senate Bill S182

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires hospitals to notify patients of a non-participating physician or health care provider providing treatment at a participating hospital

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Jan 05, 2011 referred to health

S182 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2805-u, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S2539

S182 - Bill Texts

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Requires hospitals to notify patients of a non-participating physician or health care provider providing treatment at a participating hospital.

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BILL NUMBER:S182

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law, in relation to patient notification of
services provided by non-participating providers at a participating
hospital

PURPOSE:
Requires hospitals to notify patients of a non-participating physician
or health care provider providing treatment at a participating
hospital.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the public health law by adding § 2805-s.
Section 2 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
The difficulties patients encounter when seeking treatment for a
serious ailment or disease can be trying. In addition to dealing with
the trauma and anxiety of their condition, patients and their
families are also troubled with understanding a complex health care
system. When choosing a doctor and a treatment path, discovering what
your insurance covers and what it does not cover can bring added
stress. Many patients try hard to abide by the rules of their
insurance provider by going to great lengths to select hospitals
which accept their insurance. However sometimes, specialists do not
accept a patients insurance, even though they practice within a
hospital that does. This bill requires hospitals to notify patients
if the physician providing them treatment does not accept their
insurance. This will help alleviate undue financial hardship, which
is incurred when a bill is received only after treatment has been
administered. This will help patients make more informed decisions
regarding which specialists they see for treatment.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.2539 of 2009-2010; Referred to Health

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the sixtieth 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                   182

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- 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 patient  notifica-
  tion  of services provided by non-participating providers at a partic-
  ipating hospital

  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
2805-u to read as follows:
  S 2805-U. NOTIFICATION OF NON-PARTICIPATING PROVIDERS PROVIDING TREAT-
MENT AT A PARTICIPATING HOSPITAL. EVERY HOSPITAL SHALL  BE  REQUIRED  TO
NOTIFY A PATIENT ADMITTED TO SUCH HOSPITAL IF A PHYSICIAN OR HEALTH CARE
PROVIDER  PROVIDING  TREATMENT  TO  SUCH  PATIENT IS NOT A PARTICIPATING
PROVIDER IN THE NETWORK OF ANY INSURER WHOSE PLANS OR POLICIES OF INSUR-
ANCE ARE ACCEPTED BY SUCH HOSPITAL. THE NOTIFICATION  REQUIRED  BY  THIS
SECTION  SHALL BE PRIOR TO SUCH PHYSICIAN OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TREAT-
ING THE PATIENT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01886-01-1

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