senate Bill S2157

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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  • 14 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 24 / Jan / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 06 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.552
  • 07 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 08 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A433

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:
A433
Versions:
S2157
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง2997-e, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A7788, S4796C, A7788B

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BILL NUMBER:S2157

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 commis-
sioner 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 infor-
mation 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 prac-
titioners. 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 coordi-
nated 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 informa-
tion, 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: S.4796C of 2011-12

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None. Such contact information is readily avail-
able 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2157

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. VALESKY, GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

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
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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01495-01-3

S. 2157                             2

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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