ENABLING LEGISLATION

Legislation was enacted in 2004 (LA RS 40:2841‐2846) to create a “comprehensive, coordinated statewide system for the access to regional trauma and time sensitive illness emergency care throughout the state.”  This legislation created the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) – prescribing the development of a volunteer state board to plan, govern, and implement the statewide system. This original LERN legislation also prescribed the development of nine Regional Commissions populated with volunteers that live and work within the region they represent.

The LERN legislation was amended in 2006 to add four additional seats to the LERN Board and adjust the Board’s quorum rules. The LERN legislation was amended a third time in 2007 to establish liability limitations for provider participation in LERN and designate LERN as a separate budget unit within the Louisiana Department of Health. Most recently, the LERN legislation was amended in 2010 to:

  • Update requirements for Louisiana hospitals to achieve the status of a Level I, Level II, or Level III trauma center – based upon national guidelines, including Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient by the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma
  • Establish a statewide trauma registry
  • Create the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Fund
  • Provide for a public records exception to support LERN’s performance management and improvement efforts
  • Expand the size of the LERN governing board
  • Initiate a process for development of LERN infrastructure to address time sensitive illness

Copies of the Current LERN law are provided here:

LERN Statute – LA RS 40:2841-2846
LERN Limitation of Liability – LA RS 9:2798 5

 

Current LERN Rules and Regulations:

LERN Rules and Regulations

 

PROPOSED RULE CHANGES 

In accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950 et. seq.), the LERN Board intends to promulgate LAC 48:I.19303, rules and regulations for LERN Destination Protocol: Stroke, amending and replacing the previous protocol set forth in LAC 48:I.19301. Click here to view the notice of intent which was published in the Louisiana Register, Vol. 43, No. 06 on June 20, 2017. Notice has been delivered to the appropriate standing committees as required.

On August 9, 2016 the LERN Board finalized LAC 48:I.Chapter 197, §197101 – 197107 : Trauma Program Recognition. The final rule was published in the Louisiana Register, Volume 42, No. 11 on November 20, 2016. Click here for a copy of the published rule.

In accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950 et. seq.), the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board hereby announces its plan to proceed with rule-making by finalizing the August 20, 2016, Notice of Intent that was promulgated on pages 1399-1401 of the Louisiana Register, Vol. 42, No. 08. Click here for a copy of the report.

LERN, in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950 et. seq.), announced its intention to proceed with rule making by finalizing the August 20, 2016, Notice of Intent that was promulgate on pages 1399 – 1401 of the Louisiana Register, Vol. 42, No. 08. Click here for a copy of the report.

In conformity with La. R.S. 49:974, LERN submitted a report announcing its intent to codify the Trauma Program Recognition protocol. Click here for a copy of the report.

In accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950 et. seq.), the LERN Board intends to promulgate LAC 48:I.Chapter 197, Sections 197101-197107, Trauma Program Recognition. Click here to view the notice of intent which is to be published June 2016. Notice has been delivered to the appropriate standing committees as required.

On May 3, 2016 the LERN Board finalized LAC 48:I.Chapter 191 §1911, Destination Protocol: Trauma. The final rule was published in the Louisiana Register, Volume 42, No. 6 on June 20, 2016. Click here for a copy of the published rule.

LERN submitted the report required by La. R.S. 49:968D(1)(b) and announced its intention to proceed with rule making by finalizing the March 20, 2016 Notice of Intent. No changes have been made to the rule. Click here for the report.

In accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950 et. seq.), the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board intends to promulgate LAC 48:I.Chapter 191, Section 19121, LERN Destination Protocol: Trauma. Click here for a copy of the Notice of Intent. The proposed rule codifies the protocol adopted by the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board on December 10, 2015.

On December 10, 2015 the LERN Board adopted and promulgated “LERN Destination Protocol: Trauma”. LERN intends to proceed with rule making. The intended rule was published in the Potpourri section of the State Register on January 20, 2016. The published rule and protocol can be found here.

In accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950 et. seq.), the LERN Board intends to promulgate LAC 48:I.Chapter 191  §1911, Destination Protocol: Trauma.

LERN submitted the report required by La. R.S. 49:968(D)(1)(b) and announced its intention to proceed with rule-making by finalizing the January 30, 2015 Notice of Intent. The submitted report can be found here.

Notice is hereby given that the LERN Board intends to codify into LAC 48:I.Chapter 191, LERN Destination Protocol: Trauma.  Click here for the Notice of Intent.

LERN submitted the report required by La. R.S. 49:968D(1)(b) and announced its intention to proceed with rule making by finalizing the February 20, 2015, Notice of Intent. Click here for the report.