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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to health|
|Mar 18, 2013||referred to health|
senate Bill S4265
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S4265 - Details
S4265 - Summary
Prohibits the charging of a patient fee for a missed appointment where the physician's office receives notice of cancellation of the appointment at least one hour before the time of the appointment; requires advance disclosure of physician office policy respecting any charges for missed appointments.
S4265 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S4265 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to physician charges for missed appointments by patients PURPOSE: To amend the public health law to restrict charges to patients for missed appointments and to require disclosure to patients of physicians' policy and amount regarding such fees where allowed. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill would add a new section 19a to the public health law to prohibit physicians from charging patients fees for missed appointments where the patient has given at least a one hour notice of cancellation or rescheduling of the appointment to the physician. Subsection two of the bill provides that physicians who do charge such fees, where allowed by law, must provide advance written notice of this policy to patients by posting the policy conspicuously in the physician's waiting room and by periodically mailing written notice of the terms of such policy along with patient bills. Subsection three of the bill provides that this bill is not authorization for physicians to charge fees for missed appointments where such fees are otherwise prohibited by rule, law, regulation, practice or where such fees are deemed to be unethical.
S4265 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4265 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E March 18, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. SAMPSON -- 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 physician charges for missed appointments by patients THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 19-a to read as follows: S 19-A. PHYSICIAN CHARGES FOR MISSED APPOINTMENTS OF PATIENTS; LIMITA- TION AND DISCLOSURE. 1. NO PHYSICIAN LICENSED UNDER ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE OF THE EDUCATION LAW SHALL CHARGE ANY PATIENT A FEE OR OTHER CHARGE FOR FAILING TO APPEAR AT THE APPOINTED TIME OF A SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT WHERE THE PHYSICIAN'S OFFICE HAS RECEIVED NOTICE OF A CANCELLATION OR A CHANGE OF THE APPOINTMENT AT LEAST ONE HOUR IN ADVANCE OF THE SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. 2. IN ANY CASE WHERE A PHYSICIAN'S POLICY IS TO CHARGE A FEE FOR MISSED PATIENT APPOINTMENTS, ADVANCE WRITTEN NOTICE OF THE TERMS OF SUCH POLICY SHALL BE PROMINENTLY POSTED IN THE PATIENT WAITING ROOM OF THE PHYSICIAN'S OFFICE AND PERIODICALLY INCLUDED WITH BILLS MAILED TO PATIENTS. NO FEE FOR MISSED PATIENT APPOINTMENTS MAY BE CHARGED IN THE ABSENCE OF SUCH ADVANCE WRITTEN NOTICE BEING GIVEN TO THE PATIENT. 3. NO PROVISION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEEMED TO AUTHORIZE A PHYSI- CIAN TO CHARGE A FEE FOR MISSED PATIENT APPOINTMENTS IF SUCH CHARGE IS OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY LAW, REGULATION, RULE OR PRACTICE OR DEEMED TO BE UNETHICAL. 4. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF THIS CHAPTER, A PHYSICIAN WHO IS DETERMINED, AFTER OPPORTUNITY FOR A HEARING, TO HAVE VIOLATED THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE SUBJECT FOR THE FIRST VIOLATION TO A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS NOR LESS THAN THE GREATER OF THREE TIMES THE AMOUNT COLLECTED, OR, IF NOT COLLECTED, THREE TIMES THE AMOUNT CHARGED, IN CONTRAVENTION TO ANY PROHIBITION SET EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09889-01-3
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