senate Bill S2219

Amended

Establishes a demonstration program of physician assistant training in underserved areas by students of foreign institutions

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 14 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 07 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.580
  • 08 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 2219A
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Establishes a demonstration program of physician assistant training in underserved areas by students of foreign institutions.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7562
Versions:
S2219
S2219A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง6545-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7609, A10679, S7609

Votes

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aye with reservations
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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2219 REVISED MEMO 05/14/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
establishing a demonstration program of physician assistant training
in underserved areas by students of foreign institutions, and
providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE:

To increase access to physician assistant services in underserved
areas by establishing a program that would permit foreign medical
school students, having completed a clinical training program in an
underserved area, to register with the State Education Department.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section. 1 Creates a physician assistant training demonstration
program by amending the Education Law to require the Commissioner of
Education to approve programs offered by foreign medical schools. The
program would be required to include supervised clinical training in
an underserved area and classroom work that is equivalent to that
required by Section 6541 of the Education Law for students enrolled in
approved domestic programs. Section 1 also sets forth the purpose of
the act.

Section 2. Directs the Commissioner of Education to establish a
process by which foreign medical school physician assistant program
classroom work and clinical training may be approved.

Section 3. Directs the Commissioner of Education to approve a
physician assistant graduate mart for those persons completing
approved programs described in Section 1.

Section 4. Limits the number of registration applications acceptable
pursuant to the program established by this legislation to 250 in any
twelve month period.

Section 5, Establishes that the act shall take effect immediately and
expire in five years.

JUSTIFICATION:

It is essential to have a constant supply of medical professionals to
provide quality health care, Unfortunately, fewer medical school
students are choosing to become general practitioners just as many
general practitioners are leaving the profession at an alarming rate.
Indeed, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has
reported that over 25% of physicians are 60 years of age or older and
projected that the United States will experience a shortage of over
130,000 full time equivalent physicians by 2025. Furthermore, a study
by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), the finding
of which were released in its 2011 Physician Advocacy Survey, found
that 109 state hospitals report a shortage of a total of 763 doctors,
This growing shortage of medical professionals is occurring just as
the estimated 78 million baby boomers begin to reach the age of 65.


Physician assistants practice medicine under the direction of
physicians and surgeons and are formally trained to examine patients,
diagnose injuries and illnesses and provide treatment. These
professionals often provide primary care services that are suitable to
the alternative of general practice medical doctor services.

This bill would ease the burden on our State's medical professionals
by increasing the supply of primary care services by allowing foreign
medical school physician assistant students to perform clinical
training in underserved communities. Currently, the State Education
Department does not register graduates of foreign medical school
physician assistant programs. This legislation would establish a
foreign student registration system with standards equivalent to those
used to review students that complete domestic programs and then seek
to register in the State.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2012 S.7609

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                  2219

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a  demon-
  stration  program of physician assistant training in underserved areas
  by students of foreign institutions, and providing for the  repeal  of
  such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6545-a
to read as follows:
  S 6545-A. DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM OF  PHYSICIAN  ASSISTANT  TRAINING  IN
UNDERSERVED  AREAS  BY  STUDENTS OF FOREIGN INSTITUTIONS. 1. THE COMMIS-
SIONER SHALL CLASSIFY AS AN APPROVED PROGRAM FOR THE TRAINING OF  PHYSI-
CIAN  ASSISTANTS A PROGRAM THAT INCLUDES SUPERVISED CLINICAL TRAINING IN
AN UNDERSERVED AREA, AS DEFINED  IN  SUBDIVISION  SIX  OF  SECTION  NINE
HUNDRED ONE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, AND CLASSROOM WORK PERFORMED AT AN
INSTITUTION  LOCATED  OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES THAT HAS BEEN ACCRED-
ITED IN A MANNER ACCEPTABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT, PROVIDED THAT SUCH  CLIN-
ICAL  TRAINING  AND CLASSROOM WORK SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF PARAGRAPH
(E) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED FORTY-ONE  OF  THIS
CHAPTER.
  2.  THE  PURPOSE  OF APPROVING PROGRAMS PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION IS TO
INCREASE ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE IN UNDERSERVED AREAS.
  S 2. The commissioner of education shall, within 180  days  after  the
effective  date  of  this  act, establish a process by which a classroom
work and clinical training program offered by  any  institution  located
outside  of  the  United  States  for  the purpose of training physician
assistants pursuant to section 6541 of the education law may be approved
for such purpose.
  S 3. The commissioner of education shall, within 180  days  after  the
effective date of this act, approve of an examination required of appli-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06206-01-3

S. 2219                             2

cants  for  registration as a physician assistant, as defined by section
6540 of the education law, who have completed the  approved  program  as
described  in  section  one  of this act, provided that such examination
shall  adequately assess entry level skills for the profession of physi-
cian assistant as determined by the department.
  S 4. The commissioner of education during any twelve month period  may
approve for registration as a physician assistant, as defined by section
6540  of  the  education  law, up to two hundred fifty persons that have
completed an approved program as described in section one  of  this  act
and  have satisfied all other requirements of subdivision one of section
6541 of the education law.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
deemed repealed five years after such date.

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