senate Bill S2944A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the registration of office-based surgery facilities and payments for the use thereof

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
Jun 12, 2013 print number 2944a
amend (t) and recommit to health
Jan 25, 2013 referred to health

S2944 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7944
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§4900, 4901 & 4906, Ins L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A7944
2011-2012: S4597B

S2944 - Summary

Relates to the registration of office-based surgery facilities and payments for the use thereof.

S2944 - Sponsor Memo

S2944 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  2944

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 25, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  HANNON -- 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  registration  of
  office-based surgery facilities and payments for the use thereof

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 230-d of the public health law  is
amended by adding two new paragraphs (j) and (k) to read as follows:
  (J)  "LICENSEE  PRACTICE" SHALL MEAN AN OFFICE-BASED SURGERY FACILITY,
WHICH HAS ACCREDITED STATUS. SUCH  A  FACILITY  MAY  OPERATE  UNDER  THE
LICENSE OF THE LICENSEE.
  (K)  "HEALTH  PLAN"  SHALL  MEAN  AN  INSURER LICENSED PURSUANT TO THE
INSURANCE LAW TO WRITE ACCIDENT AND HEALTH INSURANCE,  OR  A  NON-PROFIT
MEDICAL AND DENTAL INDEMNITY, OR HEALTH AND HOSPITAL SERVICE CORPORATION
LICENSED  PURSUANT  TO  ARTICLE  FORTY-THREE  OF THE INSURANCE LAW, OR A
HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION CERTIFIED PURSUANT TO ARTICLE FORTY-FOUR
OF THIS CHAPTER.
  S 2. Section 230-d of the public health law is amended by  adding  two
new subdivisions 3-a and 6 to read as follows:
  3-A.   (A) EVERY FACILITY OPERATED AS AN OFFICE-BASED SURGERY PRACTICE
OR SETTING SHALL, NOT LATER THAN JANUARY FIRST, TWO  THOUSAND  FOURTEEN,
IN  ADDITION TO OBTAINING AND MAINTAINING FULL ACCREDITED STATUS, HOLD A
CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION ISSUED BY THE ACCREDITING AGENCY, IN CONSUL-
TATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT. THE ACCREDITING AGENCY SHALL ISSUE A CERTIF-
ICATE TO AN APPLICANT LICENSEE PRACTICE WHICH:
  (I) FILES AN APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION IN SUCH FORM AND HAVING SUCH
CONTENT AS SHALL BE DETERMINED BY THE ACCREDITING AGENCY,  IN  CONSULTA-
TION WITH THE DEPARTMENT;
  (II)  HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED AN ON-SITE INSPECTION OF THE FACILITY
CONDUCTED BY A NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED ACCREDITING AGENCY AS DESIGNATED BY
THE COMMISSIONER;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02577-01-3

S2944A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7944
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§4900, 4901 & 4906, Ins L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A7944
2011-2012: S4597B

S2944A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the registration of office-based surgery facilities and payments for the use thereof.

S2944A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2944A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 2944--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 25, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Health  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  insurance  law,  in relation to registration of
  office-based surgery facilities and payments for the use thereof

  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 New
York state is home to  approximately  1,000  accredited  physician-owned
ambulatory surgery facilities, referred to as Office-Based Surgery (OBS)
practices,  currently providing patient access to virtually all types of
covered outpatient surgical  procedures  safely  and  at  a  lower  cost
compared  to  other  settings,  including traditional ambulatory surgery
centers and hospitals.
  The legislature further finds that  advances  in  medicine,  including
surgical  techniques,  equipment  and  improvements in anesthesia enable
procedures to be performed safely, conveniently and at a much lower cost
in an office-based setting. In fact, conservative estimates show  physi-
cian-owned  ambulatory  surgery  facilities  can achieve cost savings of
30%-40% as compared with other settings. The enviable safety  record  of
the accredited OBS industry is also well established.
  The  legislature also finds that like many states, New York is experi-
encing a growing physician  shortage.  The  problem  is  compounded  for
accredited  office-based  surgery facilities and the patients they treat
by the recent refusal on the part of many third party  payers  to  reim-
burse facility costs for covered procedures. These expenses are substan-
tial  and include capital costs, equipment usage, supplies and overhead.
The motives behind these denials are inexplicable given that this  venue
represents  the  lowest-cost provider. In fact, it was not long ago that
insurers were consistently reimbursing OBS practices for their  facility

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02577-02-3

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