senate Bill S634A

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


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  • In Committee
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to 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:S634A REVISED MEMO 05/20/2013

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 subsequent to the results being reported to the
physician who ordered it. 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--A

                       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  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

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,
SUBSEQUENT TO WHEN THE TEST HAS BEEN REPORTED TO THE PHYSICIAN OR HEALTH
CARE PRACTITIONER WHO ORDERED SUCH TEST OR EXAMINATION, EXCEPT IN  CASES
OF  IMMEDIATE  MEDICAL JEOPARDY WHEN RESULTS MAY BE PROVIDED IMMEDIATELY
TO THE PATIENT.
  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.
                                                           LBD04275-02-3

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