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|Jan 04, 2012||referred to social services|
|Jan 06, 2011||referred to social services|
senate Bill S1326
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1326 - Details
S1326 - Summary
Provides factors to be considered when a health care practitioner's opinion differs from that of referral's treating health care practitioner as to a disability; requires such health care practitioner to provide an explicit written determination and to present evidence when such practitioner's diagnosis differs from that of the treating health care practitioner who referred the patient.
S1326 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1326 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to establishing factors to be considered when a health care practitioner upon examination has a different opinion from an applicant's treating health care practitioner's opinion as to an applicant's disability; and requiring an explicit written determination by the health care practitioner when the diagnoses differ PURPOSE: To ensure that the opinions and determinations of a public assistance applicant's treating health care practitioner are given sufficient weight when making disability determinations. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 332-b of the social services law, by which provides that if a public assistance applicant is sent to a practitioner to determine if the applicant has any work limitations, the practitioner must take into account the applicant's treating health care practitioner's opinion, and give it sufficient weight based on a number of factors. EXISTING LAW:
S1326 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1326 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 6, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sens. DILAN, DIAZ, PARKER -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to establishing factors to be considered when a health care practitioner upon exam- ination has a different opinion from an applicant's treating health care practitioner's opinion as to an applicant's disability; and requiring an explicit written determination by the health care practi- tioner when the diagnoses differ THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 332-b of the social services law is amended by adding two new subdivisions 4-a and 4-b to read as follows: 4-A. IF THE PRACTITIONER TO WHOM THE INDIVIDUAL IS REFERRED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FOUR OR PARAGRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION ISSUES AN OPINION THAT DIFFERS FROM THE APPLICANT'S TREATING HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER, THE PRACTITIONER MUST PROVIDE AN EXPLICIT WRITTEN DETERMI- NATION AS TO WHY THE PRACTITIONER DISAGREES WITH THE APPLICANT'S TREAT- ING HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER'S DISABILITY DETERMINATION AND PRESENT EVIDENCE THAT SUPPORTS THE OPINION. 4-B. IN THE EVENT THE PRACTITIONER TO WHOM THE INDIVIDUAL IS REFERRED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FOUR OR PARAGRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION ISSUES AN OPINION THAT DIFFERS FROM THE APPLICANT'S TREATING HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER'S OPINION, THE APPLICANT'S TREATING HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER'S OPINION IS GENERALLY CONTROLLING, SUBJECT TO, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING FACTORS: (A) THE LENGTH AND FREQUENCY OF THE TREATMENT PROVIDED, (B) CONSISTENCY OF THE OPINION WITH THE RECORD AS A WHOLE, (C) THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE OPINION IS SUPPORTED BY CONCRETE EVIDENCE, AND (D) THE PRACTITIONER'S SPECIALTY. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
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