senate Bill S7504

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to conforming the definition of palliative care throughout the public health law

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May 15, 2014 referred to health

S7504 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7505
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§4002 & 4012-b, Pub Health L

S7504 - Summary

Relates to conforming the definition of palliative care under hospice provisions to be the same as under other public health law provisions.

S7504 - Sponsor Memo

S7504 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  7504

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- 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 the definition of
  palliative care

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

  Section  1.  Legislative intent. The purpose of this act is to conform
the concept of palliative care under article 40 of the public health law
with that in sections 2997-c (palliative care patient  information)  and
2997-d (hospital, nursing home, home care, special needs assisted living
residences  and  enhanced  assisted  living  residences  palliative care
support) of the public health law.
  S 2. Section 4002 of the public health law is amended by adding a  new
subdivision 6 to read as follows:
  6.  "PALLIATIVE CARE" MEANS HEALTH CARE TREATMENT, INCLUDING INTERDIS-
CIPLINARY  END-OF-LIFE  CARE,  CONSULTATION  WITH  PATIENTS  AND  FAMILY
MEMBERS,  AND  PSYCHOSOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL SUPPORT, TO PREVENT OR RELIEVE
PAIN AND SUFFERING AND TO ENHANCE THE PATIENT'S QUALITY OF LIFE.
  S 3. Section 4012-b of the public health law, as added by chapter  195
of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows:
  S  4012-b.  Hospice palliative care [program for persons with advanced
and  progressive  disease].  [1.]   Notwithstanding   any   inconsistent
provision  of  this  article to the contrary, a hospice may also offer a
program of palliative care for patients with advanced  [and  progressive
disease] LIFE-LIMITING CONDITIONS AND ILLNESSES and their families. Such
a  program may be provided by a hospice issued a certificate of approval
pursuant to section forty hundred four of this article, acting alone  or
under  contract  with  a  certified  home  health agency, long term home
health care program, licensed home care services  agency  or  AIDS  home
care  program,  as  such terms are defined in section thirty-six hundred
two of  this  chapter.  Nothing  in  this  section  shall  preclude  the
provision of palliative care by any other health care provider otherwise
authorized to provide such services.
  [2. For the purposes of this section the following terms shall mean:

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

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