senate Bill S634

Amended

Relates to directing clinical laboratories to provide results of tests directly to the person on whom the test was performed

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 634A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH

Summary

Directs clinical laboratories to provide results of tests directly to the person on whom the test was performed.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S634
S634A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง576-d, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3607
2009-2010: S2896

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S634

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law, in relation to directing clinical
laboratories to provide results of tests directly to the person on whom
the test was performed

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The public health law is amended by adding a new section 576-d.

JUSTIFICATION:
Presently, in New York state, the patient must request a copy of a lab
report from a physician. This can take a great deal of time and is
sometimes difficult. This bill would provide for the release of test
results to the patient as well as to the doctor who ordered it.
Copies of the test results would be sent to both the doctor and the
patient. This would allow the patient to be an informed participant
in his/her own medical care and if the patient were to change doctors
or seek additional opinions regarding care, test results would be
readily accessible.

This practice is in effect in New Jersey.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009/2010: S.2896 - Referred to Health Committee
2011/2012: S.3607 - Referred to Health Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                   634

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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 directing clinical
  laboratories to provide results of tests directly  to  the  person  on
  whom the test was performed

  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
576-d to read as follows:
  S 576-D. RELEASE OF TEST RESULTS TO PATIENTS. 1. A CLINICAL LABORATORY
SHALL,  UPON  REQUEST,  REPORT  THE  RESULTS OF ANY TEST, EXAMINATION OR
ANALYSIS OF A SPECIMEN  SUBMITTED  FOR  EVIDENCE  OF  HUMAN  DISEASE  OR
MEDICAL CONDITION DIRECTLY TO THE PERSON ON WHOM THE TEST WAS PERFORMED,
IN ADDITION TO THE PHYSICIAN WHO ORDERED SUCH TEST OR EXAMINATION.
  2.  NOTHING  IN  THIS SECTION SHALL AUTHORIZE A CLINICAL LABORATORY TO
ENGAGE IN THE PRACTICE OF ANY HEALTH CARE PROFESSION UNDER  TITLE  EIGHT
OF  THE  EDUCATION LAW. THE REPORT ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL
CONTAIN A CLEAR STATEMENT, PRESENTED  IN  A  PROMINENT  MANNER,  TO  THE
EFFECT THAT THE REPORT SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED AS MEDICAL ADVICE AND IS NOT
MEANT  TO  REPLACE DIRECT COMMUNICATION WITH A PHYSICIAN OR OTHER HEALTH
CARE PRACTITIONER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04275-01-3

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