The purpose of the Medical Advisory Council (MAC) is to advise and provide recommendation to the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) regarding medical or clinical standards and practices for emergency medical services.

NOTE: Content within this web page may reflect may reflect the MAC’s opinion regarding a variety of issues related to patient care. These materials are provided for informational purposes only and are not mandatory standards unless adopted by the Board in regulations.

                                                                                    1. MAC Bylaws

                                                                                    2. MAC Current Members

                                                                                    3. MAC Meeting Notes, Agendas, and Supporting Materials

                                                                                     4. MAC Position Statements

                                                                                    5. MAC Issues Statements

                                                                                    6.  Medical Director/Service Director Listing

                                                                                    7.  Physician Resource Links



1.  MAC Bylaws:

Section 1: Purpose

To advise and provide recommendation to the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) regarding medical or clinical standards and practices for emergency medical services.

Section 2: Membership

A. Membership shall be not less than six physicians, including two physicians who are Board members, and not less than four other physicians who are not members of the Board and who are active and knowledgeable in the field of emergency medical services.

B. Selection and appointment of the members will be the responsibility of the Board Chair.

C. Members shall reflect geographic and system diversity by ensuring at least the following are represented:

1) Rural services

2) Urban services

3) Critical care services

4) Fire-based services

5) Physician Board members

Section 3: Officers

A. Chair – elected from among the membership (K.S.A. 2012 Supp. 65-6111(a) (10))

B. Vice-Chair – elected from the membership.

Section 4: Terms

A. Both the Chair and Vice-Chair positions are two (2) year appointments.

B. The initial appointment for the Vice-Chair would be a one (1) year appointment to stagger the officer’s terms.

C. Other council members would be three (3) year appointments.

D. Staggered terms will be used to ensure continuity.

Section 5: Voting

A. Official business can be conducted with a majority of MAC members.

B. A consensus approach will typically be used for issues addressed by the MAC.

C. Official MAC decisions or recommendations to KBEMS require a majority vote.

D. Proxy voting is allowed with prior written notification to the MAC Chair.

Section 6: Meetings


1) Routine meetings will be conducted as part of the regularly scheduled KBEMS Board and Committee meetings OR via teleconference during the month prior to the regularly scheduled KBEMS Board and Committee meetings.

2) Special meetings may be called by the Chair as necessary (K.S.A. 65-6111 (a) (10)).

3) Meetings may be postponed or canceled as directed by the Chair.


1) Notes will be taken by the Executive Director of KBEMS or his/her designee.

2) Draft minutes will be provided to the Chair within seven (7) calendar days following the meeting.

3) Minutes will be approved at the next routine MAC meeting and will include member attendance.


1) Member attendance records will be maintained by the Executive Director of KBEMS or his/her designee.

2) Attendance issues will be addressed by the MAC Chair in conjunction with the Board Chair.

Agenda and notice to the public:

1) Reasonable notice of upcoming MAC meetings shall be provided to those who have requested notice of MAC meetings.

2) Any agenda for a MAC meeting shall be made available to any person requesting the agenda.

3) Distribution of the agenda will occur no later than seven (7) calendar days prior to the meeting.

4) Agenda items must be submitted for inclusion no later than seven (7) days prior to the distribution of the agenda (fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting).

Section 7: Amendments

A. The bylaws may be amended or revised by a majority of the MAC at a meeting designated for that purpose and become effective only upon approval by the Board.

B. Copies of the proposed amendments shall be given in writing at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.


2.  MAC Current Members

Current Members:

Dr. Ryan Jacobsen, MAC – Chair

Dr. James Longabaugh, MAC – Vice-chair

Dr. Dennis Allin

Dr. Michael Machen

Dr. John M Gallagher

Dr. Sean Herrington

Dr. Marty Sellberg

Dr. Tim Stebbins

Dr. Paige Dodson

Dr. Caleb Trent

KBEMS Physician Member


3.  MAC Meeting Notes, Agendas, and Supporting Materials

(NOTE: Agendas and Minutes for MAC meetings will be available on the “Board Meetings webpage”, Beginning in 2017.)


November 8, 2016

Proposed Bylaws

2016 Meetings notes:

January 12, 2016

May 10, 2016

March 08, 2016

May 10, 2016

July 12, 2016

2015 Meetings notes:

January 13, 2015

March 10, 2015

May 12, 2015

July 14, 2015

September 8, 2015

2014 Meetings notes:

January 07, 2014

March 11, 2014

May 13, 2014

July 08, 2014

November 11, 2014

2013 Meetings Notes:

March 12, 2013

May 14, 2013

July 16, 2013

September 10, 2013

November 12, 2013


4.  MAC Position Statements


a.       Non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) – MAC PS 2013-001

b.       Pre-hospital pain management – MAC PS2013-002

c.       Spinal motion restriction – MAC PS2013-003

d.       Rapid Sequence Intubation (RSI)/Drug-Assisted Intubation (DAI) – MAC PS 2015-001

e.       Field Triage of the Injured Patient – MAC PS 2016-001

f.       Clincal Guidance for the End-of-Life Period – MAC PS 2016-002
This Position Statement includes the MAC’s opinions on certain matters of public policy and provider liability. Such opinions are solely those of the physicians who serve on the MAC and do not represent the opinions of the Board or the State of Kansas. Nothing in this Position Statement should be construed as legal advice.


5.  MAC Issues Statements

Medical direction issues related to non-medical provider naloxone (Narcan) use

6.  Medical Director/Service Director Listing


A. List of Kansas Ambulance Services and Service Directors


B. List of Kansas Medical Advisors/Directors



7.  Physician Resource Links


a.       NAEMSP – National Association of EMS Physicians

b.      ACEP – American College of Emergency Physicians

c.       KACEP – Kansas Chapter – American College of Emergency Physicians

d.      NASEMSO – National Association of State EMS Officials

e.      KSBHA – Kansas Board of Healing Arts

f.        KMS – Kansas Medical Society