(a)  Any of any facility providing emergency services shall establish and maintain policies requiring appropriate medical screening, treatment and transfer services for any individual who presents to the facility emergency department and on whose behalf treatment is requested regardless of that person's ability to pay for medical services and without delay to inquire about the individual's method of payment.

(b)  Any facility providing emergency services under this Section shall install, operate and maintain, on a 24-hour per day basis, an emergency two-way radio licensed by the Federal Communications Commission in the Public Safety Radio Service capable of establishing voice radio communication with ambulance units transporting patients to said facility or having any written procedure or agreement for handling emergency services with the local ambulance service, rescue squad or other trained medical personnel.

(c)  All communication equipment shall be in compliance with current rules established by North Carolina Rules for Basic Life Support/Ambulance Service (10 NCAC 3D .1100) adopted by reference with all subsequent amendments.  Referenced rules are available at no charge from the Office of Emergency Medical Services, 2707 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-2707.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E-79;

Eff. January 1, 1996.