|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 15, 2014||referred to health|
senate Bill S7504
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S7504 - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Current Committee:
- 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
BILL NUMBER:S7504 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to the definition of palliative care PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Add a definition for and update other references to palliative care in the hospice law. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill adds a new subdivision 6 to Section 4002 of the Public Health Law to define "palliative care" as "health care treatment, including interdisciplinary end-of-life care, and 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." This definition tracks the definition used in other relevant provisions of the Public Health Law. Currently, Section 4002 does not define palliative care for the article as a whole, but instead references "palliative and supportive care to meet the special needs arising out of physical, psychological, spiritual, social and economic stresses which are experienced during the final stages of illness, and during dying and bereavement." Section 3 of the bill deletes the definition of palliative care in Section 4012-b which is selectively applicable to services for patients with life-limiting as opposed to life-ending illness, and makes other technical revisions so that the new definition in
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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