|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to health|
|Jun 16, 2011||referred to rules|
senate Bill S5785
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S5785 - Details
- Current Committee:
- Law Section:
- Public Health Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add §2805-u, amd §2807-k, Pub Health L; amd §364-j, Soc Serv L
S5785 - Summary
Provides quality out-patient specialty care for patients of academic medical centers regardless of source of payment or insurance type and improving access to specialty care for medical assistance recipients.
S5785 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S5785 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law and the social services law, in relation to providing quality out-patient specialty care for patients of academic medical centers regardless of source of payment or insurance type and improving access to specialty care for medical assistance recipients PURPOSE: The purpose of the bill is to ensure that all patients receive quality medical care, regardless of source of payment or insurance type in New York's private teaching hospitals. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 2 creates a new sub-section in the public health law that prohibits general hospitals from referring, steering or otherwise directing patients to private physicians' practices, including faculty practice corporations, that are not licensed by the Department of Health, unless the general hospital does not accept the patient's insurance. This section also requires that outpatient specialty care be provided by integrated teams of medical professionals, consisting of both attending physicians and resident doctors receiving on-site supervision from faculty physicians. This section will not apply to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
S5785 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 5785 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E June 16, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. RIVERA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the public health law and the social services law, in relation to providing quality out-patient specialty care for patients of academic medical centers regardless of source of payment or insur- ance type and improving access to specialty care for medical assist- ance recipients THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that: a. Private academic medical centers operate a two-tiered system of out-patient specialty care in which patients are sorted into the medical centers' faculty practices or clinics depending upon their source of payment or insurance status. Within this two-tiered system of out-pa- tient specialty care, privately insured patients are treated at faculty practices while Medicaid and uninsured patients are treated at the hospital-based clinics, even if both types of patients are seeking care for the same problem. b. Once separated into different systems of care, the Medicaid and uninsured patients are not given access to the same services as private- ly insured patients. For example, privately insured patients are able to see highly experienced faculty physicians to whom they have twenty-four hour access, resulting in continuity of care and good care coordination. Medicaid or uninsured patients, by contrast, only have access to rotat- ing student doctors, who are less able to provide the continuity of care or care coordination that is so critical for patients who suffer from chronic or serious medical conditions. Furthermore, these student doctors often lack adequate supervision from attending physicians, who are not required by the academic medical centers to spend sufficient time supervising residents and caring for patients in the clinics. In cases of emergency, Medicaid and uninsured patients only have access to EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13158-01-1
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