air and ground transport agencies), EMS education and training programs and EMS medical directors. The program also analyzes patient care data submitted by agencies through the usage of the ImageTrend/MatrixBridge program and the Colorado Trauma Registry from ambulance service trip reports, and trauma patients that are seen at Level I, II and II trauma centers, respectively.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Emergency Medical and Trauma Services (EMTS) Section hosts several committees and councils to address issues and concerns within the EMS and trauma communities with Colorado stakeholders and other interested parties. These stakeholder groups work with all of the sections programs.