senate Bill S7773

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Direct the department of health to provide oversight of the transitioning of individuals to managed long term care operated by health maintenance organizations

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Jun 21, 2012 referred to health
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 20, 2012 ordered to third reading cal.1448
Jun 18, 2012 referred to rules

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S7773 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §4403-f, Pub Health L

S7773 - Bill Texts

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Directs the department of health to provide oversight of the transitioning of individuals to managed long term care plans operated by health maintenance organizations.

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BILL NUMBER:S7773

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the public health law, in relation to managed long
term care plans operated by health maintenance organizations

PURPOSE:
This bill directs the Department of Health to provide oversight of the
transitioning of individuals receiving or in need of nursing home care
to managed long term care.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one adds a new Public Health Law §4403-f(12) to require the
Department of Health to provide oversight in the transition of
individuals to managed long term care by ensuring: access to quality
care by requiring network transparency; accountability from providers;
low staff turnover by promoting and encouraging fair pay; and,
periodic assessments of plans and providers.

Section two provides that this act shall take effect immediately and
shall expire and be deemed related with the remainder of the section.

JUSTIFICATION:
The number of individuals that have voluntarily opted to move to
managed long term care has increased and with mandatory enrollment in
managed long term care approaching it is imperative that the
Department of Health be vigilant in ensuring individuals transition
smoothly into managed long term care. This legislation will enable
individuals to make educated choices and ensure that individuals in
managed long term care, particularly those receiving nursing home
care, continue to have access to quality care.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  7773

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 18, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to managed long  term
  care plans operated by health maintenance organizations

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 4403-f of the  public  health  law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 12 to read as follows:
  12.  IN  TRANSITIONING  INDIVIDUALS  TO  MANAGED  LONG  TERM CARE, THE
DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE OVERSIGHT OF LONG TERM MANAGED CARE  BY  ENSUR-
ING:
  (A) ACCESS TO QUALITY CARE BY REQUIRING NETWORK TRANSPARENCY AT CHOICE
AMONGST  LONG TERM CARE PLANS, ALLOWING PATIENTS TO CHOOSE THE PLAN THAT
BEST FITS THEIR NEEDS;
  (B)  TRANSPARENCY  AND  ACCOUNTABILITY  FROM  PROVIDERS,  WHICH  SHALL
INCLUDE  A  MECHANISM  BY  WHICH STAFF, RESIDENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS CAN
SAFELY AND ANONYMOUSLY REPORT CONCERNS RELATING TO QUALITY AND WASTE;
  (C) LOW STAFF TURNOVER IN NURSING HOMES BY PROMOTING  AND  ENCOURAGING
FAIR PAY; AND
  (D) PLANS AND PROVIDERS ARE ASSESSED PERIODICALLY FOR EFFICIENCY, WITH
INCENTIVES  PROVIDED  FOR  A  VARIETY  OF  INDICATORS, INCLUDING BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, SMOOTH PATIENT TRANSITIONS, HIGH STAFF RETENTION  AND  POSI-
TIVE HEALTH CARE OUTCOMES ACHIEVED AT A LOW COST.
  S  2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the amend-
ments to section 4403-f of the public health law made by section one  of
this act shall not affect the expiration and repeal of such section, and
shall expire and be deemed repealed therewith.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD16337-01-2

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