senate Bill S4265

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits missed appointment charges where physician's office receives notice of cancellation of appointment at least one hour before time; requires disclosure

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
Mar 18, 2013 referred to health

S4265 - Details

Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง19-a, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1626
2009-2010: S92

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

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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