Ambulance Patient Offload Time

APOT Time Discussions Continue in Sacramento Area

Who What At a public meeting on Feb. 8, the Sacramento County health officer committed the county to not pursuing financial penalties on hospitals for missing ambulance patient offload time (APOT) targets. This is to ensure a collaborative approach to APOT improvement.   The county hosted an APOT summit on Feb. 13 designed to unite hospital […]

Contra Costa Fire Protection District to Implement New APOT Policy in March  

Who What The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and its ambulance subcontractor, AMR, plan to implement a new ambulance patient offload time (APOT) policy in March. Under the new policy, ambulance personnel who have been waiting for 60 minutes to transfer patients in need of hospital emergency department (ED) services may “immediately mov[e] the […]

Contra Costa County Meeting Discusses Ambulance Patient Offload Times  

Who What Hospital Council convened hospital leaders, Contra Costa EMS, and Contra Costa County Fire Protection District for our quarterly meeting on ambulance patient offload times (APOT).     Sutter Delta Medical Center and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center shared recent operational changes they made to achieve a reduction in their APOT by 30 minutes, for […]

Sacramento County Board Hearing Discusses Ambulance Patient Offload Times

Who What On Nov. 7, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors held a 90-minute informational hearing on ambulance patient offload times (APOT) and EMS innovation. The hearing revealed that the Sacramento area has some of the highest average offload times statewide, but APOT is improving. Attendees included other fire chiefs, Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 […]

Meetings Resume to Discuss Contra Costa County Ambulance Patient Offload Times

Who Contra Costa County hospitals Contra Costa County Emergency Medical Services Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Hospital Council What Hospital Council has resumed regular meetings with Contra Costa County hospitals, County Emergency Medical Services, and the County Fire Protection District regarding ambulance patient offload times (APOT). At the first meeting since the pandemic, hospital […]

New APOT Materials Available for Hospitals

As CHA and Hospital Council continue to work on hospitals’ behalf to help educate about ambulance patient offload times (APOT), we have developed materials that members can use when talking with the public, media, lawmakers, or other key stakeholders about this issue.

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Update on New APOT Policy from Falck Ambulance in Alameda County

Who Alameda County hospitals Falck Ambulance Hospital Council What On March 1, Falck Ambulance (Alameda County’s 911 provider) implemented a new ambulance patient offload time (APOT) policy for a 60-day trial period. In response to concerns raised by Hospital Council, the policy was revised to drop the provision to bill hospitals for offloads that exceed […]