senate Bill S2143

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides for notification to hospital patients upon intake of reports of hospital-acquired infections

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
Jan 11, 2013 referred to health

S2143 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4960
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง2819, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S5283, A2052
2009-2010: S496, A2987

S2143 - Bill Texts

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Provides for notification to hospital patients upon intake of reports of hospital-acquired infections.

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BILL NUMBER:S2143

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
notifying hospital patients upon intake of reports of
hospital-acquired infections

PURPOSE: Provides for notification to hospital patients upon intake
of reports of hospital-acquired infections.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends section 2819 of the public health law by adding a
new subdivision 6-a to mandate that no later than one hundred eighty
days after the issuance of the reports required pursuant to
subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (c) of subdivision five of this
section, each general hospital shall be required to notify patients as
a component of prebooking, intake and registration of the
hospital-acquired infections, that would be required to be reported to
the department pursuant to this section, that occurred in the hospital
for the prior thirty day period. such notification shall be updated on
a daily basis and shall be accomplished through the conspicuous
posting of signs, which are easily understandable by the general
public.

Section two requires that this act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: While great strides have been made toward ensuring the
safety of patients in New York State, further steps must be taken to
guarantee that patients treated in hospitals are protected. By
requiring the notification to patients upon intake of reports of
hospital-acquired infections, and updating notifications daily, it
increases the standards for improved public protection. A Public
Health Report released in April of 2007 found that there is an
estimated 4.5 hospital infections for every 100 patient admissions and
nearly 100,000 deaths from hospital infection. It has been found that
hospital-acquired infections remain highly prevalent because health
care facilities have not taken a proactive approach to the issue.
According to American Journal of Infection Control, treating
hospital-acquired infections can cost as much as $4.2 billion
annually, which is an amount far greater than the long-term cost of
prevention strategies.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: S.5283 - Referred to Health/A.2052 - Referred to Health 2011:
S.5283 - Referred to Health/A.2052 - Referred to Health 2010: S.496 -
Referred to Health/A.2987 - Referred to Health 2009: S.496 - Referred
to Health/A.2987 - Referred to Health 2009: S.6187 - Referred to
Health/A.10376 - Referred to Health 2007: S.6187 - Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  2143

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 11, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- 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 notifying hospital
  patients upon intake of reports of hospital-acquired infections

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

  Section  1. Section 2819 of the public health law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 6-a to read as follows:
  6-A. NO LATER THAN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS AFTER THE ISSUANCE  OF  THE
REPORTS  REQUIRED  PURSUANT  TO  SUBPARAGRAPH  (III) OF PARAGRAPH (C) OF
SUBDIVISION FIVE  OF  THIS  SECTION,  EACH  GENERAL  HOSPITAL  SHALL  BE
REQUIRED  TO  NOTIFY  PATIENTS  AS A COMPONENT OF PREBOOKING, INTAKE AND
REGISTRATION OF THE HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS, THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED
TO BE REPORTED TO THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, THAT OCCURRED
IN THE HOSPITAL FOR THE PRIOR THIRTY DAY PERIOD. SUCH NOTIFICATION SHALL
BE UPDATED ON A DAILY  BASIS  AND  SHALL  BE  ACCOMPLISHED  THROUGH  THE
CONSPICUOUS  POSTING  OF  SIGNS,  WHICH ARE EASILY UNDERSTANDABLE BY THE
GENERAL PUBLIC, AND SHALL INCLUDE DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION. TO THE DEGREE PRACTICABLE, THE FORMAT OF SUCH  SIGNS  SHALL
BE CONSISTENT WITH THE FORMAT OF THE SUMMARY TABLE REQUIRED TO BE DEVEL-
OPED  PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVISION  SIX  OF  THIS SECTION. UPON REQUEST THE
HOSPITAL SHALL PROVIDE A PATIENT WITH AN INDIVIDUAL COPY OF THE INFORMA-
TION CONTAINED ON SUCH SIGN. THE  DEPARTMENT  THROUGH  REGULATION  SHALL
ESTABLISH PENALTIES APPLICABLE TO THE FIRST AND SUBSEQUENT VIOLATIONS OF
THE REQUIREMENT IMPOSED BY THIS SUBDIVISION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05508-01-3

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