Assembly Bill A1671

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Requires health care professional undergraduate, graduate and continuing education in chronic pain management and treatment

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  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2015-A1671 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Higher Education
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 28-F §2899-k, amd §2807-s, Pub Health L; amd §6507, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A9250
2017-2018: A4806
2019-2020: A608
2021-2022: A1335
2023-2024: A348

2015-A1671 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes standards to advance the management and treatment of chronic pain; incorporates continuing education programs for health care professionals who treat patients that have chronic pain.

2015-A1671 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 12, 2015

Introduced  by  M.  of A. ROSENTHAL, JAFFEE -- read once and referred to
  the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the education law, in relation
  to chronic pain management


  Section  1.  Legislative  intent:  The  legislature  hereby finds that
medical treatment of chronic pain in this state needs to  be  reexamined
to  enhance  the  ability  to  assess such condition, increase access to
appropriate care to treat and mitigate chronic  pain,  and  improve  the
quality  of  life  for  those  afflicted  with this condition. Currently
chronic pain is most often treated by primary  care  providers  who  may
have  little  training in the assessment and proper treatment of complex
chronic pain conditions. This, in turn,  has  led,  in  certain  circum-
stances,  to  patients seeing multiple health care providers and experi-
encing multiple and repeated diagnostic tests, that lead  to  inadequate
or  unproven  surgeries, prescription of unneeded or strong pain medica-
tions, with its consequential heightened possibility to lead to the long
term addiction to such strong pain medications, and the  performance  of
procedures or treatment regimens that are not able to successfully treat
or mitigate such chronic pain.
  Further, the current practice of the repeated utilization of different
health  practitioners, tests and unnecessary medical procedures to treat
such chronic pain is resulting in  higher  health  care  costs.    These
increased  costs come from unnecessary visits to health care practition-
ers, more and longer hospital stays, performing unnecessary surgeries or
other medical procedures, and unnecessary  prescription  of  costly  and
dangerous  drugs. This inefficient use of valuable health care resources
is contributing to the rapidly increasing cost of providing health care.
With the continuing aging of New York's general population,  this  trend
may  only  continue  to  grow.  Further,  the  consequences  to patients

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


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