senate Bill S328A

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides all blind and visually impaired patients with a large print version or an audio recording of the discharge plan and preadmission information, where provided

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 22, 2014 signed chap.92
Jul 11, 2014 delivered to governor
May 21, 2014 returned to assembly
passed senate
May 20, 2014 3rd reading cal.556
substituted for s328a
May 20, 2014 substituted by a746a
May 12, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 07, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 06, 2014 1st report cal.556
Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
Jun 21, 2013 committed to rules
Jun 10, 2013 advanced to third reading
Jun 05, 2013 2nd report cal.
Jun 04, 2013 1st report cal.985
May 21, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Feb 21, 2013 print number 328a
amend (t) and recommit to health
Jan 09, 2013 referred to health

Votes

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May 6, 2014 - Health committee Vote

S328A
15
0
committee
15
Aye
0
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 4, 2013 - Finance committee Vote

S328A
34
0
committee
34
Aye
0
Nay
3
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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May 21, 2013 - Health committee Vote

S328A
17
0
committee
17
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Bill Amendments

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S328 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A746A
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §2803-i, add §2803-t, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A746, S4325, A1469A, S328
2009-2010: A8591, A6671B, S7553A

S328 - Bill Texts

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Requires a large-print version, or at the patient's request an audio recording of the discharge plan and preadmission information to be provided to all blind and visually impaired patients according to the preference of such patient or such patient's representative.

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BILL NUMBER:S328

TITLE OF BILL: REVISED 12/10/12

An act
to amend the public health law, in relation to providing all blind and
visually impaired patients with an audio recording
of the discharge plan and preadmission information

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The purpose of the bill is to direct hospitals to provide all blind
and visually impaired patients with an audio recording of their
discharge plan and preadmission information in an effort to allow
access to this sensitive healthcare information while protecting
patients' right to privacy on such matters.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new subdivision 9 to section 2803-i of the public
health law that directs hospitals to provide all blind and visually
impaired patients with an audio recording of their discharge plan and
preadmission information.

Section 2 sets an effective date of ninety days following enactment of
the law.

JUSTIFICATION:

It is often difficult for patients to remember the extensive
instructions given to them by their doctors upon preadmission to and
discharge from hospital. Blind or visually impaired patients might
also have trouble writing down instructions, which would compound the
difficulty of remembering them. In addition, privacy to sensitive
private health information contained in these types of documents is
lost under current practices when hospital employees read this
information aloud to patients.

This bill requires hospitals to provide blind and visually impaired
patients with an audio recording of their preadmission information
and discharge plan so they will have access to their doctors'
instructions once they leave the hospital. This bill is necessary to
ensure that such patients are able to access and follow the
instructions given by their doctors and to protect their privacy of
this sensitive information.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.4325/A.1469A (Rosenthal)
2009-10: S.8170 (Peralta)/A.6671B (Rosenthal)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:


This act shall take effect on the ninetieth 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                   328

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. AVELLA, ADDABBO, GRISANTI -- 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  providing  all
  blind  and  visually  impaired patients with an audio recording of the
  discharge plan and preadmission information

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 9 of section 2803-i of the public health law is
renumbered  subdivision  10  and a new subdivision 9 is added to read as
follows:
  9. UPON DISCHARGE OF A BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PATIENT, A  HOSPITAL
SHALL  OFFER TO PROVIDE THE PATIENT'S DISCHARGE PLAN AS AN AUDIO RECORD-
ING, TO BE MADE AVAILABLE ACCORDING TO THE PREFERENCE OF SUCH PATIENT OR
SUCH PATIENT'S REPRESENTATIVE ON COMPACT DISC OR  OTHER  MEDIUM  AS  THE
HOSPITAL MAY OFFER, OR AS AN ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED DIGITAL FILE, IN
ADDITION TO A WRITTEN COPY OF THE DISCHARGE PLAN.
  S  2.  The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2803-t
to read as follows:
  S 2803-T. PREADMISSION INFORMATION. ANY HOSPITAL THAT PROVIDES  PREAD-
MISSION  INFORMATION  TO  A  PATIENT,  SHALL  OFFER  A BLIND OR VISUALLY
IMPAIRED PATIENT SUCH INFORMATION AS AN  AUDIO  RECORDING,  TO  BE  MADE
AVAILABLE  ACCORDING TO THE PREFERENCE OF SUCH PATIENT OR SUCH PATIENT'S
REPRESENTATIVE ON COMPACT DISC OR  OTHER  MEDIUM  AS  THE  HOSPITAL  MAY
OFFER,  OR AS AN ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED DIGITAL FILE, IN ADDITION TO
A WRITTEN COPY OF ANY PREADMISSION INFORMATION.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02139-01-3

Co-Sponsors

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S328A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A746A
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §2803-i, add §2803-t, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A746, S4325, A1469A, S328
2009-2010: A8591, A6671B, S7553A

S328A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Requires a large-print version, or at the patient's request an audio recording of the discharge plan and preadmission information to be provided to all blind and visually impaired patients according to the preference of such patient or such patient's representative.

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BILL NUMBER:S328A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
providing all blind and visually impaired patients with a large print
version or, upon request of the patient, with an audio recording of
the discharge plan and preadmission information

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The purpose of the bill is to direct hospitals to provide all blind
and visually impaired patients with a large print version or, upon
request of the patient, with an audio recording of the discharge plan
and preadmission information in an effort to allow access to this
sensitive healthcare information while protecting patients' right to
privacy on such matters.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new subdivision 9 to section 2803-i of the public
health law that directs hospitals to provide all blind and visually
impaired patients with a large print version or, at the patient's or
patient's representative's request, as an audio recording available on
either a compact disc, electronically transmitted digital file or
other medium offered by the hospital in addition to a written copy.

Section 2 adds a new section 2803-t of the public health law that
directs hospitals that provide preadmission information to a patient,
shall offer a blind or visually impaired patient a large print
version, or at the patient's or patient's representative's request, as
an audio recording available on either a compact disc, electronically
transmitted digital file or other medium offered by the hospital in
addition to a written copy.

Section 3 sets an effective date of ninety days following enactment of
the law.

JUSTIFICATION:

It is often difficult for patients to remember the extensive
instructions given to them by their doctors upon preadmission to and
discharge from hospital. Blind or visually impaired patients might
also have trouble writing down instructions, which would compound the
difficulty of remembering them. In addition, privacy to sensitive
private health information contained in these types of documents is
lost under current practices when hospital employees read this
information aloud to patients.

This bill requires hospitals to provide blind and visually impaired
patients with a large print version, or upon request an audio
recording, of their preadmission information and discharge plan so
they will have access to their doctors' instructions once they leave
the hospital. This bill is necessary to ensure that such patients are
able to access and follow the instructions given by their doctors and
to protect their privacy of this sensitive information.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:.


2011-12, S.4325/A.1469-A(Rosenthal); 2009-10,
S.8170(Peralta)/A.6671-B(Rosenthal)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

Undetermined

EFFECTIVE DATE:'

This act shall take effect on the ninetieth 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 328--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. AVELLA, ADDABBO, GRISANTI -- 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 public health law,  in  relation  to  providing  all
  blind  and  visually  impaired patients with a large print version or,
  upon request of the patient, with an audio recording of the  discharge
  plan and preadmission information

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 9 of section 2803-i of the public health law is
renumbered subdivision 10 and a new subdivision 9 is added  to  read  as
follows:
  9.  UPON DISCHARGE OF A BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PATIENT, A HOSPITAL
SHALL OFFER TO PROVIDE THE PATIENT'S DISCHARGE PLAN  IN  A  LARGE  PRINT
VERSION  OR,  AT THE PATIENT'S OR PATIENT'S REPRESENTATIVE'S REQUEST, AS
AN AUDIO RECORDING, TO  BE  MADE  AVAILABLE  TO  SUCH  PATIENT  OR  SUCH
PATIENT'S REPRESENTATIVE ON COMPACT DISC OR OTHER MEDIUM AS THE HOSPITAL
MAY OFFER, OR AS AN ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED DIGITAL FILE, IN ADDITION
TO A WRITTEN COPY OF THE DISCHARGE PLAN.
  S  2.  The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2803-t
to read as follows:
  S 2803-T. PREADMISSION INFORMATION. ANY HOSPITAL THAT PROVIDES  PREAD-
MISSION  INFORMATION  TO  A  PATIENT,  SHALL  OFFER  A BLIND OR VISUALLY
IMPAIRED PATIENT A LARGE PRINT VERSION OR, AT THE PATIENT'S OR PATIENT'S
REPRESENTATIVE'S REQUEST, AN AUDIO RECORDING, TO BE  MADE  AVAILABLE  TO
SUCH  PATIENT  OR SUCH PATIENT'S REPRESENTATIVE ON COMPACT DISC OR OTHER
MEDIUM AS THE HOSPITAL MAY OFFER, OR AS  AN  ELECTRONICALLY  TRANSMITTED
DIGITAL FILE, IN ADDITION TO A WRITTEN COPY OF ANY PREADMISSION INFORMA-
TION.
  S  3.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02139-03-3

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