What is a Medical Control Authority?
The Monroe County Medical Control Authority is one of 65 approved by the Michigan Department of Community Health. A Medical Control Authority (MCA) is an organization designated by the department for the purpose of supervising and coordinating an emergency medical services (EMS) system, as prescribed, adopted and enforced through department-approved protocols for a particular geographic region.
- The supervision and coordination of the EMS system;
- Adopting an organizational structure of their choice, but must have an advisory body;
- Appointing a medical director who is board certified in emergency medicine or who practices emergency medicine and is current in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS);
- Establishing written protocols for the practice of life support agencies and EMS personnel;
- Circulating draft protocols to all significantly affected persons for review and submitting to the department for approval;
- Ensuring physicians, hospital staff, and providers are educated on protocols;
- Adhering to protocols Michigan Protocols
Each MCA is required to establish written protocols as defined in Section 20919 of the Public Health Code. Protocols adopted by the MCA and approved by the department have the force and effect of law. Licensed life support agencies and individuals are accountable to the MCA in the provision of emergency medical services as defined in protocols. Each participating and non-participating hospital within a MCA region shall follow all standards, policies, procedures, and protocols established by the MCA as approved by the Department. Each MCA shall submit to the department current protocols for department review and approval. Department approval shall be on a three-year cycle as defined by the department.
Monroe County Protocols
To review the protocols for Monroe Couty, click here.
Monroe County Medical Control Authority Activities
- The MCMCA Advisory Board meets on the second Thursday of every-other-month, January through November. Sub-committees and ad hoc committees of the Advisory Board meet as needed throughout the year.
- The MCMCA extends medical oversight to local EMS providers based on approved credentialing and competency assessment processes. EMS agencies and EMS providers must be credentialed by the MCA before providing care within Monroe County.
- The MCMCA is dedicated to ensuring that high quality EMS care is provided in Monroe County. The MCMCA Professional Standards Review Organization is responsible for the MCA’s quality review and improvement initiatives.
To contact EMS at Mercy Memorial Hospital System, click here.
For more information about Emergency Medical Services in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/ems.