senate Bill S4796C

Requires the commissioner of health to create a list of long-term care contact information for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program

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  • 25 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 03 / May / 2011
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 03 / May / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 4796A
  • 17 / May / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.752
  • 18 / May / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 23 / May / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 4796B
  • 24 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 05 / Mar / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 05 / Mar / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 4796C
  • 15 / May / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Requires the commissioner of health to create a list of information by means of which to contact the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7788B
Versions:
S4796
S4796A
S4796B
S4796C
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง2997-e, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A7788

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BILL NUMBER:S4796C

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law,
in relation to requiring the commissioner of health to
create a list of
long-term care contact information
for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would require the commissioner of health to compile a list
of contact information for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term
Care program, local area agencies on aging, local departments of
social services, and local departments of health and would require
health care providers and practitioners to provide a patient who may
be in need of long term care with such information based on the
patient's county of residence.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 adds a new section, 2997-e, to the public health law, which
would require the commissioner of health to create a list of contact
information for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program,
local area agencies on aging, local departments of social services,
and local departments of health to be organized by county, provided
that for New York city, such contact information for local agencies
may be the government information and non-emergency services citizen
service center. This section also requires the commissioner to update
the list periodically and to provide such list to health care
providers and practitioners. Whenever a health care provider or
practitioner recommends long term care for a patient, such provider
or practitioner must provide the contact information to the patient
based on the patient's county of residence or prospective county of
residence.

Section 2 sets the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Implemented in 2009, the NY Connects program provides locally
accessible, consumer centered access points to seniors seeking
information about long term care options. Seniors are provided with
linkages to services and are able to make informed decisions about
their long term care needs, as well as streamline access to long term
care services and supports. NY Connects is part of the national
movement to redesign long term care, which has proven to provide
excellent outcomes in a cost effective manner. NY Connects enhances
the delivery of quality medical and non-medical long-term care
services through a single coordinated system of long-term care
information and assistance that minimizes confusion, supports
informed decision-making and enhances consumer
choice. This program ultimately improves the quality of life for

seniors who take advantage of the program by offering early
intervention and prevention and promoting the most integrated long
term care setting, based on the unique needs of the consumer. NY
Connects also helps seniors identify suitable levels of care and
types of services to prevent or delay the need for costly
institutional care.

By requiring the commissioner to create a list of contact information
for the NY Connects program and other resources relating to long-term
care and subsequently requiring health care providers and
practitioners to give patients in need of long term care services
with this information, this bill encourages the use of such programs
and subsequently assists seniors in acquiring long term care in an
efficient and cost effective manner.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None. Such contact information is readily available and the bill
allows the commissioner and providers/practitioners to disseminate
such information in any form.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have
become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4796--C

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 25, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  VALESKY,  KLEIN, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Health
  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
  and recommitted to said committee  --  reported  favorably  from  said
  committee,  ordered  to  first  and  second report, ordered to a third
  reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining  its  place  in  the
  order  of  third  reading -- recommitted to the Committee on Health in
  accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

AN ACT to amend the public health law,  in  relation  to  requiring  the
  commissioner  of  health  to  create  a list of long-term care contact
  information for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.   The public health law is amended by adding a new section
2997-e to read as follows:
  S 2997-E. PROVISION OF CONTACT INFORMATION RELATING TO LONG TERM CARE.
1. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE STATE OFFICE FOR  THE
AGING,  CREATE A LIST OF INFORMATION BY MEANS OF WHICH TO CONTACT THE NY
CONNECTS: CHOICES FOR LONG TERM CARE  PROGRAM  ESTABLISHED  PURSUANT  TO
SUBDIVISION  EIGHT  OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED THREE OF THE ELDER LAW, LOCAL
AREA AGENCIES ON AGING, LOCAL DEPARTMENTS OF SOCIAL SERVICES, AND  LOCAL
DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH TO BE ORGANIZED BY COUNTY, PROVIDED THAT IN A CITY
WITH  A  POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, SUCH CONTACT INFORMATION FOR
LOCAL AGENCIES MAY  BE  THE  GOVERNMENT  INFORMATION  AND  NON-EMERGENCY
SERVICES CITIZEN SERVICE CENTER IN SUCH CITY. THIS LIST SHALL BE UPDATED
PERIODICALLY  AS  NEEDED.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL PROVIDE SUCH LIST TO
HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS CERTIFIED OR LICENSED UNDER THIS CHAPTER  AND,
IN  CONJUNCTION  WITH  THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, TO ALL HEALTH CARE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10910-11-2

S. 4796--C                          2

PROVIDERS AND HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS  LICENSED  UNDER  THE  EDUCATION
LAW.
  2. WHENEVER A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR PRACTITIONER MAKES A RECOMMENDA-
TION  REGARDING  THE  NECESSITY OF LONG TERM CARE SERVICES OR A REFERRAL
FOR THE RECEIPT OF LONG TERM CARE SERVICES TO A PATIENT, THE PATIENT  OR
PATIENT'S DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE SHALL BE PROVIDED BY THE HEALTH CARE
PROVIDER  OR  PRACTITIONER THE CONTACT INFORMATION FROM THE LIST CREATED
PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS  SECTION  THAT  CORRESPONDS  TO  THE
PATIENT'S  COUNTY  OF RESIDENCE OR PROSPECTIVE COUNTY OF RESIDENCE BASED
ON THE PREFERENCE OF THE PATIENT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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