senate Bill S6460

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires health care providers and practitioners to provide contact information for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program

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Jan 27, 2014 referred to health

S6460 - Bill Details

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Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง2997-e, Pub Health L

S6460 - Bill Texts

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Requires health care providers and practitioners to provide contact information for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program.

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BILL NUMBER:S6460

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
requiring health care providers and practitioners to provide contact
information for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require health care
providers and practitioners to provide either a patient or their repre-
sentative contact information for the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term
Care program when there is a determination that the patient is in need
of long term care services.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new section, 2997-e, to the public health law require
health care providers and practitioners to provide either a patient or
their representative contact information for the NY Connects: Choices
for Long Term Care program when there is a determination that the
patient is in need of long term care services

Section 2 sets the effective date

JUSTIFICATION: Implemented in 2009, the NY Connects program provides
locally accessible, consumer centered access points to seniors seeking
information about long term care options. Seniors are provided with
linkages to services and are able to make informed decisions about their
long term care needs, as well as streamline access to long term care
services and supports, NY Connects is part of the national movement to
redesign long-term care, which has proven to provide excellent outcomes
in a cost effective manner. NY Connects enhances the delivery of quality
medical and non-medical long-term care services through a single coordi-
nated system of long-term care information and assistance that minimizes
confusion, supports informed decision-making and enhances consumer
choice. This program ultimately improves the quality of life for seniors
who take advantage of the program by offering early intervention and
prevention and promoting the most integrated long term care setting,
based on the unique needs of the consumer, NY Connects also helps
seniors identify suitable levels of care and types of services to
prevent or delay the need for costly institutional care.

By requiring health care providers and practitioners to provide patients
with contact information for this vital program, and/or other resources
relating to long-term care, this bill seeks to encourage the use of such
programs and subsequently assist seniors in acquiring long term care in
an efficient and cost effective manner.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL, IMPLICATIONS: None to the State

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6460

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 27, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. VALESKY -- 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  requiring  health
  care  providers  and  practitioners to provide contact information for
  the NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care program

  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
2997-e to read as follows:
  S 2997-E. PROVISION OF CONTACT INFORMATION RELATING TO LONG TERM CARE.
WHENEVER A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR PRACTITIONER MAKES  A  RECOMMENDATION
REGARDING THE NECESSITY OF LONG TERM CARE SERVICES OR A REFERRAL FOR THE
RECEIPT  OF  LONG  TERM  CARE  SERVICES  TO  A  PATIENT,  THE PATIENT OR
PATIENT'S DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE SHALL BE PROVIDED BY THE HEALTH CARE
PROVIDER OR PRACTITIONER THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NY CONNECTS: CHOIC-
ES FOR LONG TERM CARE, ESTABLISHED  PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVISION  EIGHT  OF
SECTION  TWO  HUNDRED  THREE  OF  THE ELDER LAW, THAT CORRESPONDS TO THE
PATIENT'S COUNTY OF RESIDENCE OR PROSPECTIVE COUNTY OF  RESIDENCE  BASED
ON THE PREFERENCE OF THE PATIENT.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
have become a law.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13593-02-4

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